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The term loopy in combinatorial game theory refers to a game in which a position may be repeated. Such a game no longer satisfies the usual definition of an abstract game.

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In go, a ko rule (depending on the rule set) forbids such repetitions, which means that go can be treated as an abstract game. A problem arises when we try to apply the usual methods of CGT to go: this involves separating a game into a sum of smaller games. As long as no ko can arise this works for go, especially in the endgame, when the position reduces to regions in which a move has no direct effect on the score in other regions.

When a region does contain a ko, we need to describe that region in a way which permits repetition after a move elsewhere.


Loopy last edited by Dieter on November 29, 2023 - 13:47
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