# Induction of the N-Block Game!

**Number Theory**Level 5

The way the game is played is as so:

- There is a stack of
*n*blocks available on a table in front of you; - With every move you make you can split the stack into two piles which, under your choice, can be equal or not;
- After every move, your score is increased based on the product of the sizes of the two new stacks;
- The game is played until all stacks are of size
**1**; - The sum of all the products is the total score.

The following is a simulation of 8 blocks:

\(\boxed{8\quad \longrightarrow \quad { 4 }_{ 1 }\quad and\quad { 4 }_{ 2 }\quad =\quad (4\quad \cdot \quad 4)\quad =\quad 16\\ { 4 }_{ 1 }\quad \longrightarrow \quad 3\quad and\quad 1\quad =\quad (3\quad \cdot \quad 1)\quad =\quad 3\\ { 4 }_{ 2 }\quad \longrightarrow \quad { 2 }_{ 1 }\quad and\quad { 2 }_{ 2 }\quad =\quad (2\quad \cdot \quad 2)\quad =\quad 4\\ 3\quad \longrightarrow \quad { 2 }_{ 3 }\quad and\quad 1\quad =\quad (2\quad \cdot \quad 1)\quad =\quad 2\\ { 2 }_{ 1 }\quad \longrightarrow \quad 1\quad and\quad 1\quad =\quad (1\quad \cdot \quad 1)\quad =\quad 1\\ { 2 }_{ 2 }\quad \longrightarrow \quad 1\quad and\quad 1\quad =\quad (1\quad \cdot \quad 1)\quad =\quad 1\\ { 2 }_{ 3 }\quad \longrightarrow \quad 1\quad and\quad 1\quad =\quad (1\quad \cdot \quad 1)\quad =\quad 1\\ \\ Total\quad Score\quad =\quad 16+3+4+2+1+1+1\quad =\quad 28}\)

Let *S(n)* represent the maximum score one could possibly achieve playing this game with *n* blocks.

What is S(2014)?

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