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Instructions: Start off with ten counters. Each team will take a turn, taking one or two counters each time. The team that must take the final counter, also known as the poison counter, loses.
Devise a winning strategy to which the game can be won every time with any amount of counters.
To come up with a strategy that works every time the amount of counters must be consistent. The amount of chips that can be taken in one full turn (both teams taking their counters) is two, three, and four. For the game to be consistent every time the best strategy would be to take the opposite amount of counters as the other team (if they take one then you take two). This gives a total amount of three counters taken in a full turn. If you were to take the same amount of counters as the other team you could end up with a total of two counters (them taking one and you taking one) and four (them taking two and you taking two).
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