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Chess Tournament - Logic Puzzles

The results for a recent Chess tournament between five close rivals is described below:

Dale finished before Alex.
Emery finished after Blake.
Alex finished before Chris.
Emery finished after Dale.
Blake finished before Alex.
Dale finished after Blake.
Chris finished before Emery.

Who finished where?

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Answer: Blake won...

...then Dale, Alex, Chris and Emery.

By placing the person who finished higher to the left we have:

1. Dale finished before Alex (Dale > Alex
2. Emery finished after Blake (Blake > Emery
3. Alex finished before Chris (Alex > Chris
4. Emery finished after Dale (Dale > Emery
5. Blake finished before Alex (Blake > Alex
6. Dale finished after Blake (Blake > Dale
7. Chris finished before Emery (Chris > Emery

From 1 and 3:

   Dale > Alex > Chris

Adding 7:

   Dale > Alex > Chris > Emery

Adding 6:

   Blake > Dale > Alex > Chris > Emery

Which is the final placing for all of the players, and can be double checked with the remaining clues.

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