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How to make a 1,500 year old game interesting

Via Aaron Straup Cope’s excellent littlenets post (which I intend to write more about!):

So, according to theory, if two godlike omnipotent probably hairless illuminati space people—perfect players—went head to head, the second player would never be capable of taking the crown, no matter how flawless their performance. So despite all of chess’ finesse, this folly takes it down to the same peg as Connect Four. “Essentially, my solution is, what if you don’t know what the game is when you start playing?” Sommer says.