Challenge Level

This is a game for two players. You need one set of ten Cuisenaire rods between you, like this:

Alternatively, you could use the interactivity below.

This game is called Train Tactics. A train is made by putting rods end to end.

**The aim of the game is to be the person who places the last rod to complete a train of a particular length.**

- One player decides on the length of the final 'train'. (We suggest this is longer than an orange rod but less than the length of five yellow rods.)
- The other player goes first and chooses a rod.
- The second player then chooses another rod and places it end to end with the first rod so there is a single train.
- Players take it in turns in this way, each placing a new rod on the end of the train to make it longer and longer.
- The player who puts down the last rod to make the chosen length wins.

If one player puts down a rod that makes the train longer than the chosen length, then the other player wins.

Try playing the game lots of times.

**Do you think it is better to go first or second? Why?
Tell us about any useful strategies (ways of playing or ways of winning) that you have developed.**