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About tic tac toe:

The game tic tac toe (also known as "wick wack woe" and "noughts and crosses") is played by two players. Both players alternate in putting down a symbol (X for player 1, O for player 2) in any of the 9 fields. The first one to get three of his/her symbols on a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonal, wins the game.

Tic-Tac-Toe Strategies:

There are three main Tic-Tac-Toe strategies you must follow to win: First: choose to start. If you have the choice you should always start because you mathematically have more options to win. Second: choose a corner if your first or corner or center if you are second. You should always choose a corner first because mathematically it gives the opponent the least amount of options to avoid you winning. Third: pay close attention. If both players follow these strategies you will play draw every time but usually one will lose focus and that gives you an opportunity.

History of the game of Tic Tac Toe

Altough the precise origins of tic tac toe are unkown it can be traced back to the ancient roman empire in 1st century BC. At that time the game was called "Terni Lapilli". Throughout the roman empire carved out grids have been found. It is assumed they used stones to play the game so they could reuse the boards many times.

It is said that tic tac toe is the oldest game still played today. And although no prove has been found is said to be even played in anctient egypt.

Some facts about Tic Tac Toe

Tic-Tac-Toe was the first computer game, invented in 1952 by A.S. Douglas at Cambridge University.

There are 19,683 possible board layouts.

There are 362,880 different sequences to play the game.

When winning combinations are considered, there are 255,168 possible games. Assuming that X makes the first move every time:

131,184 finished games are won by (X)

1,440 are won by (X) after 5 moves

47,952 are won by (X) after 7 moves

81,792 are won by (X) after 9 moves

77,904 finished games are won by (O)

5,328 are won by (O) after 6 moves

72,576 are won by (O) after 8 moves

46,080 finished games are drawn

All tic tac toe names:

Bicho Chocha
Boter, kaas en eieren
Boxin' OXen
Equis Cero
Ix Igul
Jogo da Velha
Jogo do Galo
Kaat koot
Kata kuti
Katam kataa
Kringetjies en Kruisies
Kruisje, Nulletje
Kryds og Bolle
Kólko i krzyzyk
La Vieja
Naughts and crosses
Noughts and crosses
Phool aur chaukadi
Phulli Gola
Tre på rad
Tres en raya
Tripp Trapp Tresko
Tris or Filetto
Twiddles and Bears
X Mix Drix
X si O
X si zero
X's and O's
X-e O-zees
Zero kata

Variants of tic tac toe

The following variations of rules can be used when playing tic tac toe.

Three piece variant.

Instead of placing a mark alternating each players gets only three marks to place. After placing the third marker instead of adding another marker on of the old markers is replaced. This is actually the style in which the romans played it and gives more dept to the game.

Multi square variant.

Instead of having a 3x3 grid you have a 4x4 or 5x5 or 6x6 grid and so on. Now the goals is to get 4 in a row respectively 5 and 6 in a row. By grids bigger then 6x6 i recommend sticking to 5 in a row to keep the game playable and giving it more debt.

3d tic tac toe.

3d tic tac toe is played by having three 3x3 grids on top of each other. This adds an extra dimension to the game along which also three in a row can be formed.

Super tic tac toe.

9 tic tac toe field are placed in a 3x3 grid. Now the on each of the fields the game of tic tac toe is played normally. But now when a player wins that field gets turned to his mark and the goal is to get three in a row on the bigger field with tic tac toe fields.

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