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What If We Played Chess the Way People Argue?

Throughout the years, I have noticed a pattern that occurs when arguing with various people on the internet – rather than focus and deal with the actual argument I am making, they are arguing against a point that they anticipate I will make later down the line. Rather than address the question I am asking, they address the answer they think I am trying to elicit.  To argue and respond like this, I assume they think they are playing mental chess, relying on their clever foresight to anticipate my next move.  But more often than not, they are simply relying on their own stereotypes. So what would it be like to play real chess with someone like that?

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