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Author(s): David Klein, Spencer Bowen

Students will explore a game between two players moving a chess Queen from place to place on a square grid. The Queen may move any number of spaces to the left, any number of spaces downward, and any number of spaces on the downward-left pointing diagonal. Each player takes turns using these moves. Whoever gets the Queen to the bottom-left square first wins!

Topics covered: Combinatorics, Geometry, Mathematical Games, Number Theory, Problem Solving / General

Mathematical practices: MP1 – Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them., MP2 – Reason abstractly and quantitatively., MP3 – Construct viable arguments and critique others’ reasoning., MP4 – Model with mathematics., MP5 – Use appropriate tools strategically., MP7 – Look for and make use of structure.

Associated Math Circles: JRMF, San Francisco Math Circle

Collections: Student Math Circle Starter Activities