**HOW CAN I WIN AT TIC-TAC-TOE?**
To beat the computer (or at least tie), you need to make use of a little bit of strategy. Strategy means figuring out what you need to do to win.
Part of your strategy is trying to figure out how to get three **X**s in a row. The other part is trying to figure out how to stop the computer from getting three **O**s in a row.
After you put an **X** in a square, you start looking ahead. Where's the best place for your next **X**? You look at the empty squares and decide which ones are good choices—which ones might let you make three **X**s in a row.
You also have to watch where the computer puts its **O**. That could change what you do next. If the computer gets two **O**s in a row, you *have* to put your next **X** in the last empty square in that row, or the computer will win. You are forced to play in a particular square or lose the game.
If you always pay attention and look ahead, you'll never lose a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. You may not win, but at least you'll tie. |