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.

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

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. . . .

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.

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

This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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

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

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

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In this game you are challenged to gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent.

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Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.

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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. . . .