Do games with element of luck develop your mind?

There are many games with an element of luck – games with dice, cards, dominoes or letters. Some people believe these games are “worse”, unworthy of study and you can’t by a true master in such games because everything depends on luck. I would like to refute this image. Games with the random element can be very interesting and they can build your brain, but in a different way than purely strategic games. Besides in practice, even in games with no random elements, there is some element of luck.

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Ecarte – game from Arthur Conan Doyle’s books (and not only)

I like to point out presence of games in the literature. I have already described Whist, noble game loved by Phileas Fogg from the Jules Verne’s novel. Today, I would like to present you the game of Ecarte, which occurs in books about Sherlock Holmes and not only there.

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Play Whist like Phileas Fogg – part II, Solo Whist

I wrote about the game of whist, which was the favorite game of Phileas Fogg, protagonist in the novel “In eighty days around the world” by Jules Verne.

I wanted to show you a game that Phileas Fogg could play if he had really lived. I had a  problem because there are many variants of Whist, and the Verne’s book is not clear about Fogg’s favorite variant. I already described simplest Whist variant but I also pointed out, that Fogg could play so called “Solo Whist”. This variant was especially popular in the XIX century in England and today is still known in UK.

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Play whist like Phileas Fogg, part I

If you read Jules Verne’s book “Around the World in Eighty Days” (or if you seen film based on this novel) you probably remember Phileas Fogg – the main character, rich and generally remarkable man who had one passion. He loved to play Whist.

What the heck is Whist? From the book you can easily guess this is a card game, but… what this game really is? Why it was so good for man like Phileas Fogg? Is it really intellectual challenge?

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Spider and Flies – Russian national game

Spiders stimulate our imagination. They are nasty creatures, but also efficient hunters. They are a symbol of evil, cruelty, ruthlessness or selfishness, but on the other hand… they are so skillful. J.R.R Tolkien scared us with Ungoliant and Shelob. JK Rowling also scared us with Aragog and his descendants, but there are also positive and wise spiders like Charlotte in “Charlotte’s web”

Spider’s theme is also present in board games. I’ve seen a lot of games that relate to spiders and flies, and are often played on a board similar to a spider’s web.

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Cribbage – noble English game. Rules & Basics

Cribbage is really very… English card game.

It has not only English history (described below), but also “English soul”. This game is somehow noble. You can relax with it, but you need to think during play. This is not a game for idiots, and not without reason you can buy books about cribbage. This game is somehow not suitable for gambling, but of course  you can play any game for money.

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