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Reverse dots and boxes

I would suggest an alternate (simpler) strategy:
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Optimal play for 2 by 2 dots and boxes

Going first, you should be able to force a win. Using @kaine's terminology: box - an area on the board that can be made into a square square - a box of 4 lines three - a box of three lines which ...
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Reverse dots and... cubes? - Snowflake edition

The player who can win is by this strategy:
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Reverse dots and boxes, swastika edition

First player wins Example:
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Dots and Boxes- Best Move in Given Position

Since there were exactly 32 empty spaces, I tried to push the ability of my computer and enumerate the best possible move starting from all $2^{32}$ states. For each state, the code finds the maximum ...
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Reverse dots and boxes – Guess the last move

Let's name the lines. ...
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Dots and Boxes- Best Move in Given Position

This is my first experience with Dots and Boxes, so please be kind if I am making some terrible mistakes. Per the wikipedia link: An expert player tries to force their opponent to be the one to ...
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Dots and Boxes- Best Move in Given Position

Most likely you wish to avoid connecting any dots that would allow your opponent (computer) to place a box. As such, you're left with individually choosing one of the following possibilities (marked ...
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What's a good Boxes Strategy?

The game Boxes is another form of the game "Dots and Lines" or "Dots and Boxes", where the strategy is understood as a game of early control. The idea is to force the opponent into a condition to draw ...
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Optimal play for 2 by 2 dots and boxes

Not as interesting as a manual analysis, but here is a brute-force solver, written in Python. (Warning, CPU intensive for about two minutes) ...
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Dots and Boxes- Best Move in Given Position

The goal of dots and boxes is to be the person that makes the last (and biggest) group of boxes. To that end, you need to figure out how many regions there are and which one is smallest. Here are ...
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Dots and Boxes Part 2- Best Move in Given Position

The player can't win. Analysis to follow. Here I've marked the "safe" moves in blue. We will call them 1, 2, and 3 counter-clockwise starting from the left. The sacrifices I have marked in green. ...
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Dots and Boxes- Best Move in Given Position

This is an unwinnable position if the computer plays perfectly. I need an even number of chains I am player one, as an even number of moves has been made, and there are an even number of dots. (...
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Optimal play for 2 by 2 dots and boxes

The key to perfect play in this game seems to be the number of lines in the center cross at the end of turn 6! Warnig I"ve not taken the time to put my 39 drawings into the computer so this is a map ...
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Reverse dots and boxes, swastika edition

Second player wins. After that, Then, On first player's second turn, In the end, Alternately,
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Dots and Boxes Part 2- Best Move in Given Position

The best you can win is 10 boxes. The computer always wins by getting at least 15 boxes. In this image, playing any of the red edges gives you 10 boxes if the computer plays optimally. If you play ...
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