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There is no game even of pure skill in which chance has not some share. For example, at the end of a game of Chess or Polish Draughts be­tween two equal players, the result is frequently determined by a disposition which neither had foreseen or combined. Again, the head of one of the players may be on a certain occasion clearer than that of his adversary ; and to this accidental superiority he may be sometimes indebted for a triumph over a superior player.
Bodily games, on the other hand, are sports that require certain physical dispositions, which after a certain age are but the portion of few.
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