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Aug. 11th, 2008 | 09:58 am

DDJ: So you narrowly missed becoming a chess player!

CP: More like, I was so discouraged by my encounters with those two. But I think you are close. I'm very passionate about backgammon. I'm a serious backgammon player. Frankly, I think backgammon is a much more interesting game, much harder to learn.

DDJ: Because you have to assess such fine probabilities?

CP: It's something much simpler than that. In chess, when you play like an idiot, you always lose, so you learn. In backgammon, you can play 10 games, not play well, and win. So you think you are great but you have made a great number of mistakes. Tragically, life is closer to backgammon, because you can play a perfect game and lose!
Dr. Dobb's Interview with Christos Papadimitriou

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from: eigenvalue
date: Aug. 21st, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)

that's a great interview! awesome.

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