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How To Play A New Game Tic-Tac-Toe On A Checkerboard

Updated on December 9, 2014

Tic-Tac-Toe is a simple pencil and paper game. It is played on a 3 by 3 layout of squares on a sheet of paper formed by drawing two horizontal line across two vertical lines.

How to Play Tic-Tac Toe

Two players take turns drawing marks in the squares, one player drawing Xs and the other player drawing Os. On each turn, a player draws a mark in an empty square, beginning with the X-player.

The game is won by the first player to get three Xs or Os in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. If neither player gets three marks in a row, the game ends in a tie.

When You Play

When you play Tic-Tac-Toe, you learn where to place your marks to give yourself a better chance of winning or to stop your opponent from winning. And after a while, most games end in a tie.

An Alternative

How about playing Tic-Tac-Toe on a checkerboard?

Use a 5 by 5 area at one corner of the board. You can use sticky-notes to mark the boarders of this area.

Give each player 12 checkers so that each player's checkers is a different color. Then the players take turns placing one checker per turn on an empty square.

When all of the checkers have been placed, each player counts the tic-tac-toes, three checkers in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, made with her or his checkers.

Four checkers in a row counts as two overlapping tic-tac-toes. Five checkers in a row counts as three overlapping tic-tac-toes.

There will be one empty square, and this square can be used by both players to form tic-tac-toes.

The player with the most tic-tac-toes wins the game.

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