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Two men sat at a square table, each with a very large number of stakes. They had entered a contest of wits, or so they called it. The winner of the contest would be the last person to place a stake onto the table without disturbing another.
They didn't seem to mind that the stakes weren't all identical, but they reasoned that all of them were close to being four inches long, with all sides flat.
The second man sat smug in his chair, a clever strategy worked out in his head. However, when the first man had made his move, the second man's smile vanished.
What is the best strategy to win this game?
What did the first man do to disrupt the second's strategy?