When I was young my dad had a patient that was an ex NZ chess champion and grandmaster. I went to his place from the age of 5-8 most Saturdays and never won a game. You triggered a memory because on my first meeting he said “we will just play a game and not talk about it. I will only discuss a game with you when you become competent”... I was always to scared to ask after that despite being best at school. Love your post but I think we disagree on what minimally competent means. I also think a game where the AI has no memory means they are unlikely to ever be competent in many people’s eyes including the author, and memory is a hard thing to code well for a game like this. While the AI cannot remember seeing you you can abuse it.