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.
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 game for 2 players. Take turns to place a counter so that it occupies one of the lowest possible positions in the grid. The first player to complete a line of 4 wins.
Everthing you have always wanted to do with dominoes! Some of these games are good for practising your mental calculation skills, and some are good for your reasoning skills.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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?
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.
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 Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the
run-up to Christmas.
This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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 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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A new card game for two players.
A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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.
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. . . .
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The loser is the player who takes the last counter.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the
surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this
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.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
A game for 2 players
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
An ordinary set of dominoes can be laid out as a 7 by 4 magic rectangle in which all the spots in all the columns add to 24, while those in the rows add to 42. Try it! Now try the magic square...
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
This is a game for two players. You will need some small-square
grid paper, a die and two felt-tip pens or highlighters. Players
take turns to roll the die, then move that number of squares in. . . .
A game for 2 players. Given an arrangement of matchsticks, players
take it is turns to remove a matchstick, along with all of the
matchsticks that touch it.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.