What Backgammon Can Teach Us About “Luck”

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Creating Opportunities for Luck

When a beginner backgammon player watches an experienced player, it often looks as if the experienced player is getting incredibly lucky. Roll after roll seems to provide the experienced player with exactly the moves that they need to get their checkers into a perfect position.

Making the Right Moves and Still Losing

Another lesson from backgammon is that sometimes you can make all the right moves and still lose a game. It’s part of what makes backgammon so exciting. Sometimes, a player who just learned the rules that day can beat a player who has been playing the game for years.

Staying Focused on Long-term Results

Building off the last lesson, the final important takeaway from backgammon is to stay focused on long-term results.

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