On the clique-game

Abstract

We study Maker/Breaker games on the edges of the complete graph, as introduced by Chvátal and Erdős. We show that in the (m : b) game played on KN , the complete graph on N vertices, Maker can achieve a Kq for q = ( m log 2 (b+1) − o(1) ) · log2 N , which partially solves an open problem by Beck. Moreover, we show that in the (1 : 1) game played on KN for a sufficiently large N , Maker can achieve a Kq in only 2 2q 3 poly(q) moves, which improves the previous best bound and answers a question of Beck. Finally, we consider the so called tournament game. A tournament is a directed graph where every pair of vertices is connected by a single directed edge. The tournament game is played on KN . At the beginning Breaker fixes an arbitrary tournament Tq on q vertices. Maker and Breaker then alternately take turns in claiming one unclaimed edge e and selecting one of the two possible orientations. Maker wins if his graph contains a copy of the goal tournament Tq; otherwise Breaker wins. We show that Maker wins the tournament game on KN with q = (1 − o(1)) log2 N . This supports the random graph intuition, which suggests that the threshold for q is asymptotically the same for the game played by two “clever” players and the game played by two “random” players.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ejc.2011.07.005

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@article{Gebauer2012OnTC, title={On the clique-game}, author={Heidi Gebauer}, journal={Eur. J. Comb.}, year={2012}, volume={33}, pages={8-19} }