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Backgammon more of a "game of skill" now than in the past?

Posted By: Chuck Bower
Date: Monday, 12 January 2015, at 5:47 p.m.

In Response To: Backgammon more of a "game of skill" now than in the past? (Timothy Chow)

Here's one measure:

For a (multiday) ABT event (or equivalent in other parts of the world and/or before the ABT was formed) calculate the money-game-quantity as follows:

(1/N)*Sum(dt*n) over all time(t) and players of money games (including chouettes) where n is the number of players involved in the money game at a particular time during the weekend. N is the total number of official tournament entrants.

Don't distinguish by size of stake, as long as there is a stake involved. Plot the money-game-quantity for all qualified tournaments as a function of time over the last 50 years. Take it from there.

Obviously this is a thought experiment rather than something that can determined, but everyone here is at least capable of thought.

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