Mathematchsticks!

 

A box contains 600 matchsticks. Rahul  and Sachin take turns taking out no more than half the matchsticks in the box. The player who picks the last matchstick wins. As a first mover, how many matchsticks should Rahul pick to ensure his win?

See our previous ‘Puzzles of the Day’:

Puzzle of the Day : 4
Puzzle of the Day : 3

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