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Using Graph Theory to Outsmart Opponents Ken DelSanto May 6 th 2011 Graph Theory Conference Dr. A. Beecher Ramapo College of New Jersey
Overview 1.Chess A. Knight B. Bishop/Rook C. King/Queen 2. Risk A. Map/Board B. Territories C. Cut-Sets
Chess Definitions File : On a chessboard, the files are the columns, lettered a-h from left to right. Rank : On a chessboard, the ranks are the rows, numbered 1-8 from bottom to top. Tour : A path around the chessboard where the piece touches every single square exactly one time. Closed Tour : A path around the chessboard where the piece touches every single square exactly once, beginning and ending at the same square. Promotion : The action in which the pawn reaches the 8 th rank, and is allotted to choose to become another piece (usually a queen). Royal Pieces/Attacking Pieces : Royal pieces are the king and queen(s). Attacking pieces are bishops, knights, and rooks.
Chess The Knight - The knight’s graph (right) shows the number of possible moves for a knight from any space on the board. - Knowing this graph can help you plot out or visualize your attacking strategy, or what your opponent intends to do. - If the knight is one of your last (or your opponent’s) piece remaining, knowing this graph can help you promote your pawns, or attempt to prevent promotions.
Chess The Knight’s Tours - Knight’s tours (bottom) are not trivial. King, queen, rook tours are easy to see. - Knight’s closed tour (top) discovered in 1770 by machine, some 700 years after the game’s origin. - The knight’s tour closely relates problems in graph theory regarding Hamiltonian Paths.
Chess The Bishop and the Rook - Rook’s graph (right) is a regular graph where each node has degree The rook’s (king’s and queen’s) tour is easy to see from any point on the chess board. - The bishop cannot have a tour, being it only can move to half the board.
Chess The King and the Queen -The king’s graph (right) is actually a subgraph of the queen’s graph. - Additionally, extend each edge to every node in every direction (horizontally, vertically, and diagonally) and we can obtain queen’s graph - By looking at all the graphs, we can see that it is impossible to checkmate an opponent with solely a bishop and king, or solely a knight and king. It is possible to checkmate an opponent with just a rook and a king (and therefore obviously a queen and a king).
Risk Definitions Territory : On a Risk game board, a territory is a section of the map that is pre-designated by the game creator. Cut-Set : Set of vertices or edges in a graph that, if removed from the graph, the graph is broken into more components than the original graph. Cut-Point : A cut-set consisting of a single vertex. Bridge : A cut-set consisting of a single edge.
Risk The Game Board - The map (right) is easier to visualize than the game board. - Using the territories as vertices, and the borders between territories and edges, we can create a graphic version of the game board of Risk. - It is easier to analyze the graph if the continents are color coordinated. That way, we can understand cut-sets and degrees of vertices easier.
Risk The Graphic Game Board - When analyzing this graph, we can see the best way to conquer the world by finding the higher degree territories. - Additionally, it is easy to spot what edges (or borders) connect the continents. This will help us in finding our cut-sets. - Finally, finding subgraphs within continents can help us figure out how to conquer certain continents.
Risk Territories D(GameBoard) = (6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2) - The degree sequence of the game board (right) shows us the degree of each territory on the game board. - Clearly, the territories that have higher degrees are more important when trying to take over the world! - In addition, the territories that we will consider part of our cut-sets are important to taking over certain continents.
Risk Cut-Sets, Cut-Points, and Bridges - To conquer a continent, all we need to do is simply block the entrances from other continents. - We can see that these a the cut-sets of the graph of the game board. - Now we can see that some continents are disconnected from others. These territories are essential to conquering the continent.
Now GO CONQUER THE WORLD! or CAPTURE THE KING!
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