Board Game Studies Colloquium VIII
R Richardson, J Retschitzki and Pascal Gygax
WARRI GRANDMASTER'S REPRESENTATIONS OF EXPERTISE: A systematic analysis of strategy during tournament games
As a sequel to Retschitzki's (1990) study of children's and adults'
strategies at the game of warri, the present study focuses exclusively on
the subgroup of expert players. In October 2004, we met a group of
worldclass warri players in Antigua (West Indies), where the following
measures were carried out :
We retranscribed the tournament games into a
database, in order to analyse them from different perspectives, that is, in
terms of game length, recurring configurations, but also in terms of
individual strategies. As for the two top players we interviewed, they
provided us with information about how they learnt the game, and how they
teach it, as well as their insights into the role of emotions during
the game. Our presentation will give an account of the trends that emerge
from this enquiry.
- thirty-one tournament games were recorded,
- two semi-structured interviews were conducted on the topic of
expertise at the game of warri.
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