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Nim-like Games

Age 7 to 16
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A collection of games on the NIM theme

Nim

Age 14 to 16
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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.

The Triangle Game

Age 11 to 16
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Can you discover whether this is a fair game?

Pentanim

Age 7 to 16
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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.

One, Three, Five, Seven

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Have You Got It?

Age 11 to 14
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Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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A game for 2 players

Nim-7 for Two

Age 5 to 14
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Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Nim-7

Age 5 to 14
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Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Winning Lines

Age 7 to 16

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

Got it for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Games Related to Nim

Age 5 to 16

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.

Sliding Puzzle

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Jam

Age 14 to 16
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To avoid losing think of another very well known game where the patterns of play are similar.

Got It

Age 7 to 14
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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.

Learning Mathematics Through Games Series: 4. from Strategy Games

Age 5 to 14

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. . . .

Wari

Age 14 to 16
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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?

Quadruple Clue Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Ratio Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Ratio Sudoku 3

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.

Diagonal Product Sudoku

Age 11 to 16
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Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Ratio Sudoku 1

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with clues as ratios.

Intersection Sudoku 1

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with a twist.

Slippery Snail

Age 7 to 16
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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.

Yih or Luk Tsut K'i or Three Men's Morris

Age 11 to 18
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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. . . .

Intersection Sudoku 2

Age 11 to 16
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A Sudoku with a twist.

Estimating Angles

Age 7 to 14
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How good are you at estimating angles?

Statement Snap

Age 7 to 14
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You'll need to know your number properties to win a game of Statement Snap...

Square It

Age 11 to 16
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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.

Patience

Age 11 to 14
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A simple game of patience which often comes out. Can you explain why?

Making Maths: Snake Pits

Age 5 to 14
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A game to make and play based on the number line.

Behind the Rules of Go

Age 14 to 18

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.

Sprouts Explained

Age 7 to 18

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. . . .

Property Chart

Age 11 to 14
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A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

Diamond Collector

Age 11 to 16
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Collect as many diamonds as you can by drawing three straight lines.

Seasonal Twin Sudokus

Age 11 to 16
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This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

Tangram Pictures

Age 5 to 14
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Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 16
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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 for Two

Age 7 to 14
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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?

Nice or Nasty for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

Factors and Multiples Game for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Spiralling Decimals

Age 7 to 14
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Take turns to place a decimal number on the spiral. Can you get three consecutive numbers?

Charlie's Delightful Machine

Age 11 to 16
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Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?

Dicey Operations

Age 11 to 14
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Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Quadrilaterals Game

Age 11 to 14
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A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.

Nice or Nasty

Age 7 to 14
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There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Twin Corresponding Sudoku III

Age 11 to 16
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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

The Remainders Game

Age 7 to 14
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Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16
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Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Turnablock

Age 14 to 16
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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.