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Nim-7

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

Conway's Chequerboard Army

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

Khun Phaen Escapes to Freedom

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

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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. . . .

Multiplication Tables - Matching Cards

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Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.

Diagonal Dodge

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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.

Spiralling Decimals

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Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

Twinkle Twinkle

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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.

Have You Got It?

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

Online

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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.

First Connect Three for Two

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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.

Sufficient but Not Necessary: Two Eyes and Seki in Go

Stage: 4 and 5

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.

Squayles

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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.

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

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

Cubic Net

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This is an interactive net of a Rubik's cube. Twists of the 3D cube become mixes of the squares on the 2D net. Have a play and see how many scrambles you can undo!

History Mystery

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Can you identify the mathematicians?

Wari

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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?

Patience

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A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

Jam

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A game for 2 players

Winning Lines

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

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

18 Hole Light Golf

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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 off again?

Behind the Rules of Go

Stage: 4 and 5

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.

Turnablock

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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.

Games Related to Nim

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4

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.

Diamond Mine

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Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.

Nice or Nasty

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There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Flip Flop - Matching Cards

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A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds whilst improving your memory

Spiralling Decimals for Two

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Spiralling Decimals game for an adult and child. Can you get three decimals next to each other on the spiral before your partner?

Lambs and Tigers

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Investigations based on an Indian game.

Sprouts

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A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

The Remainders Game

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A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Dominoes

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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.

Twin Corresponding Sudoku III

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

Pole Star Sudoku

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

Intersection Sums Sudoku

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A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Corresponding Sudokus

Stage: 3, 4 and 5

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

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Advent Calendar 2010 - a mathematical game for every day during the run-up to Christmas.

Going First

Stage: 4 and 5

This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.

Fifteen

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Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

Low Go

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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.

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

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

Dicey Operations

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Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Tangram Pictures

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

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Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.

Sliding Puzzle

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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.

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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.

Diamond Collector

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Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

Making Maths: Snake Pits

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A game to make and play based on the number line.

Snail Trails

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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. . . .

Ratio Sudoku 2

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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.