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A strategy game is a game in which the player's decision-making influences the outcome significantly. They are usually board games, computer or video games, card games, or another type of game. Several games include strategy extensively, while others to a lesser degree, complicating demarcation. It is sometimes more accurate to say that some games have strategic elements, rather than being a strategy game; however, this depends on the game. The deciding factor separating strategy game from other genres is that there is either no or relatively less chance involved. Usually, the only physical element is the interaction with the game pieces, although there are exceptions. Players have similar starting positions or sitiuations, but use strategy to gain advantages over others. Strategy, as well as tactics, is dissimilar to luck in that chance-based games rely more heavily on probability. The word "strategy" is used by the military, and refers to high-level planning. Strategy games often deal with small-scale situations. Tactical games, a type of strategy game, deal with military planning, though also on a smaller scale than the military.

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Chess is a recreational and competitive strategy game of skill for two players. Sometimes called Western Chess or International Chess to distinguish it from its predecessors and other chess variants, the current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe in the second half of the 15th century, after evolving from similar, much older games of Asian origin. Today, chess is one of the world's most popular sports, played by an estimated 605 million people worldwide in clubs, online, by correspondence (mail and e-mail), in tournaments (amateur and professional) and informally. Aspects of art and science are found in chess composition and theory. Chess is also advocated as a way of enhancing mental prowess.

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Wilhelm (later William) Steinitz (May 17, 1836, Prague–August 12, 1900, New York) was an Austrian-American chess player and the first official world chess champion. Known for his original contributions to chess strategy such as his ideas on positional play, his theories were held in high regard by such chess players as Aron Nimzowitsch, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Emanuel Lasker.

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