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Author:S. J. H. Sniffen
Description: An old, simple game between two players. A certain number of matchsticks (or stones, paper clips, etc.) are arranged in rows. The standard starting position is the 1-3-5-7 position, in which the first row has one object, the second has three, the third has five, and the fourth row has seven objects. The players take turns removing at least one object from any one row. The object of the game is to prevent your opponent from being able to make a move when it is his or her turn. This is done by taking the last object, leaving the playing area empty. Links to sites - key: d description; j java applet; g non-java online game; h history; r rules; s software; w winning strategy; l links.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games
Math Topics: Combinatorics

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