This article explains the use of the idea of connectedness in networks, in two different ways, to bring into focus the basics of the game of Go, namely capture and territory.
The game of go has a simple mechanism. This discussion of the principle of two eyes in go has shown that the game does not depend on equally clear-cut concepts.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game for 2 people. Take turns to move the counters 1, 2 or 3
spaces. The player to remove the last counter off the board wins.
This is a simple version of an ancient game played all over the world. It is also called Mancala. What tactics will increase your chances of winning?
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
The computer starts with all the lights off, but then clicks 3, 4
or 5 times at random, leaving some lights on. Can you switch them
A simple game for 2 players invented by John Conway. It is played
on a 3x3 square board with 9 counters that are black on one side
and white on the other.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Basic strategy games are particularly suitable as starting points
for investigations. Players instinctively try to discover a winning
strategy, and usually the best way to do this is to analyse. . . .
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
A game for 2 players
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
Unmultiply is a game of quick estimation. You need to find two numbers that multiply together to something close to the given target - fast! 10 levels with a high scores table.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for
the price of one
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7.
Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The
player left with the last counter looses.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game
Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to
consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape,
and. . . .
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
This article invites you to get familiar with a strategic game called "sprouts". The game is simple enough for younger children to understand, and has also provided experienced mathematicians with. . . .