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MWLS Icebreaker Collection
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Nim - and How to Win

There are two versions of Nim: the one we described where you lose by picking up the last match, and the simpler version where you win by picking up the last match.

The secret of winning at Nim is to realise that there are 'safe' and 'unsafe' patterns. Any move will make a safe pattern unsafe, but only a few of the moves open to a player will make an unsafe pattern safe.

On your turn, you try to make sure that you leave a safe pattern for your opponent to make 'unsafe'. After you have played the game a few times, you will start to recognise the safe patterns.


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