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What price glory? (Posted on 2015-01-22) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Two math. wizards play in the following manner:
From a row of integers 0,1,2,…1023,1024 A erases 512 numbers of his choice, - following this B erases 256 numbers of B’s choice.
Step 3: A erases 128 numbers, etc…
So at Step 10 player B chooses one of the 3 remaining numbers and erases it to define the amount of (dollars, pounds, euros, marbles) to be paid by A i.e. the difference between the two remaining numbers.

Clearly, A chooses a strategy to minimize this amount while
his opponent wants to maximize the outcome.

Assuming both follow the best strategy (Which?),
what will be the outcome of the game?

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re: Maybe? Comment 5 of 5 |
(In reply to Maybe? by Omri)

I think Charlie has already shown that B's best strategy is not to take out the middle of any segment.

For instance, let's say that we get down to 9 contiguous numbers, 0-8.  Then B (who has not used the best strategy up to now), removes 1,3,5 and 7. Now, no matter what 2 numbers A cross out, B will win at least 4.

If he uses his best strategy from the start, B can ensure winning 32.

(A's best strategy, of course, is not to play.  For more detail on this strategy, see the move "War Games" starring a very young Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.)

  Posted by Steve Herman on 2015-01-26 14:27:05
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