As we all know, Houdini is very good at coming out on top against improbable odds! And oh boy are the odds improbable. For his next great performance, he claims he can play simultaneous chess games against the 8 best chess players in the world. Although he is a very smart man in other ways, he is a mediocre chess player at best.
8 chess tables are set in the room, and Houdini gets to play the white pieces in half the games. For this event, he scores 0 points for every loss, 1 point for every draw and 2 points for every win. He makes the ambitious claim:
I will score no less than 8 points
After all the games have been played, Houdini has scored, in fact, exactly 8 points. How did he do it?