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The unsolvable chess question

By Michael Jay ·
Two TR members are playing chess, they play 5 games and they both win the same number of games.

How is this possible?

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See below.

by deepsand In reply to The unsolvable chess ques ...

1) This belongs in the Off-Topic section of Discussions; the Question forum is for Technical issues only.

2) The players in question play each other for either 0, 2 or 4 games, with each winning half of that number, and play the remaining 5, 3 or 1 game(s) against a different opponent(s), with each winning the same number of those games.

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Strictly speaking - or should that be playing...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to See below.

They don't have to play each other at all!

They just happen to be playing at the same time, but not against each other.

Couldn't be against each other anyway coz there'd be too many interruptions from the forums!

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Ding Ding

by Michael Jay In reply to Strictly speaking - or sh ...

You are correct sir, they were not playing each other at all.

Sandy got the incorrect answer that is not acceptable as correct but there is one other answer that is incorrect but acceptable as correct.

If this is confusing then you must listen carefully to Firesign Theatre's "Eat or be Eaten" then you will be completely confused.

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Dingaling

by Absolutely In reply to Ding Ding

Not only was deepsand's answer correct, it was more complete than the one you credited with a "Thumb". Up yours.

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Not an up yours thing at all

by Michael Jay In reply to Dingaling

I posted this question as simple research to see just what options are available to the question poster. I should have added humor to the tags, as this is taken from the Firesign Theater production called "Eat or Be Eaten". I was not looking for serious thought processes in the art of Chess, I was looking for the answer in the production. It was funny and pithy, "they weren't playing each other" was the correct answer.

Sorry, I should have made that more clear and I thought that I had by my post in:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=223460&messageID=2248079
I should have clarified that in the top of the question so as to remove any confusion.

Soooo Do you have the other answer?

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As my answer explicitly allowed for all possibilities, ...

by deepsand In reply to Ding Ding

including their playing 0 games against each other:

1) Where is the error; and,
2) How can there be a "better" answer?

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Ooooh, Sandy ....

by Absolutely In reply to As my answer explicitly a ...

I think there are three possibilities in every game of chess: win [what you do], lose [what your opponents do] & draw/stalemate ["WTF," says deepsand, "is THAT??"]

If it were up to me, I'd excuse you for forgetting the one that you never see!

:^0

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Stalemates were taken into consideration in my answer,

by deepsand In reply to Ooooh, Sandy ....

The apparent oversight was actually an error that occured during my editing of the post.

Originally, I had listed all of the specific possibilities. I then edited that answer, before posting it, to condense such into it's final form; that, after midnight, amidst high temperature & humidity, and with great irritation to my eyes.

The initial entry, editing & posting went quite slowly, as most of my machine's resources, along with my available bandwidth, were being consumed by several large simultaneous file transfers.

Once the original post was visible, I noticed several errors, edited & re-posted, wholly overlooking the fact that the phrase "with each winning the same number" got pasted into the latter portion re. "outside" games, but not the first portion re. games involving both players.

In fact, I'm even more tired & of poor vision now than I was then, and had to re-read my initial post several times before spotting the error, as I kept "seeing" what I knew I intended to say!

And, if I've found & corrected all of the typos in this post, it will have been by sheer luck.

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Stalemates were taken into consideration in my answer,

by deepsand In reply to Ooooh, Sandy ....

The apparent oversight was actually an error that occured during my editing of the post.

Originally, I had listed all of the specific possibilities. I then edited that answer, before posting it, to condense such into it's final form; that, after midnight, amidst high temperature & humidity, and with great irritation to my eyes.

The initial entry, editing & posting went quite slowly, as most of my machine's resources, along with my available bandwidth, were being consumed by several large simultaneous file transfers.

Once the original post was visible, I noticed several errors, edited & re-posted, wholly overlooking the fact that the phrase "with each winning the same number" got pasted into the latter portion re. "outside" games, but not the first portion re. games involving both players.

In fact, I'm even more tired & of poor vision now than I was then, and had to re-read my initial post several times before spotting the error, as I kept "seeing" what I knew I intended to say!

And, if I've found & corrected all of the typos in this post, it will have been by sheer luck.

And now, of course, the Custom 404s are back.

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I just visited wikipedia, and it turns out that "draw" is correct.

by Absolutely In reply to Stalemates were taken int ...

Stalemate is a specific type of draw, in which "the player on turn has no legal move".

Bah!

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