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# Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus. Marcus is a better ches

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Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus.
Marcus is a better chess player than Evelyn.
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn at chess.

What is the likely outcome if Sharla and Olivia play a game of chess?

A. Olivia will beat Sharla
B. Sharla will beat Olivia
C. The game will end in a draw
D. Olivia will decide not to play Sharla because she is intimidated
E. The two women will decide not to play chess at all

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12 Mar 2018, 02:59
chesstitans wrote:
Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus.
Marcus is a better chess player than Evelyn.
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn at chess.

What is the likely outcome if Sharla and Olivia play a game of chess?

A. Olivia will beat Sharla
B. Sharla will beat Olivia
C. The game will end in a draw
D. Olivia will decide not to play Sharla because she is intimidated
E. The two women will decide not to play chess at all

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I made the following logical assumption - if a play is better at chess - he or she "always" wins the game when playing against a player who is not as good as them.

A > B is used to indicate A is better than B.

Sharia > Marcus
Marcus > Evelyn
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn.

So Olivia $$>=$$ Evelyn

Here : Sharia is the strongest among at least Marcus and Evelyn.

Since Olivia is only "routinely" beating Evelyn and not always - it is safe to assume that Olivia is not as better than Evelyn as is Sharia ( who is better than a person already better than Evelyn )

So Sharia > Olivia.
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Re: Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus. Marcus is a better ches  [#permalink]

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12 Mar 2018, 06:15
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chesstitans wrote:
Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus.
Marcus is a better chess player than Evelyn.
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn at chess.

What is the likely outcome if Sharla and Olivia play a game of chess?

A. Olivia will beat Sharla
B. Sharla will beat Olivia
C. The game will end in a draw
D. Olivia will decide not to play Sharla because she is intimidated
E. The two women will decide not to play chess at all

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I made the following logical assumption - if a play is better at chess - he or she "always" wins the game when playing against a player who is not as good as them.

A > B is used to indicate A is better than B.

Sharia > Marcus
Marcus > Evelyn
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn.

So Olivia $$>=$$ Evelyn

Here : Sharia is the strongest among at least Marcus and Evelyn.

Since Olivia is only "routinely" beating Evelyn and not always - it is safe to assume that Olivia is not as better than Evelyn as is Sharia ( who is better than a person already better than Evelyn )

So Sharia > Olivia.

Hi,

But routinely also means regularly. So the safest would be to assume both are equally good, since no other information is given as to who is better among them.

I would go with C.

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Re: Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus. Marcus is a better ches  [#permalink]

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12 Mar 2018, 06:59
SonalSinha803 wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus.
Marcus is a better chess player than Evelyn.
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn at chess.

What is the likely outcome if Sharla and Olivia play a game of chess?

A. Olivia will beat Sharla
B. Sharla will beat Olivia
C. The game will end in a draw
D. Olivia will decide not to play Sharla because she is intimidated
E. The two women will decide not to play chess at all

Testguide

I made the following logical assumption - if a play is better at chess - he or she "always" wins the game when playing against a player who is not as good as them.

A > B is used to indicate A is better than B.

Sharia > Marcus
Marcus > Evelyn
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn.

So Olivia $$>=$$ Evelyn

Here : Sharia is the strongest among at least Marcus and Evelyn.

Since Olivia is only "routinely" beating Evelyn and not always - it is safe to assume that Olivia is not as better than Evelyn as is Sharia ( who is better than a person already better than Evelyn )

So Sharia > Olivia.

Hi,

But routinely also means regularly. So the safest would be to assume both are equally good, since no other information is given as to who is better among them.

I would go with C.

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Even by that interpretation Olivia would only be equal to someone who is better than Evelyn ( i.e Marcus).

Since we are given Sharia > Marcus and by your logic -> Marcus = Olivia so....

Sharia > Olivia.

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Re: Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus. Marcus is a better ches  [#permalink]

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12 Mar 2018, 13:06
chesstitans wrote:
Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus.
Marcus is a better chess player than Evelyn.
Olivia routinely beats Evelyn at chess.

What is the likely outcome if Sharla and Olivia play a game of chess?

A. Olivia will beat Sharla
B. Sharla will beat Olivia
C. The game will end in a draw
D. Olivia will decide not to play Sharla because she is intimidated
E. The two women will decide not to play chess at all

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Although I answered correctly, this is a bad question and not at all like GMAC Qs. It is NOT logically provable.
Re: Sharla is a better chess player than Marcus. Marcus is a better ches   [#permalink] 12 Mar 2018, 13:06
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