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Is it correct to infer a second, third etc place in board games with a score?

Tl;dr: Players' meta-goals do affect gameplay. And unless all players have the same goals, the entire concept of "best player" isn't well defined, let alone "second best", etc. First a bit of game-...
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How can a TCG player overcome "short term memory overload"?

There's several things you can do to help memory and evaluation: In the broadest cases, write things down. In Magic the Gathering, spells like Thoughtseize take a little longer at high level play, ...
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How can a TCG player overcome "short term memory overload"?

First, particularly when you have to make such decisions many times over the course of a tournament, physical fitness is important, and so is eating and drinking the right thing before playing. Second,...
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How can a TCG player overcome "short term memory overload"?

One big thing to develop is a set of heuristics. A heuristic is basically any simplification that will tend to steer you in the right direction. Some examples of heuristics for a TCG like Magic might ...
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Is it correct to infer a second, third etc place in board games with a score?

In a game where there is a scoring function, one can always rank players beyond the winner into 2nd, 3rd, etc. The real question is whether positions beyond first have any value. That question ...
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When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?

Usually, when chess in analyzed, it's done with the benefits of a decision judged solely on the game state. That is, players are modeled as caring only about winning the game. But of course people are ...
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