Well, you know it’s, uh, it’s kind of easy to win when you, uh… NEVER MOVE YOUR BACK ROW, ever! God. Come on.

After 18 years of brute-force number crunching, the game of checkers has been solved. The result: as long as you play a perfect game, the best one can do is tie.

“The ancient game of checkers (or draughts) has been pronounced dead. The game was killed by the publication of a mathematical proof showing that draughts always results in a draw when neither player makes a mistake. For computer-game aficionados, the game is now “solved”. . . The computer proof took Jonathan Schaeffer, a computer-games expert at the University of Alberta in Canada, 18 years to complete and is one of the longest running computations in history.”

While I find the story pretty interesting, it also turns out it’s also a colossal waste of time. My brother brought to my attention that the game was solved long ago by David Spade. The solution? NEVER MOVE YOUR BACK ROW, EVER.


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~ by wcuk on July 23, 2007.

One Response to “Well, you know it’s, uh, it’s kind of easy to win when you, uh… NEVER MOVE YOUR BACK ROW, ever! God. Come on.”

  1. The secret of enjoying life and when playing any type of game is to say the hell with what computers prove or some professional players state. The fact is that the average person can enjoy game play of any type simply because most realize that all humans are prone to error. Life would a hellish dullality should we assume that a game is worthless to play if some gimmick proves all games should be drawn. That holds true for both chess and checkers.

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