It was the third time that he won/had won the game.

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It was the third time that he won/had won the game.

I think "had won" is correct, but is "won" possible?
 

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"That was the last time that I saw her."── quoted from my Oxford dictionary.

Why is "saw" used instead of "had seen" here?
 

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Quoted in what context?
 

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The following is the context.

To talk about the first or the last time you do something, use the first/last time (that) I ... : This is the first time (that) I've been to London. ◇ [STRIKE]This is the first time for me to go to London.[/STRIKE] ◇ That was the last time (that) I saw her.
 

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I keep thinking you can only win a game once.

It would make more sense to me as 'It was the third time that he had won the championship.'
 
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