Games of Logic and Strategy (eg. Chess, Backgammon)

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Falafel's Game

50 minute documentary on one of the best BG players in the world, Matvey "Falafel' Natanzon. Interesting viewing even if you don't play backgammon, could just as easily be about poker.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stwDttkN6VY

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av0fG9i7bvw

Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji9FzLy6Kh8

Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XR8eXMvmME

Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVPbL-NV_OY

Part 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJS_lQTlYZs
 

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The World Chess Championship is currently on between the current and five-time champ, 44yo Indian Viswanathan Anand and the world's top-ranked player and occasional model, Norway's 22yo prodigy Magnus Carlsen.

Carlsen, it is predicted by many, will finish his career the greatest player the game has ever known. He is described as the ''Mozart of chess'' for his prodigious childhood genius. The Norwegian was a grandmaster at 13, the youngest ever world No.1 at 19 and, this year, achieved the highest ever chess rating score (2,872), breaking the record held by Garry Kasparov (2,851).

http://www.smh.com.au/world/defending-world-chess-champion-viswanathan-anand-44-plays-to-check-rise-of-young-rival-magnus-carlsen-22-in-chennai-india-20131109-2x8gj.html

http://www.chessgames.com/player/magnus_carlsen.html

 

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There are prodigies in chess and backgammon, but apart from Stu Ungar, are there any young poker players that are considered to be brilliant minds? Or is poker not comparable because it is not a solved game? Probably doesn't help that you have to be 18 or 21 to legally play.

I look at Carlsen and compare him to musical prodigies, or a 12yo kid that's going to university. This kind of intelligence transcends chess, as I think was mentioned in the interview.
 

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Just started playing chess online... apart from casual games with friends I've never really played much so don't know much past the rules.

Dropped to 500 pretty quick but last few days starting to get the hang of it a bit more... grinded up to 650 and now hovering around there. Pretty slummy but keen to learn
 

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