Checklines is a board game of the modern era. It is almost unknown and I don't know who invented it.
Yet she/he did a great job. How on earth did she/he came up with such an amazing board, interesting rules and a well balanced game !
The rules are quite simple.
You have 5 pieces. To win, you must arrange them in 2 lines of 3. That means one piece must be part of those 2 lines
In the beginning, there was nothing, only a board.
Then players alternate placing one of their pieces on the circles of the board until all pieces are placed.
Then players alternate moving 1 piece to an adjacent unoccupied spot. (There will be only 1 unoccupied spot.)
If a player cannot make a single move, the game is drawn.
I've solved it.
It is a win for the first player in 15 moves when both players play perfect.
I've demonstrated this by creating a program which plays perfect. (This program doesn't like well balanced games)
Interestingly, the deepest position was a mate in 24, which cannot be played but easily be discovered.
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