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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