Roman decided to revisit move 36 of the previous game.

The position is [0.1AB;0.AB] + A2 + 3 + A4P1, which simplifies, with a little Sprouts algebra, to *3 + *2 + A4P1. By examining LV6, we can simplify the last component, and the game becomes

*X*+ *3 + *2, where

*X*is restive with G

^{+}(

*R*) = 1 and G

^{-}(

*R*) = 2. From ONAG, p 146, we know the following:

IfNow {1, 1 ⊕ 1, 2, 2 ⊕ 1} = {0,1,2,3}, and clearly {3,2} ⊆ {0,1,2,3}, thus we have oRis Restive, theno^{-}(R+ *m+ *n+ ...) = o^{+}(*r+ *m+ *n+ ...)

where r={ G ^{-}(R), if {m,n...} ⊆ {0, 1, G^{-}(R), G^{-}(R) ⊕ 1},

G^{+}(R) otherwise.

^{-}(

*X*+ *3 + *2) = o

^{+}(*2 + *3 + *2). This is a next-player-winning position, so Aunt Beast has made a mistake here. Can Roman capitalize on it? The game continues with 20(40)21 33(41)5[6].

This is A2 + 3 + [1<1>.1<1>.A;0.A]. From LV6 we see that the latter is just *3, so the position is *2 + *1 + *3.

After 10(42)10 21(43)20:

Usually when a game gets this far into the endgame, one party or the other will realize that they have lost and resign, but for some reason that hasn't happened here.

39(44)40 18(45)43[20] 18(46@19)45 19(47)21[46] II

This time it is Roman who realizes he has lost. And so it ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

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