Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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.

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 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. . . .

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

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.

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 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.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

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.

To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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. . . .

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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.

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

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.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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 winner is the player to take the last counter.

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.

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 moves.

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.

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. . . .

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.

Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!