Morpion Solitaire - Record Grids with another initial pattern (5T# and 5D# games)

In the 5T and 5D games, the initial pattern is a cross using 36 dots. But is it possible to get a better score than the current records of 178 moves (5T) and 82 moves (5D) from another initial pattern using the same number of dots (36)? The answer is not obvious, it is difficult to find a better pattern, but the answer is yes!

Who will find a grid with more than 190 moves (5T#) or more than 102 moves (5D#) from an initial pattern using 36 dots? Send me a message!

5T# record grids

The first published 5T# example is a very nice symmetrical grid giving 182 moves, created in 1975 by M. Duloquin of Bry sur Marne. His full first name was not given in Science & Vie, but I succeeded in finding him in February 2010: 35 years after the publication of his grid, he was very surprised by my phone call... His first name is Michel.

Michel Duloquin's 5T# grid of 182 moves as published by Pierre Berloquin in Science & Vie, May 1975, page 134.
Published as a game: will you succeed in completing the missing numbers of moves?
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Robert Féron (1921 - ) in 1978 and 2009

Six months later, in November 1975, Pierre Berloquin announced in Science & Vie a better grid of 186 moves by R. Féron, unfortunately without publishing it. I was able to find this grid in Berloquin's archives! And thanks to the letter dated May 20th 1975 associated with the grid, this mysterious "R. Féron" was in fact Robert Féron, professor at the Université de Lyon, member since 1946 of the Société Mathématique de France, famous for his research on probability and statistics (on him, see the paper of Jean-Paul Auray and Henri Prade published in 2008 in Advances in Soft Computing, and the PDF file on his works on random fuzzy sets by Henri Prade, IRIT CNRS). Robert Féron remained a professor at this University until his retirement in 1986. Here is his small piece of ruled paper:

Original of the 5T# grid of "186" moves by Robert Féron, sent to Pierre Berloquin in 1975
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At first glance, we may think that he made a mistake, because we can discern (with difficulty) 37 initial dots instead of 36. But, after careful checking, we see he used only 36 dots. On the other hand, his real score is only 185 moves, instead of 186 as announced. Here is his grid, as I have reconstructed it:

5T# grid of 185 moves by Robert Féron, rebuilt in February 2010 by Christian Boyer
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Marc Lapierre (Versailles 1970 -) in 2007

In February 2008, Marc Lapierre, software engineer at Longrine (France), author of (5T) and (5D), constructed this grid of 187 moves, inspired by Duloquin's grid.

February 2008: 5T# grid of 187 moves by Marc Lapierre.
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Then in November 2013, I obtained this score of 190 moves, by hand. This is the current record!

November 2013: 5T# grid of 190 moves by Christian Boyer.
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5D# record grids

My first best 5D# score from a pattern of 36 dots was initially 100 moves, with this grid:

February 2008: 5D# grid of 100 moves by Christian Boyer.
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later slightly improved with one more move:

January 2010: 5D# grid of 101 moves by Christian Boyer.
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Peter Bartsch in 2010 (West-Berlin 1947 - )

Then, Peter Bartsch, Germany, improved again the score with one more move, directly using my above pattern of 36 dots. Congratulations to him... and hmmm... shame on me to have been unable to find this solution from my own pattern!

August 23rd, 2010: 5D# grid of 102 moves by Peter Bartsch.
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© Christian Boyer,