Featured Article 18 May 2008

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I have a friend that I can always beat at chess. He has a critical weakness; if he loses his queen he panics and plays bad chess. I know that and so when I want to beat him I concentrate on taking his queen. Even if taking his queen will cost me greatly I know that I can do it and still beat him. The same thing applies in Stars! if you know your enemy you can predict his actions, and if you know him well you may be justified to take great risks or even losses to put him into his weak spot. If you always play with a few friends you can quickly come to know them and use this knowledge against them. However, most Stars! games are played via e-mail against people you've never met, or maybe you know one or two other players at most. So our goal is to glean as much information about the other players as possible, and use it against others.