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### Game on a string

I am interested if one can design an efficient (polynomial) algorithm telling whether the first player has a winning strategy for a game described below.
The board is a string consisting of only ...

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### Misere nim variant

Is there a name (and strategy) for this nim variant?
There are $n$ lists of objects, say $L_1,\ldots,L_n$ where $L_i = \{a_{i,1},a_{i,2},\ldots,a_{i,n_i}\}$. Players take turns choosing a list and ...

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### Is the game Hanabi NEXPTIME-complete?

The game Hanabi is a cooperative, hidden-information game. You can read the rules elsewhere, but broadly speaking the players are attempting to cooperatively build a fireworks display by playing cards ...

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### Minimal Birthdays

In combinatorial game theory: The birthday of a game is defined recursively as 1 plus the maximal birthday of its options, with the zero game having birthday 0.
Suppose we define the quasi-birthday ...

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### A Banach-Tarski game

This is partially inspired by the question http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1383397/cutting-a-banach-tarski-cake, which I find intriguing if unclearly written.
A paradoxical family of subsets ...

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### Topological Subset Take-Away

David Gale's subset take-away game is a game where two players A and B play with a finite set $S$. Players alternately choose proper nonempty subsets of $S$ such that if a subset is chosen, then none ...

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### Lights Out game over GF(p)

On Jaap's Puzzle Page
http:// www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/lomath.htm#domtilings
Theorem 7 says:
If standard Lights Out is played on a m x n grid-like board, ...

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### Nimbers and Surreal Numbers [closed]

I have been researching Combinatorial Game Theory. One common theme is the assignment of values to games in order to classify the game as a win for a specific player. One such way is class of surreal ...

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### Is it possible to evaluate Connect 4 positions with Combinatorial Game Theory?

The surreal numbers in Combinatorial Game Theory only work for certain classes of games (e.g. they must satisfy normal play convention). This rules out even reasonable games with fairly ...

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### Generalization of Sprague-Grundy Theorem

In my research on Combinatorial Game Theory, I used a certain theorem that is essentially a generalization of the Sprague-Grundy theorem. Because the result hinges too much on the work of others to be ...

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### Why does the bitxor function appear in Nim?

I am conducting research in Combinatorial Game Theory (CGT). Although I have done a considerable amount of reading, I do not completely understand why the bit-xor function also known as the nim-sum ...

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### A (possibly boring) Voronoi Game

The board for this game is a compact convex region $\cal C$ of $\mathbb{R}^2$.
Below I illustrate with $\cal C$ an equilateral triangle.
Two players, $A$ and $B$, alternate turns.
At each turn they ...

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### Analysis of Nim-Like Game? [closed]

There are a finite number of heaps, each with a finite number of counters. Two players take turns; on each move, they may remove exactly one counter from any heap, and also, if the heap is of size ...

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### Anything known about the Grundy Ordinal of Sylver's Coinage

Sylver's coinage is an example of an unbounded finite (if slightly modified) combinatorial impartial game. Quoth wikipedia:
The two players take turns naming positive integers that are not the
...

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### Yet another Erdős–Szekeres game

Given $n$. Two players in turn write different real numbers $x_1,x_2,x_3,\dots$
The player after whose turn there is a monotone subsequence of length $n$ loses.
I guess that the question 'who wins' ...

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**1**answer

491 views

### Erdős-Szekeres game

Given $n$. Two players in turn mark points on the plane. No three may be collinear, no $n$ may form a convex $n$-gon. The player who does not have legal move loses. Who has a winning strategy?

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### On subset of Deterministic games

Denote strings $u,v$ from $\{0,1\}^n$.
Denote concatenated pair $[uv]$.
Denote
$$[uv]_{1}=\{[uv]\oplus e_i\}_{i=1}^{2n}$$
collection of pairs with Hamming distance $1$ from $[uv]$ string ...

