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  2. Goose November 3, 2010 at 10:19 am Permalink

    Hey guys, great podcast! Listened to it while on a long train ride to Chicago’s ‘burbs.

    Did you know that checkers is a solved game? There is a mathematically correct way to play that ensures you no worse a fate than a draw (like taking 3 corners in your first 3 turns in tic-tac-toe). I’m not totally sure on how to play a perfect game because I haven’t studied it (yet), as I don’t have access to the study and am not smart enough to figure it out on my own.

    If you’re interested, the study is:
    Checkers Is Solved
    Schaeffer et al.
    Science 14 September 2007: 1518-1522
    DOI: 10.1126/science.1144079

    According to Wikipedia, other solved two-player games include Connect 4, Maharajah and the Sepoys (my favorite Chess variant), Tic-Tac-Toe, and Awari.

    1. Brian November 3, 2010 at 11:14 am Permalink

      That’s good info Goose. I don’t think we are smart enough to figure it out either.

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