Friday, March 14, 2014

The "Jeopardy! Villain" Finally Loses

Arthur Chu's 11-game streak has come to an end.  The Ohio resident fell just short of winning a grand total of $300.000 during the streak.  The name of new champion Diana Peloquin will surely live on in Jeopary lore.

Chu generated quite a bit of controversy for the gameplay strategy he employed, where instead of going down the columns from top to bottom in a given category, he jumped around the board looking for the Daily Doubles in each of the first two rounds.

While I did find it difficult to predict which categories Chu was going to select from, I did not have any issues with his strategy whatsoever.  There are no rules in Jeopardy! that don't allow players to jump across the board from category to category looking for the Daily Doubles as well as the other big money clues if they choose to do so.

The way I understand it, Jeopardy! is a game show.  It should stand to reason then that, as long as no violation of the written rules has occurred, the players involved should be allowed to employ whatever strategy they feel best suits them to have the most success.  This was the case with Arthur Chu.  He employed a strategy that gave him a good chance to have a very successful run as a Jeopardy! champion.

What a run it was!  I look forward to seeing you at the Tournament of Champions in a few months Mr. Chu.

One final note.  I had a hunch that Chu's run would end when I saw a promo for Arthur's story on Good Morning America while the episode was still on.  It seemed somewhat odd for that to happen at that point in time.

Tim Musick
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