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.

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?

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 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.

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.

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.

Can you match pairs of fractions, decimals and percentages, and beat your previous scores?

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

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

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. . . .

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.

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.

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Can you find the pairs that represent the same amount of money?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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. . . .

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

A game for 2 players with similarities 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.

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

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.

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

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

Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?

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

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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. . . .

This game challenges you to locate hidden triangles in The White Box by firing rays and observing where the rays exit the Box.