# game

## Transversal achievement game on a square grid ★★

Author(s): Erickson

Problem   Two players alternately write O's (first player) and X's (second player) in the unoccupied cells of an grid. The first player (if any) to occupy a set of cells having no two cells in the same row or column is the winner. What is the outcome of the game given optimal play?

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## Square achievement game on an n x n grid ★★

Author(s): Erickson

Problem   Two players alternately write O's (first player) and X's (second player) in the unoccupied cells of an grid. The first player (if any) to occupy four cells at the vertices of a square with horizontal and vertical sides is the winner. What is the outcome of the game given optimal play? Note: Roland Bacher and Shalom Eliahou proved that every 15 x 15 binary matrix contains four equal entries (all 0's or all 1's) at the vertices of a square with horizontal and vertical sides. So the game must result in a winner (the first player) when n=15.

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## A gold-grabbing game ★★

Author(s): Rosenfeld

Setup Fix a tree and for every vertex a non-negative integer which we think of as the amount of gold at .

2-Player game Players alternate turns. On each turn, a player chooses a leaf vertex of the tree, takes the gold at this vertex, and then deletes . The game ends when the tree is empty, and the winner is the player who has accumulated the most gold.

Problem   Find optimal strategies for the players.

Keywords: game; tree