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"It is claimed that diagrams for three-in-a-row games were chiseled into the roof slabs of the temple to the Egyptian pharaoh Seti I about the year 1300 BC.  No doubt the evidence, if it ever existed, has since been worn away by the elements and pollution"
-- Claudia Zaslavsky, 
   'World Cultures in the Mathematics Class'

  TIC TAC TOE  

 

 

In the British Isles, Europe and North America the Tic-Tac-Toe pattern is often drawn on paper.  Two players take turns marking their symbol {an X or an O} in the squares formed by the intersecting lines.  The aim of each player is to make a row of three of his/her  symbols. A winning pattern follows one of three forms: vertical, horizontal, or diagonal.

It is said that only the player who goes first can win, and  only then if the second player makes a mistake.  If the second player makes no strategy blunders the game will end in a tie, called a "Cats Game".

This implementation allows the human player to try his or her skill against the computer.  Options include selection of symbol, and a selection that limits the computer to a less than perfect strategy.  This gives the human a chance to win.

Click here for a discussion of game history and strategy.

 

 

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