Game over?

August 9, 2015


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“[…] it is possible and perhaps theoretically necessary that there should be such a thing as an absolute chess [Abalone] game, i.e. one in which from the first move to the last no stratagem should work, since the best possible move is automatically neutralized. It is not too farfetched to suppose that an electronic computer, having exhausted all conceivable combinations, could construct this ideal game. However, one would no longer be playing chess [Abalone]. The first move alone would determine the winner or perhaps the loser of the game.”

(Man, Play and Games, 1957)

Roger Caillois, French writer (1913-1978)


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