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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 23:35
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Answer should be C. Reason:

Options:
A -- Out of scope.
B -- New information introduced and it may or may not weaken the argument.
C -- Good candidate since the line of reasoning proposed by the consortium is broken with a parallel example.
D -- Out of scope.
E -- Out of scope.

C wins.
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 23:39
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Answer should be C. Reason:

Options:
A -- Out of scope.
B -- New information introduced and it may or may not weaken the argument.
C -- Good candidate since the line of reasoning proposed by the consortium is broken with a parallel example.
D -- Out of scope.
E -- Out of scope.

C wins.


Yes, you are right. OA is "C".

But I ruled out "C" on the basis that differencies between two games may outweight the similarities between them.
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 23:46
I guess we should stick as close to the stimulus/argument and options at hand. Yes, in the real world there might be various factors coming into play but for this question we need to eliminate all those except for the most common sense assumptions/factors.
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 01:35
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Answer should be C. Reason:

Options:
A -- Out of scope.
B -- New information introduced and it may or may not weaken the argument.
C -- Good candidate since the line of reasoning proposed by the consortium is broken with a parallel example.
D -- Out of scope.
E -- Out of scope.

C wins.


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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 10:48
My take is A.

Reasoning is:

Premise 1: People enjoy plyaing chess when they have equal intellectual abilities.
A-Premise2: It is hard to find suitable opponent.

B-conclusion: Thus, few people play chess. (becasue of premise2).

A->B in this argument. We have to find either something other than influences B, or demonstrate that the relationship is reversed. actually B->A

So, I see A valid because price of a set of chess is the other factor that influences people to play less chess. Those who like to play intellectual games like chess, actually choose other games, because a set of chess is expensive.

Why in C we compare chess and tenis? Here is an unsupported assumption that even if the games are different the trends in all the games are similar.This may not be true.

Why C?
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I agree with pkit above; if the answer is C, this is a bad question. Sure, tennis and chess may both be more fun if you play against someone of equal ability. That doesn't mean that it's just as easy to find a suitable chess opponent as it is to find a suitable tennis opponent, and that's the key question here; it may be that all beginning tennis players are roughly equal in ability, or that tennis was already so popular that finding an appropriate opponent is easy. If C told us that it was hard to find a suitable tennis opponent, and yet tennis was still becoming increasingly popular, then C might be a good answer, but as it stands, it doesn't do much to 'undermine' the consortium's opinion, since it doesn't compare tennis and chess on the correct grounds.

Answer A does provide an alternative explanation for the unpopularity of chess - it's expensive. So it's a perfectly good answer.

I'd add that this does seem like one of those poorly constructed prep company questions, and doesn't have much in common with real GMAT CR, so it isn't worth spending time on.
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 11:51
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I agree with pkit above; if the answer is C, this is a bad question. Sure, tennis and chess may both be more fun if you play against someone of equal ability. That doesn't mean that it's just as easy to find a suitable chess opponent as it is to find a suitable tennis opponent, and that's the key question here; it may be that all beginning tennis players are roughly equal in ability, or that tennis was already so popular that finding an appropriate opponent is easy. If C told us that it was hard to find a suitable tennis opponent, and yet tennis was still becoming increasingly popular, then C might be a good answer, but as it stands, it doesn't do much to 'undermine' the consortium's opinion, since it doesn't compare tennis and chess on the correct grounds.

Answer A does provide an alternative explanation for the unpopularity of chess - it's expensive. So it's a perfectly good answer.

I'd add that this does seem like one of those poorly constructed prep company questions, and doesn't have much in common with real GMAT CR, so it isn't worth spending time on.


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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 12:07
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I agree with pkit above; if the answer is C, this is a bad question. Sure, tennis and chess may both be more fun if you play against someone of equal ability. That doesn't mean that it's just as easy to find a suitable chess opponent as it is to find a suitable tennis opponent, and that's the key question here; it may be that all beginning tennis players are roughly equal in ability, or that tennis was already so popular that finding an appropriate opponent is easy. If C told us that it was hard to find a suitable tennis opponent, and yet tennis was still becoming increasingly popular, then C might be a good answer, but as it stands, it doesn't do much to 'undermine' the consortium's opinion, since it doesn't compare tennis and chess on the correct grounds.

Answer A does provide an alternative explanation for the unpopularity of chess - it's expensive. So it's a perfectly good answer.

I'd add that this does seem like one of those poorly constructed prep company questions, and doesn't have much in common with real GMAT CR, so it isn't worth spending time on.


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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 16:51
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2010, 20:24
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I agree with pkit above; if the answer is C, this is a bad question. Sure, tennis and chess may both be more fun if you play against someone of equal ability. That doesn't mean that it's just as easy to find a suitable chess opponent as it is to find a suitable tennis opponent, and that's the key question here; it may be that all beginning tennis players are roughly equal in ability, or that tennis was already so popular that finding an appropriate opponent is easy. If C told us that it was hard to find a suitable tennis opponent, and yet tennis was still becoming increasingly popular, then C might be a good answer, but as it stands, it doesn't do much to 'undermine' the consortium's opinion, since it doesn't compare tennis and chess on the correct grounds.

Answer A does provide an alternative explanation for the unpopularity of chess - it's expensive. So it's a perfectly good answer.

I'd add that this does seem like one of those poorly constructed prep company questions, and doesn't have much in common with real GMAT CR, so it isn't worth spending time on.


Totally Agree with IanStewart and pkit. I think A is a perfect answer. I was trying to find a loop hole in my logic to see how I could C be an answer. Honestly I had created an explanation as well. But the post from IanStewart and pkit made me realise at times the OA may not be correct and one needs to be confident on his own techniques.

+1 to pkit on this one.
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Re: Chess [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 19:15
B relies upon an example of two competitive opponents playing one another. This implies that kids should always be able to find a challenging opponent, albeit a computer opponent, of comparable ability to play. This would weaken the argument if the conclusion did not state the difficulty of two persons to find competitive opponents.

Therefore, C seems to be the best option, although certainly not a perfect choice.
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