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We assume inductively that conditions (A)–(F) hold for m < n. Our opponent opens round n by playing ln , pn , un , a legal move for I in j0,2n (A)[x] following the position Pn . Case 1. If ln = “new”. Set E2n = “pad” as required, so that M2n+1 = M2n , j2n,2n+1 = ˙ νn = j0,2n (ν), and δn = j0,2n (δ). id, and j0,2n+1 = j0,2n . We have A˙ n = j0,2n (A), The rules of j0,2n (A)[x], specifically rule (2) in Section 1A (2), tell us that there exist 32 1 Basic components names a˙ n and x˙n , both elements of M2n δn + 1 = M2n+1 δn + 1, so that un is realized by A˙ n , a˙ n , x˙n , νn in M2n νn + 2 = M2n+1 νn + 2.

Our opponent plays xn for odd n and it is our task to construct xn for even n. Once we complete the construction we will verify that x ∈ C, so that indeed the run constructed is won by I. ˙ δ, and X. Fix in V a surjection Let σpiv be the pivot strategies map associated to A, : ω → M δ + 1. Surjections of this kind exist since we are assuming that M δ + 1 is countable in V. We construct x = xn | n < ω , a run of the standard game on natural numbers, and T , a, a pivot for x. The participants in the construction are: • Our imaginary opponent, producing xn for odd n.

We first phrase the construction of a pivot for x as a game, Apiv [x]. We then describe a strategy σpiv [ , x] which plays for II in this game. Just as σgen [x] plays for I in A[x] and always produces generic runs, σpiv [ , x] will play for II in Apiv [x] and produce pivots. From the point of view of player I the new game Apiv [x] will be nothing more than a shift of the original auxiliary game A[x]. A strategy σ for I in the original game A[x] could thus be used in the new game, and pitted against σpiv [ , x].