A question of excellence: a century of African masters

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Africa World Press, Aug 1, 2005 - Games - 299 pages
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Africans show excellence in board games. The players of African descent make up a history of intellectual African accomplishments thus far unnoticed in literature on African history as well as cognitive psychology. A history of African players includes world champions, grand masters, blindfold players and experts at beating computer simulations. This study suggests three criteria of excellence which allow better appreciation of past and present players, illustrating examples of African excellence in a historical context of world events.

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Introduction 1 A Question of Excellence
Scholarship and Mastership A D 700
The Western Coasts of the Indian Ocean

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Alex de Voogt is a researcher at the School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies at Leiden University. His education includes African Linguistics (MA) and Cognitive Psychology (Ph.D.) at Leiden University. He has set up and co-edited the international Journal of Board Game Studies and has been initiator of the International Colloquia on Board Game Studies which have been held since 1995 at various universities. He has published his articles on African board games and their masters widely.

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