A 3x3 array of counters is laid out. Players take turns removing counters. The rule for removing counters is to pick a row or column and take any 1,2 or 3 from it. Whoever removes the last counter wins.
Does the first or second player have a winning strategy?
What is this strategy?
Right you are, Jer! I did indeed misread the problem, and solved the game where the last stone LOSES. But I believe I have given the correct strategy, for the wrong game!