Games

Longest Trax Games

One of the unique features of TRAX is that it has the potential to be played to infinity. This is theoretically possible because TRAX is not constrained in any way by the limits of a playing board.

In practice however, very few games last longer than 60 moves, and even these are a major effort on the part of the players involved. The largest recorded serious game (where players were trying to win) was a LoopTrax game which took 179 moves, using 421 tiles, with dimensions 26 tiles wide by 36 tiles high.

Because there are several categories of game lengths, it has been decided to assess long games as follows:

  1. includes games that ended with a winning move after at least 60 turns. The length of these games is given below as N where N = the number of the winning turn.
  2. includes games that were resigned in circumstances where the opposing player had a definite win in sight after at least 60 turns. The length of these games is given below as N/O where N = the number of the turn when the game was resigned and O = the latest turn on which the game would have been won had both players played the game out to its optimum potential.
  3. includes games that were resigned after at least 50 turns in circumstances where the opposing player did not have a definite win in sight. The length of these games will be given as N/? where N = the number of the turn when the game was unnecessarily resigned. There have been no unnecessary resignation games that have reached 50 turns to date.

If you have played a Trax game that you would like to be considered for inclusion here, use the submission form. Here are the longest games of TRAX that have been played to date. Click on the link to view or replay the game.

179: chaz v ypercube
  - Played on Richard's PBMServer. Started 16/07/2016, finished 1/04/2018
148: jazzbeth v ypercube
  - Goldtoken.com - friendly game, September 2014
98/99: ypercube v Martin M. Pedersen
  - Started on Goldtoken and finished on Richard's PBEM December(?) 2010
90: Martin M. Pedersen v Authority
  - Goldtoken.com - May Top Challengers Rating Limit Matches 2007 Tournament
87: Kris Griffon v Aaron Armading
  - MSN Gaming Zone Tournament 2000
87: Michael Sargent v Peter Small
  - MSN Gaming Zone 2001
82: Peter Small v Carole Plante
  - MSN Gaming Zone Tournament 2000
57/82: Dan Pless v Donald Bailey
  - Internet Tournament 1994
80: Martin Pedersen v Authority
  - Goldtoken.com, The March 09 3 Day Tournament, LoopTrax, 2009
78: Ken Balakrishnan v Donald Bailey
  - GoldToken.com, 2006
77/78: keops v Martin M. Pedersen
  - GoldToken.com June Loop Trax, 2005
75: Kris Griffon v Aaron Armading
  - MSN Gaming Zone 1999
75: Aaron Bock v Donald Bailey
  - Goldtoken.com March Trax Tournament, 2006
69: dgb v jaha
  - GoldToken.com March LoopTrax Tournament, 2005
67/69: Unknown v Unknown
  - Canterbury Trax Club 1989
68: Traxplayer v ypercube
  - Goldtoken.com, October 08 3 Day Tournament, 2008
67: Donald Bailey v ypercube
  - GoldToken.com September 3 day LoopTrax Tournament, 2007
47/66: Ken Balakrishnan v David Smith
  - PBeMServer 1996
64: Kris Griffon v Donald Bailey
  - Traxgame.com Lobby, 2003
64: Guy Hodges v David Smith
  - GoldToken.com, May 2006
64: GringoNZ v ypercube
  - GoldToken.com - January 2008 3 Day Rating Divisions Looptrax Tournament
64: ypercube v Authority
  - Goldtoken.com: *Trax, trax and more trax club ladder - May 2008
63: Donald Bailey v David Smith
  - Postal game 1991
63: Donald Bailey v Aaron Bock
  - Over the table (until we ran out of tiles) 2001
63: Charles Reinke v Thomas Reinke
  - World Championship Candidate's tournament, 2007
62: Aaron Bock v Aaron Armading
  - MSN Gaming Zone 2000
61/62: *Leo The Lion v ypercube
  - Goldtoken.com - Feb 2008 1 Day Speed Games Tournament
52/61: Carole Plante v Kris Griffon
  - PBeMServer 1999
60: Donald Bailey v Andrew Butterfield
  - World Championship Challenge Match 1988
60: jazzbeth v ypercube
  - Goldtoken.com, 2006
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