The telecom war between Reliance Jio and Airtel was only a preamble to the impending battle between Google and Jio. Nitish Kumar broke the mahagathbandhan while seeming to try to bend RJD to his will. All the schmoozing between Trump and Xi hasn’t reduced the North Korean nuclear threat. Could we have predicted these outcomes before they actually happened?  Yes we could have—not with IQ or EQ, but with ‘Game Theoretic Quotient’. A new intelligence, a new way of looking at the world. Game Sutra highlights the underlying strategic considerations of entities as diverse as heads of state, bitcoin miners and CEOs of internet companies to explain their decisive choices. Immerse yourself in its heady mix of cogent fact and smart analysis to develop your ‘game theoretic quotient’. Your world will never be the same again.

Rahul Gandhi and the Beer—‘Dhokla’ Game

Rahul gandhi and the beer—‘dhokla’ game

Rahul Gandhi, who was leading the Congress Party in the bitterly fought Gujarat election in December 2017, was elevated to the post of President of the party towards the end of the campaign, when the prospects of the Congress had started to improve. This placed him at the risk of starting his Presidency with a losing electoral campaign. Was the decision to go ahead a sign of confidence in the Gujarat outcome? This chapter uses a famous game called the beer-quiche game (re-christened the beer–dhokla game) to make a guess.72

Imagine a middle-aged newcomer, known to have been callow in his youth, visiting the most popular bar in town. The bar patrons are ...

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