Date: Mar 19, 2004 6:10 PM
Author: Richard Henry
Subject: Re: Hex Win Proof?

"Tim Brauch" <RnEeMwOs.pVoEst@tbrauch.cNOoSPAMm> wrote in message
> (Jonathan Welton) wrote in
> news://

> > Neither of the proofs (which are basically the same) posted so far is
> > correct. Both would apparently conclude that a winning path would be
> > formed on a squared board, whereas this is not the case - a squared
> > board could end in a draw.
> >
> > An actual proof must use the hex nature of the board or,
> > alternatively, that 3 cells meet at each vertex. A proof is given in
> > Cameron Browne's book Hex Strategy, but whether it would convince an
> > intelligent layman is not clear.
> >
> > Maybe a simpler proof could be achieved by induction?
> >
> > Jonathan Welton

> I wasn't assuming a square board, I was imagining the board set up like
> a parallelogram. At least, that is how I orientate the board when I
> play. Then red goes top to bottom and blue goes left to right (red and
> blue because the board I made uses poker chips).
> What would be more interesting is trying to explain to a lay person that
> whoever goes first should win, unless they screw it up. That is why
> whenever I play, I always go second. If I lose, it was destined.

If you are a really good player, you go second, and tell your opponent the
moment he loses the advantage.