Copyright (c) 2000 Vincent Everaert
This game is played on an 8x8 empty square board.
There is a common stock of 40 stones off board.
The distribution of b3 to b6 or e3 is illegal because it allows no capture.
Distribution to b1 is impossible because there will be a stone left to place over the edge.
Capture to e6 is possible: stones are laid on c4, d5 and e6, then the two-stone stack at d5 is removed.
The second player is about to win, so the first player may produce a stack. He cannot make a 7 stone stack at g5, because that stack could not be distributed (even if the player tried to distribute it to the west, the stones would be placed on f5, e5, d5, c5, b5, a5, and he still would have one stone left to drop...). However, he can make a stack at a5.
Another possibility is to create a 3 stack at d3, stacking the stones at d5, d4 and d3. If the second player drop another at d5, he can distribute d3 to the top, and capture two stones at d5. This is not a good move, because the east-west connection is still active thru the diagonal connection at d4 and d6.
|Some notes from the author: Threatening straightaway the opponent is not the right way to play NOTWO'S. Banking on the conjunction of different little sections may prove efficient. The extra condition on the game permits an active defense that should be taken into account.|