A game for 2 players
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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
To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the
patterns of play are similar.
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.
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
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.
All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the
game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite 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.
A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.
A mathematically themed crossword.
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.
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.
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
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.
Follow-up to the February Game Rules of FEMTO.
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
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 new card game for two players.
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.
1. LATE GRIN (2 solutions)
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
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.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board 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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
This article shows how abstract thinking and a little number theory throw light on the scoring in the game Go.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are
used as a pedagogic device.
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.
Can you identify the mathematicians?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
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 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 Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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