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Subject: Winning strategy for first player if last move *WINS* rss

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Herb
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The "normal" form of the game is that the person who makes the last move (takes the last piece) LOSES. However if you want to play that the last person to play WINS, then there is a simple strategy for the first player to win.

Let P = MxN the dimensions of the board.

If P is odd: Take the center piece. Now copy every move your opponent makes symmetrically. Eventually you will take the last piece and win.

If P is even: Copy your opponent's moves symmetrically. You will eventually take the last piece and win.

"Symmetrically" means to make the same move on the opposite side of the board from the center of the board. Think about rotating the board 180 degrees and remove the "same" piece(s) that your opponent just removed.
 
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David Molnar
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Herb-
If this is a strategy for the first player, then in your second case you need to say what the first player does on the first turn. If I understand the rules correctly, which is possible, then in the P even case, player 1 should take out an entire row or column so as to split the "board" into two equal pieces. Correct?

David
 
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