Friday, June 24, 2011

Chess, backgammon, poker, and bridge

Chess, backgammon, poker, and bridge
The four great minds games

Games like bridge, poker, and chess are great for business. These games all use methods that can can be incorporated into the way you view and make business decisions. Chess in particular requires strategic decision-making, concentration, tactics, and evaluation.


Chess
A complete information game where you are playing against the board.  A game were the better player always win.  A small difference in skill make a huge difference on the scoreboard.  Chess is a game of pure skill, concentration, and strategies.  Chess requires strategic decision-making, concentration, tactics, and evaluation.  No luck involved here.

Garry Kasparov is maybe the most dominant chess player of all time.

http://www.businessinsider.com/29-executives-who-are-exceptional-at-chess-2012-7?op=1
http://gamblerspsychologykit.blogspot.ca/2012/11/can-psychology-of-chess-improve-your.html
http://chess.computerwebservices.net/
 http://whychess.com/node/2104




Backgammon
Just like chess, backgammon is a complete information game where you play against the board.  Backgammon is a tactical game of concentration, positional evaluation, and math.  The dice is the element of luck in the game.

The most notable player is the 3-times Backgammon World Champion and successful gambler Tim Holland.





Poker
It is a simple card game of hidden information who rewards attention and the reading of psychological situations.  An element of luck coming from the cards.  A game of skill and deception.

Currently, the best all-around poker player of the world is Phil Ivey.

http://www.businessinsider.com/wall-streets-best-poker-players-2011-6




Bridge
Like many card game, bridge is a game of hidden information.  Bridge is about remembering every card, probabilities, and communication.  Some luck involved here.

Someone could make a living as a pro bridge player by gambling 
high-stakes bridge and/or being a paid partner for people.

The best player in the world and probably the best player of all time is "Mr. Bridge" Bob Hamman

 http://www.businessinsider.com/best-bridge-players-on-wall-street-2011-7

So, apparently, unless you are a super grand master--chess is for fun and intellectual stimulation. Also, duplicate bridge is mostly "for fun". Backgammon is a game where you can be a pro and earn a living. Poker is a game where you can be a pro and usually earn even a better living than you usually can at Backgammon. :)



 http://correspondencechess.com/campbell/articles/a040617.htm

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