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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Scientific studies dispute rules in chess and football

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Hi Everyone,

This seemed to be long coming. Two studies by a Professor in Economics, presented on Thursday in Bilbao, dispute certain rules in both chess and football. The studies warn against the “lottery” of the coin toss to decide who starts with the white pieces in a chess tournament or which team shoots first in a tiebreak penalty shootout.

The Bilbao organizers of the Grand Slam Chess Masters Final have presented these studies, which will be sent to the main local and international football and chess organizations.

University Lecturer Palacios-Huerta has studied both the great chess championships and all of the penalty shootouts in the history of the world’s main football competitions.

These studies could have an impact on the rules used in future competitions in these two sports.

You can read the full story at and find more updates at the official Bilbao Masters Website.

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