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Pentago Is a First-Player Win 136

First time accepted submitter jwpeterson writes "Like chess and go, pentago is a two player, deterministic, perfect knowledge, zero sum game: there is no random or hidden state, and the goal of the two players is to make the other player lose (or at least tie). Unlike chess and go, pentago is small enough for a computer to play perfectly: with symmetries removed, there are a mere 3,009,081,623,421,558 (3e15) possible positions. Thus, with the help of several hours on 98304 threads of Edison, a Cray supercomputer at NERSC, pentago is now strongly solved. 'Strongly' means that perfect play is efficiently computable for any position. For example, the first player wins."
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Pentago Is a First-Player Win

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  • by mrchaotica (681592) * on Thursday January 23, 2014 @12:48PM (#46047839)

    No, tic-tac-toe is always a tie.

  • by vux984 (928602) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @12:50PM (#46047845)

    state space complexity 10^47

    9x9 - 10^38
    13x13 - 10^79
    19x19 - 10^171

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23, 2014 @12:58PM (#46047937)

    According to the summary, 3e15 is the number of possible positions. The number of possible positions in chess is around 4e46.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23, 2014 @01:38PM (#46048293)

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  • by MrBigInThePants (624986) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @02:06PM (#46048561)

    Why is this insightful? He doesn't even understand the word "complexity" in the context it was used!?

    GO IS complex. Yes, the brute force complexity is stupidly large.

    But also the (non-optimal) pattern strategies that humans use and researchers ARE STUDYING (and have done for some time) are very difficult to emulate.

    I love how you just dismiss a whole field of research as if they had not bother to try anything else in the decades this has been study?! about failing to give people the benefit of the doubt...

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