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Check if the game is valid or not
• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 21 Apr, 2021

Three players P1, P2 and P3 are playing a game. But at a time only two players can play the game, so they decided, at a time two players will play the game and one will spectate. When one game ends, the one who lost the game becomes the spectator in the next game and the one who was spectating plays against the winner. There cannot be any draws in any game. Player P1 and P2 will play the first game. Input is the number of games played n and in next line winner of n games.

Examples :

```Input :
No. of Games : 4
Winner of the Game Gi : 1 1 2 3
Output : YES
Explanation :
Game1 : P1 vs P2 : P1 wins
Game2 : P1 vs P3 : P1 wins
Game3 : P1 vs P2 : P2 wins
Game4 : P3 vs P2 : P3 wins
None of the winners were invalid

Input :
No. of Games : 2
Winner of the Game Gi : 2 1
Output : NO
Explanation :
Game1 : P1 vs P2 : P2 wins
Game2 : P2 vs P3 : P1 wins (Invalid winner)
In Game2 P1 is spectator ```

Approach :
Start with P1 and P2 and continue the game while making the loser new spectator by subtracting the current spectator and winner from total sum of three players i.e. 6. An invalid entry will halt the process.

Below is the implementation for the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ program to check if the game``// is valid``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `string check_valid(``int` `a[], ``int` `n)``{``    ``// starting with player P1 and P2``    ``// so making P3 spectator``    ``int` `spec = 3;``    ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++) {``    ` `        ``// If spectator wins a game``        ``// then its not valid``        ``if` `(a[i] == spec) {``            ``return` `"Invalid"``;``        ``}``        ` `        ``// subtracting the current spectator``        ``// and winner from total sum 6 which``        ``// makes losing player spectator``        ``spec = 6 - a[i] - spec;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// None of the winner is found spectator.``    ``return` `"Valid"``;``}` `// Driver program to test above functions``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `n = 4;``    ``int` `a[n] = {1, 1, 2, 3};``    ``cout << check_valid(a, n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// Java program to check if the game``// is valid``import` `java.io.*;` `class` `GFG {`  `    ` `    ``static` `String check_valid(``int` `a[], ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// starting with player P1 and P2``        ``// so making P3 spectator``        ``int` `spec = ``3``;``        ` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = ``0``; i < n; i++) {``        ` `            ``// If spectator wins a game``            ``// then its not valid``            ``if` `(a[i] == spec) {``                ``return` `"Invalid"``;``            ``}``            ` `            ``// subtracting the current spectator``            ``// and winner from total sum 6 which``            ``// makes losing player spectator``            ``spec = ``6` `- a[i] - spec;``        ``}``        ` `        ``// None of the winner is found spectator.``        ``return` `"Valid"``;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver program to test above functions``    ``public` `static` `void` `main (String[] args) {``        ` `        ``int` `a[] = {``1``, ``1``, ``2``, ``3``};``        ``int` `n = a.length;``        ` `        ``System.out.println(check_valid(a, n));``    ` `        ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by vt_m`

## Python3

 `# Python3 code to check if the game``# is valid` `def` `check_valid( a , n ):` `    ``# starting with player P1 and P2``    ``# so making P3 spectator``    ``spec ``=` `3``    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(n):``        ` `        ``# If spectator wins a game``        ``# then its not valid``        ``if` `a[i] ``=``=` `spec:``            ``return` `"Invalid"``        ` `        ``# subtracting the current spectator``        ``# and winner from total sum 6 which``        ``# makes losing player spectator``        ``spec ``=` `6` `-` `a[i] ``-` `spec``    ` `    ``# None of the winner is found spectator.``    ``return` `"Valid"` `# Driver code to test above functions``n ``=` `4``a ``=` `[``1``, ``1``, ``2``, ``3``]``print``(check_valid(a, n))` `# This code is contributed by "Sharad_Bhardwaj".`

## C#

 `// C# program to check if the game``// is valid``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` `    ``static` `String check_valid(``int` `[]a, ``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``// starting with player P1 and P2``        ``// so making P3 spectator``        ``int` `spec = 3;``        ` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 0; i < n; i++) {``        ` `            ``// If spectator wins a game``            ``// then its not valid``            ``if` `(a[i] == spec) {``                ``return` `"Invalid"``;``            ``}``            ` `            ``// subtracting the current spectator``            ``// and winner from total sum 6 which``            ``// makes losing player spectator``            ``spec = 6 - a[i] - spec;``        ``}``        ` `        ``// None of the winner is found spectator.``        ``return` `"Valid"``;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// Driver program``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main ()``    ``{``        ``int` `[]a = {1, 1, 2, 3};``        ``int` `n = a.Length;``        ` `        ``Console.WriteLine(check_valid(a, n));``    ` `        ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by vt_m`

## PHP

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## Javascript

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Output :

`Valid`

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