What Chess Can Teach You About Luck

Even games of skill depend upon opportunity

Jonathan Rowson
Forge

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AtAt face value, there is no luck in chess. There are no random factors beyond our control; no dice, no card shuffle, no relevant weather conditions, no basketballs tremulously skirting the rim of the basket or tennis balls scuffing the top of the net and landing inexplicably on one side rather than the other.

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Jonathan Rowson
Forge

Philosopher, Chess Grandmaster and Father. Founding. Director @Perspecteeva. Scottish Londoner,