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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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. . . .

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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

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

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

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

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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. . . .

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?

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

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

This sudoku requires you to have "double vision" - two Sudoku's for the price of one

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

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.

A Sudoku based on clues that give the differences between adjacent cells.

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

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

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