VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.mathpuzzle.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy
Home Top Rated Puzzles Most Viewed Puzzles All Puzzle Questions Random Puzzle Question Search


Ovid's Game





(MISCELLANEOUS PUZZLES)

Having examined "Noughts and Crosses," we will now consider an extension of the game that is distinctly mentioned in the works of Ovid. It is, in fact, the parent of "Nine Men's Morris," referred to by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act ii., Scene 2). Each player has three counters, which they play alternately on to the nine points shown in the diagram, with the object of getting three in a line and so winning. But after the six counters are played they then proceed to move (always to an adjacent unoccupied point) with the same object. In the example below White played first, and Black has just played on point 7. It is now White's move, and he will undoubtedly play from 8 to 9, and then, whatever Black may do, he will continue with 5 to 6, and so win. That is the simple game. Now, if both players are equally perfect at the game what should happen? Should the first player always win? Or should the second player win? Or should every game be a draw? One only of these things should always occur. Which is it?









Read Answer





Next: The Farmer's Oxen

Previous: Noughts And Crosses



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK




Random Questions

The Puzzle Of The Doctor Of Physic
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
The Squire's Puzzle
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
Odd And Even Digits.
Money Puzzles
The Riddle Of The Sack Wine
THE MERRY MONKS OF RIDDLEWELL
The Coloured Counters.
Chessboard Problems
Who Was First?
Unclassified Problems.
How Old Was Mary?
Money Puzzles
A Packing Puzzle.
Measuring, Weight, and Packing Puzzles.
The Host's Puzzle
CANTERBURY PUZZLES
The Diamond Puzzle.
Unicursal and Route Problems
The Three Teacups
THE SQUIRE'S CHRISTMAS PUZZLE PARTY
The Archery Butt
PUZZLING TIMES AT SOLVAMHALL CASTLE
Reaping The Corn.
Money Puzzles
A Kite-flying Puzzle.
Patchwork Puzzles
The Riddle Of The Fish-pond
THE MERRY MONKS OF RIDDLEWELL