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412 views

### Is it possible to create an infinite sequence in which no subsequence is repeated 3 times in a row?

In Chess, there is the Threefold Repetition rule where if a sequence of moves is repeated 3 times in a row, either player can claim a draw.
Say two players wanted to play a legal, infinite game of ...

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553 views

### Are the moves/rules of standard chess delicately balanced?

(While the world chess championship is in progress in Sochi...)
Is there mathematical evidence that standard chess is somehow
...

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**1**answer

777 views

### Removing pawns - the game

Here is a simple game I've invented (if the idea is not fresh, then please let me know):
The game is played on a board.
The board has some (finite) number of lines drawn on it.
A pawn is placed on ...

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359 views

### Nim and the Sierpinski Gasket

(I discovered this in high school, sent it off to a journal, never heard back, and forgot about it. I've never found anyone else who appeared to know about it; the combinatorial game theorists I've ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

771 views

### Maximal score for the 2048 game [duplicate]

t's been weeks (months?) since the 2048 game--by Gabriele Cirulli--took Internet by storm. I have an explicit integer $X$ which is greater or equal than any score of this game. Possibly my $X$ is the ...

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**1**answer

220 views

### Duration and critical groups order in sandpile models and chip firing games

The famous chip firing game (which is closely related to sandpile models) goes like this:
Place chips at the vertices of a graph. REPEATEDLY: If a vertex $v$ of
degree $d_{v}$ has at least ...

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477 views

### Decidability of the winning-position problem in an infinity chess with a finite number of short-range pieces only

Definitions
Long-range pieces: queens, rooks, bishops.
Short-range pieces: pawns, knights, kings.
We can extend the definition of short-range pieces to include also fairy pieces like: Berolina ...

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### Paul Erdős: Determine or estimate the number of maximal triangle-free graphs on n vertices

Among the collections of the open problems of Paul Erdős on the website of
Professor Fan Chung, there is one called "number of triangle-free graphs".
...

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### Nash Equilibrium in general graphical game

Any one has any ideas about how to compute the Nash Equilibrium in general graphical game? Especially, when the graph structure is not a tree.

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### How many combinations does Android pattern have? [closed]

Rules-
1) At-least 4 and at-max 9 dots must be connected.
2) There can be no jumps
3) Once a dot is crossed, you can jump over it.

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### The original proof of Wythoff's game

I am looking for the original proof of Wythoff's game. Wythoff provided the first full analysis of this game in "A modication of the game of nim, Nieuw Archief door Wiskunde, 199{202, 1907". However, ...

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**1**answer

282 views

### efficient arithmetic with (short) Conway games?

We consider "games" in the sense of ONAG. Conway's definition of a game $G$ as a pair $G = \{L \mid R \}$ of sets of games, together with the definitions of inequality and the arithmetic operations ...

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### Infinite-dimensional hex

Suppose $n$ players take turns selecting vertices of the grid $[k]^n = \left\{0, 1, 2, \ldots, k-1\right\}^n$. Each player is assigned a pair of opposite faces of the grid, and wins the game if they ...

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### A Ramsey avoidance game

Consider the following game: Given $K_n$ the complete graph on $n$ vertices, two players take turns coloring its edges. Initially no edges are colored. At his turn a player can color a prevoiusly not ...

**0**

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**1**answer

179 views

### What is a description of winning strategies in this tile game?

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out how to describe all winning strategies for "Player 1" in the following game:
Consider a board with $n$ tiles arranged in a row. Player 1 and Player 2 each ...

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**1**answer

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### Calculate the probability of winning for a selected tic-tac-toe player

I am not a mathematician, I am a programmer. Sorry, if formulation of the problem is inexact.
I want to calculate the probability of winning for a selected tic-tac-toe player.
I have a directed graph ...

