# Can you tell who will win the game?

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Ank and Mini play a game of tick-tack-toe. In this game, the players try to get three circles or three crosses in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal).

• A player always tries to win: if a player can place his own symbol (X or O) in a row that already contains two of his own symbols, he will do so.
• A player always tries to avoid that his opponent wins: if a player can place his own symbol (X or O) in a row that already contains two of the symbols of his opponent, he will do so.

Of course, the first rule has precedence over the second rule, because the game can be won in this way.
In the game shown in the below, six moves have been made. Ank plays with crosses (X) and Mini plays with circles (0). However, we do not know who started the game. Can you tell who will win the game?

posted Jul 9, 2017

Ank has made the sixth move, and Mini will make the seventh move and win
see https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/puzzle-80-tic-tac-toe/ for explanation

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