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By TTMMM, history, 9 months ago, In English

MIKE AND INFINITE GRID Mike and his friend are playing a game in the first quadrant of x-y plane. They have a toy car, which is initially placed at position (a, b). A player who can place it at position (p, q), where p<a and q<b, will win the game. In a move, a player can move this car from position (x, y) to:

A position (x',y), such that p <= x' < x. A position (x,y'), such that q <= y' < y. A position (x-k,y-k), such that 0 < k <= min(x-p,y-q).

Mike starts the game and both the players play optimally. Find the winner of the game.

I understand the question reduces to two piles with A,B coins and players can remove any number of coins from individual stack and can remove k coins from both where k<=min(A,B)

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