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On Biased Positional Games

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 December 1998

Department of Discrete Mathematics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznán, Poland (e-mail:


Let TBin(N, n, q) be the game on the complete graph KN in which two players, the Breaker and the Maker, alternately claim one and q edges, respectively. The Maker's aim is to build a binary tree on n<N vertices in n−1 turns while the Breaker tries to prevent him from doing so. It is shown that, for every constant ε>0, there exists n0 such that, for every n[ges ]n0, the Breaker has a winning strategy in TBin(N, n, q) if q>(1+ε)N/logn, while, for q<(1−ε)N/logn, the game TBin(N, n, q) can be won by the Maker provided that n=o(N).

Research Article
1998 Cambridge University Press

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