ULTIMATE Tic-Tac-Toe

cartoon6507Did you know that there’s a version of Tic-Tac-Toe that is actually very challenging and requires some mathematical problem solving as part of its strategy?

Head over to Math With Bad Drawings to see how to play:  http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2013/06/16/ultimate-tic-tac-toe/

BADGING:

Read the article.  Play a round of ULTIMATE Tic-Tac-Toe with a parent. Submit the game sheet for credit, and answer the following questions on a separate sheet.

  1.  How hard was it to keep track of the rules?  Did you ever make a move that you regretted because of the board it placed your parent for his/her next move?
  2. Did either you or your parent discover a strategy for maximizing your chance of winning?  Do you think you could build a strategy in this game or is it all based on luck?
  3. In regular tic-tac-toe, two competent players will always play to a draw.  Do you think that is the same in Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe?  With experience, would two players usually end up tied?  Why or why not?
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