Dave DuPlantis
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How are numerical chess rankings calculated for different ranking systems?
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In general, the idea is to give an approximation of relative strength among players, based on their history in rated competition in that type of chess (normal, blitz, correspondence). The greater the ...

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How many spins does it take to complete a game of Hi Ho! Cherry-O?
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Looking at the work that's been done so far, it seemed to me that this is basically just a Markov chain, and in looking for ways to calculate Markov chains, I found that someone has been there and ...

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Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?
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You would likely be more concerned with copyright law rather than patent law in this case, especially given that as you have noticed, the patents have expired. There is something of a precedent for ...

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What is the correct opening move in mancala when you go first in a 6 hole per side board?
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This site suggests third-from-the-left (your 4) followed by far-right (your 1). This opening has the following strengths: It empties bin F* early in the game, allowing Mi to play a single ...

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What chess-opening does this cat play
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That appears to be the Scholar's Mate, the four-move game that ends with 4. Qxf7#. In chess, Scholar's Mate is the checkmate achieved by the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6? 4. Qxf7#. The ...

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In Sorry, can I be forced to move out of my "safe zone"?
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Yes. From a PDF version of the rules, you are required to move if a legal move is available: ... if at any time you can move, you must move, even if it's to your disadvantage. and from the ...

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Discarding a card in Phase 10 that allows the next player to go out
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Yes, it is permissible ... and there are some occasions where you may find it to be advantageous. For example: One person may be on the same Phase as you and well ahead of the others, but she may not ...

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Are there any reputable chess openings which begin a4, b4, g4, or h4?
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These would be classified as A00: Irregular Openings. Starting with 1. a4 is Ware's Opening; 1. b4 is Sokolsky's Opening; 1. g4 is Grob's Attack; 1. h4 is the Desprez Opening. As you've noted, ...

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Monopoly: Strategy in trading --how do I compute the expected value of a trade?
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I actually do have a couple of quick methods that I use when offered a trade, and the one I use depends on the stage of the game we're in. Early game The first few trips around the board. No one has ...

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What is "Go" in cribbage?
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"Go" is when the count is less than 31 and the player whose turn it is to play has no legal plays (all cards remaining would put the count over 31). That player says "Go", the other person scores one ...

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How can I teach kids how to play Battleship?
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Teach them two things: Don't let your ships touch each other. Don't let your ships touch the sides. By doing that, no matter where a ship is hit, there are at least two adjacent places to target ...

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In Bridge, Can I Ask About Previously Played Cards to the Current Trick?
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I'm not sure that in a home game, the situations you describe are similar. When you review the previous trick, you're seeing all four cards at once, with no indication as to who played what (although ...

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In Pegs and Jokers, is it legal to split a seven card between my peg and my partner's peg?
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I think it depends on the variant that you're playing. This site lists the rules that come into play here. First, the basic rules: In the basic game, except in special circumstances described below,...

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In contract bridge, what are bonus points for?
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When one side has won two games, all points (both above and below the line) are totaled, and the side with more points wins, even if they didn't win the rubber. This is where the bonus points come ...

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In the English version of Citadels, what is the action text on the card named Armory/Weaponry?
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From this thread on BoardGameGeek, someone posts: The card says: During your turn, you may destroy the Armory in order to destroy any other district card of your choice in another player's city. ...

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What can I do to ensure that my friends' first game of Arkham Horror with me is as awesome as possible?
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As a novice player (I've played once with friends, some of whom had no prior experience either), one thing about Arkham Horror that was something of a challenge was figuring out what was possible or ...

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When a land becomes creature, can you kill it?
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I think it may depend on the effect and the version. For example, if you look at Living Lands, the ruling is right there on the card: Treat all forests in play as 1/1 creatures. Now they can be ...

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Resources for Nine Men's Morris
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With respect to basic strategy, I'm assuming that you've found this, which seems to have scraped the text from this page (or vice versa). In the early '90s, at least one person believed that the ...

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BlackJack Game with no splitting
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It's hard to say for sure, because there aren't a lot of places that prevent you from splitting aces, so there isn't a lot of strategy available that I could find about a soft 12 that says anything ...

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What is a good board game to use for a programming competition
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World Cup Tournament Football The rules are straightforward and very simple, and success in this game is dependent upon figuring out how your opponents are playing without being able to see which ...

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Making 6H (declarer: 54, AKQJTx, -, 98765)
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So the trick (no pun intended) is to get to the remaining winner in your hand: once Q♣ is out, your clubs are good, but the only entry is by using your trump. To win club tricks in your hand, ...

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Which boardgames need expansion sets before they work properly?
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I'd definitely agree with previous mentions of Catan and Carcassonne (although I've only played the latter on the 360, it also has available expansions, so I will assume the experience is the same ...

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