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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

What are the chances of that?...
1. Happy Birthday, Ben (thanks for the meal last Saturday - you'll make a veggie of me yet)
2. Happy Birthday, Paul (looking forward to seeing you later tonight)

I seem to know two people with a birthday today. What are the chances of that, eh? Well it's quite high actually.

Does anyone remember their maths or stats teacher showing them the proof to the question: what is the minimum number of people needed to be in a group before there's a 50:50 chance of any two sharing the same birthday? I remember the answer being really low. Just 23. But I can't remember the proof. Can anyone else remember it?

And just to muddy the waters even further I know someone else who has a birthday today...
3. Happy Birthday, Nick (not seen you in ages - hope the recording career is going OK. Not seen you on CD:UK yet!)
Now what are the chances of that!?


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