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?
(In reply to re(2): tes he can
This was posted quite late at night (my time) just after I'd emailed Jer about something.
Somewhat startled to find it, I focussed upon 'middle' and was certain that B could always win from A starting thus, just one cell!
In my flurry of diagrams I think I have Ady's model, I certain have such configurations but whether they were built against his description I don't know. All my investigations suggested that B could always win which is why I may not have probed that scenario properly when I drew it (if I ever did).
I am not going to categorically state that A does not follow the strategy outlined by Ady that B can always provide a winning strategy, but it would seem that way.
Posted by brianjn
on 2009-06-26 00:50:44