A natural draw Hex, Havannah

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A natural draw
  • hyperpape at 2012-08-29

    It seems that one just happened in a game between Pascal Huybers and Thnikkaman. http://littlegolem.net/jsp/game/game.jsp?gid=1456870&nmove=169

  • hyperpape at 2012-08-29

    I should say that because it was my lunch break, I was not able to play through the entire game, but I looked at several points, and it looked natural.

  • christian freeling at 2012-08-29

    Yes, it’s one to save for posterity all right. We’re going to save it at mindsports.nl in any case. I’ve asked Pascal to agree with Thnikkaman on a final move (humanwise). Nice to see an odd result in the standings :)

  • David J Bush at 2012-08-29

    It’s been a long time since I played Havannah here, so I forget- are players able to propose and accept a draw? It seems more than a little inconvenient that you would have to fill the board, especially since the outcome was clear many moves earlier.

  • christian freeling at 2012-08-29

    It would seem that the eventuality wasn’t foreseen in Havannah.

  • hyperpape at 2012-08-29

    Is this the first known occurrence?

  • christian freeling at 2012-08-29

    As far as I know there were a couple of bot-draws on very small boards.

  • Hjallti ★ at 2012-08-30

    #1456870 Christian K vs. Pascal Huybers
    Move: 169

  • christian freeling at 2012-08-30

    You might want to post a position around move 75 or thereabouts, when it became clear the game was a draw. The ‘filling in’ stage was only required to force the system to a result. An option to offer a draw would have made that unnecessary.

  • MarleysGhost at 2012-08-30

    #1456870 Christian K vs. Pascal Huybers
    Move: 75
    As of move 75

  • Christian K at 2012-09-19

    gg, it was a fun game. The end was a bit boring though. I actual wanted to resign when I saw that I couldn’t win. But then I realised that he couldn’t do it either.

  • Strange Yeah at 2012-09-25

    That’s a remarkable game. I would’ve been 99.9% certain that a draw was impossible on a base-8 board. Christian is right, too: the only draws I’ve ever noticed on this site have all been on very small boards, and when both players were bots:


  • hyperpape at 2012-10-14

    It occurs to me that it’s worth having a better player than me ask what the last move that isn’t definitely best was. For instance, 72-75 are part of the same drawing sequence. Each move is forced. So while the draw becomes obvious at 75, it is assured before then.

    How early can we see a draw in this particular game?

  • Christian K at 2012-10-18

    I would also e interested in if Pascal or I “misplayed” and could have forced the win at some point. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Havannah drawed when played optimally? Surprising but interesting :)

  • Castro_bot at 2012-10-19

    On size 4 there is a forced draw after 4 moves or so, but not from an empty board. There are certainly winning and losing opening moves on bigger boards, but it’s possible there are also some moves that lead to a draw. It’s actually quite likely that both of you were in winning positions at some point in the game, though it’d be so many moves from the end that it’s unlikely that we’ll ever have the cpu power to prove it.

  • Christian K at 2012-10-21

    hehe yeah but maybe someone had an intuition and could say like on move 20 P1 had an advantage but he thrw it away when he on move 49 allowed P2 to do etc..

  • hyperpape at 2012-11-03

    It wouldn’t necessarily be surprising if optimal play was a draw. At least with the swap rule, it is surprisingly plausible, since if there is any move from which you can force a draw, that is the best move for the first player, even if draws are very rare in normal play.

  • hyperpape at 2012-11-03

    More specifically, any first move from which the second player can force a draw but cannot force a win.

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