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Transitive Avoidance Games

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  • UserMark Walters (Queen Mary London)
  • ClockThursday 25 February 2016, 14:30-15:30
  • HouseMR12.

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There are many games where two players compete to be the first to make something—one well known example is noughts and crosses: each player is competing to be the first to get three in a row. It is well known that all such games are either a draw or a first player win.

In this talk we look, instead, at games where the first player to make something loses. One natural example is the avoidance version of noughts and crosses, where the first to get three in a row loses.

It seems natural to expect the second player to have an advantage. Is this the case, at least when the game is reasonably symmetrical? Our main aim is to investigate this question.

This talk is part of the Combinatorics Seminar series.

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