Many of us play tic-tac-toe as a good time pass, but it is a proven brain explorer game. The game is not as simple as it appears. It involves looking ahead and predicting the move of the player, playing next to you.
We however, have cracked into the game basics and found out some really meaningful moves that will help you never lose the game in any scenario. Following these strategies, the worst case scenario could be a ‘draw’ but you will never lose the game.
If unaware of the basic definitions and rules, they can be viewed here.
In this game, there are two starting points. One, where you go first and the second, where your opponent goes first.
1. Winning or drawing when playing first
a. Center Move
If you mark the center, the opponent will mark the edge or a corner.
i) If the opponent marks the edge: you should mark one of the corners. In this case, the opponent can mark on the corner opposite to block you. But he/ she cannot block all the corners so you can win by marking the other corner to win.
ii) If the opponent marks the corner: you should mark the corner opposite to form a straight diagonal line. In response, the correct strategy by the opponent would be to mark the corner in line with his first mark. But he can by mistake mark one of the edges. In case he marks correctly, the result will be a tie. But in the other two cases you can easily win by marking one of the corners.
b. Corner Move
If you play by putting the corner place first, your opponent can only respond either by marking a corner or not a corner.
i) Anywhere except the center: If the opponent tries to block you and places his mark around the edge or corner, you can easily win by marking the other corner instead.
ii) If he marks the center: If he marks the center, you can win by marking the diagonal if he marks the corner as well. But the result will be in tie if he marks the side.
2. Winning or drawing when playing Second
a) Center Move
If the other player marks the center, you should mark the corner to prevent him from winning. By blocking the completion of the diagonal, the result will be a tie.
b) Corner Move
If the other player marks the corner, you should also mark a corner to avoid losing. Assuming that they will try to make a diagnal, you should mark the edges until a tie is reached.