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**3**answers

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### Simulating Mixed Nash Equilibria

I have a $N$ person game where each person has a set of $M$ discrete strategies. I know from the theory that at least one mixed strategy Nash Equilibrium exists.
Can someone please tell me how do I ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

235 views

### Infinite board games: sentences about

As a unified approach if we have an ( read any) infinite board game described as $\mathcal{G}$ using a particular axiom set A..
can a sentence be devised in A which automatically answers the basic ...

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**4**answers

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### How many possible ways are there to win in Quoridor?

Quoridor is a board game in which the objective is to move a piece across to the other side. A player can put up fences to block other players from advancing forward. How many possible ways are there ...

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455 views

### The infinite X in Conway's game of life

In Conway's game of life, take the initial position to be two infinite diagonal lines of live cells, with a single cell in common. Does this thing converge to a stable configuration? I.e., is the ...

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### Is there any superstable configuration in the game of life?

This question spins off of Gil Kalai's recent question on Conway's game of life for a random initial configuration.
There are numerous configurations in the game of life that are known to be ...

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### Conway's game of life for random initial position

What is the behavior of Conway's game of life when the initial position is random? -- We can ask this question on an infinite grid or on an $n$ by $n$ table (planar or on a torus). Specifically ...

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### Mathematical model for Hanoi Towers

The strategy for the Hanoi Tower puzzle is quite simple. It is based on parity only. In an $n$-pieces puzzle, $2^n-1$ moves are sufficient to carry the whole pile from one pole to another one. My ...

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377 views

### Number of Configurations in the optimal Hanoi tower

There is a unique strategy how to move $n$ disks from the first rod to the second optimally and it takes $2^n-1$ steps, solution is obtained by simple recursion. I am interested into the following ...

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4k views

### Verifying the correctness of a Sudoku solution

A Sudoku is solved correctly, if all columns, all rows and all 9 subsquares are filled with the numbers 1 to 9 without repetition. Hence, in order to verify if a (correct) solution is correct, one has ...

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**3**answers

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### Motivation and Intuition for Sprague-Grundy Theorem

I have read about Sprague Grundy Theorem and understand the proof of its correctness. However, I am unable to see the motivation behind the definitions. How do Sprague and Grundy know that they should ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

494 views

### Generalized Sprague-Grundy Theorem

Hey,
I know what is Sprague-Grundy theorem, but I want to know about generalized Sprague-Grundy (GSG) theorem ( which is used for games with cycles ). Apparently there seems to be very less ...

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**1**answer

810 views

### Principal maximal ideals in Z[x]/(F)

Is there some irreducible $F \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ such that $\mathbb{Z}[x]/(F)$ has no principal maximal ideal? Equivalently, is it possible that the $1$-dimensional integral domain $\mathbb{Z}[x]/(F)$ ...

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### Open games formed by pasting together infinitely many clopen games

Throughout, I think of games and their underlying trees as the same: so a "clopen game" and a "well-founded tree" mean the same thing.
Fix a sequence of clopen games $\lbrace T_i: i\in\omega\rbrace$. ...

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**1**answer

241 views

### Equilibrium of random zero-sum game,

Hi,
How to find, or at least express, the equilibrium of a zero-sum game with an $n*n$ payoff matrix (each player has $n$ strategies) and the payoff of the entry $(i,j)$ is $u(i,j)$. $u$ a random ...

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### What is known about infinite diminished disjunctive compounds of loopfree partizan combinatorial games?

Background
Basic theories of loopy (normal-play) games which may go on forever under the usual disjunctive sum (the game ends when there are no moves available for you in any component on your turn) ...

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### Sane bound on number of moves for Maker-Breaker game on $\mathbb R^2$ for $\{0,1,2,3,4\}$

The description below comes from
József Beck. Combinatorial games. Tic-tac-toe theory, Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications, 114. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008, MR2402857 ...

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**1**answer

282 views

### a question on game of chess [closed]

In the game of chess,it is a proven fact that either of the three conditions hold:
1)white has a winning strategy
2) black has a winning strategy or
3)either of them can at least force a draw.
It is ...