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Old 11-29-2016, 12:39 AM   #1
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What skill would you say Chess is more relevant to? Tactics or Strategy?
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:13 AM   #2
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What skill would you say Chess is more relevant to? Tactics or Strategy?
From the Basic descriptions, Strategy is somewhat closer but horribly vaguely defined.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:20 AM   #3
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From the Basic descriptions, Strategy is somewhat closer but horribly vaguely defined.
Agreed. Tactics is defined fairly specifically, and Chess has little to do with it.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:24 AM   #4
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What skill would you say Chess is more relevant to? Tactics or Strategy?
Neither. It's a game with relatively simple rules completely unlike actual combat. It's like asking which it's more like: cooking, or ballet.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:34 AM   #5
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I've heard it said that
Checkers and gomoku are primarily about technique,
Chess and Shogi add tactics,
Go adds strategy.

Of course, correlation with military Tactics and Strategy is a cinematic convention only.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:20 AM   #6
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GURPS Metagamer, a book about players playing game-playing characters, would be one hell of a book.

Until then, Games will have to cover very different games. Which is fair enough.
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Old 11-29-2016, 06:56 AM   #7
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I'd say it could be either. However chess is a stylistic depiction of a single battle rather then a campaign and that would be tactics.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:19 AM   #8
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Neither. It's a game with relatively simple rules completely unlike actual combat. It's like asking which it's more like: cooking, or ballet.
I agree with this. I'd add though that games like Chess, and even role playing games where you have to make decisions to try for the outcome you want, seem like good instruction in how to think like you would need to think for both Tactics and Strategy. I'm not saying a Chess player or RPGer would be great at Tactics and Strategy for real world combat based on the gaming, but it seems to me like there's some benefit from that way of thinking.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:25 AM   #9
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Neither. It's a game with relatively simple rules completely unlike actual combat. It's like asking which it's more like: cooking, or ballet.
I think you could make a weak case for a one way default. Chess skill wouldn't get you any Tactics at all, but once the rules are explained to him, somebody with Tactics might legitimately get the same sort of default to Chess as he would to the Tactics skill for some radically different kind of military unit.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:51 AM   #10
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I think you could make a weak case for a one way default. Chess skill wouldn't get you any Tactics at all, but once the rules are explained to him, somebody with Tactics might legitimately get the same sort of default to Chess as he would to the Tactics skill for some radically different kind of military unit.
I might let chess get used as a complementary roll to the IQ based tactics default. Which is to say it helps a little if you know nothing about it.but you still are crap at it.
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