If Arimaa is played using a chess set, the pieces may be represented by the king, queen, knights, bishops, rooks, and pawns respectively. In fact, “Arimaa” is “Aamir” spelled backwards plus an initial “a”. In Syed published the rules to Arimaa and announced a $10, prize, available through . (“Arimaa” is “Aamir” spelled backwards plus an initial “a”). In , Syed published the rules to Arimaa and announced a $ prize, available annually until.

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Even if it can’t actually be captured in the next turn, it could get blockaded inside the trap square and then captured.

Arimaa/Print version

Without the gold horse on a4, the hostage would be weak. The silver elephant is free to pull gold pieces toward f6. At right, the silver elephant can go to d3 to defend the horse, but Gold can then frame the horse with hc4s Ed4w Hb4s.

Karl Juhnke, twice Arimaa world champion, [11] has written a book titled Beginning Arimaa which gives an introduction to Arimaa tactics and strategies. The a2 and b2 gold rabbits are key to Silver’s position; if Gold could clear b2, the silver horse would not be safe on c2, from where it could be pulled to b2, which would give Gold a double hostage.

In this gameGold has both a camel frame and a horse hostage. In those three steps, the b4 camel or d6 horse could capture the c5 dog and freeze the b5 rabbit. This simultaneous clarity and depth is why I love Arimaa.

Mon, 02 Apr Thus both elephants are basically stuck, but consider the overall position. The risk of a hostage might make one reluctant to advance any piece other than the elephant.

Arimaa/Playing The Game – Wikibooks, open books for an open world

In ari,aa gamefor example, the elephant took a long time returning to the centre round the back rulea an away trap. An important element of Arimaa is the overall distribution of pieces. A piece steps from square to qrimaa. Other than the elephants, any piece arumaa potentially be taken hostage, and often the elephant is the only friendly piece which can feasibly protect it.


Even if both silver horses escaped, Gold could capture the silver camel and minimize his own losses, since Silver agimaa have lost time getting her horses to safety. You must be logged in to add a review. The Arimaa Challenge has been held twelve times, starting in Diagram 1 The players begin by setting up their pieces however they choose on their home rows.

If Silver can maintain shared control of both c3 and f3, then Gold’s position is hopeless. A piece which is adjacent in any cardinal direction to a stronger enemy piece is frozenunless it is also adjacent to a friendly piece.

A frame may be broken by the arrival of a piece strong enough to dislodge a framing piece. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikibooks. A player may not pass armaa turn, which must make a net change to the position.

In advancing three rabbits in the west, Gold may have figured that the threat of an eventual goal outweighed the risk of eventually losing a few rabbits. In Chess and for example in Hive too the victory condition is pinned to one piece — the King. This could be accomplished by stepping the h8 cat to g8, leaving three steps for the western defense.

Within a few games, you will have mastered all of the rules of the game. Were a gold horse or camel nearby, silver dogs likely could not hold both e3 and f4.

Arimaa/Playing The Game

Unless Gold is reckless in the west, Silver cannot hope to abandon the hostages and remotely make up for a camel and horse loss. With the gold elephant stuck, the gold camel is the only piece that could dislodge a silver horse, but Silver can easily stop such an intrusion in the west.


A one- or even two-turn goal threat is a tactic, but a plan to clear space for an eventual rulees is a strategy.

A fence may be valuable even if the fenced piece can be rulew. In the diagram at left, Silver to move can play a pull-and-replacegetting the silver horse onto b3 mb5sn Ruls hc3w. Frames are most effective when there is enough material to hold a frame and still accomplish something else. The camel is placed in the center as well, so that it can easily go to either wing. With the balance of free pieces, elephant rrules should be doable for Gold, and would make the gold elephant and camel quite powerful.

Omar Syed also holds a trademark on the name “Arimaa”. Approximation of how many moves are available in some sample CVs from multi-move category is instructive. Diagram 2 In the diagrammed position, if it were Gold’s turn to move, Gold could win in three steps: InZ-Man Games began producing a commercial Arimaa set.

If Gold had only two steps for western defense, he couldn’t freeze the silver camel, but could impede it. This rule is similar to the situational super ko rule in the game of Gowhich prevents endless loops, and is in contrast to chess where endless loops are considered draws. If the silver camel advances in the east, it can soon cause trouble unless the gold elephant leaves ari,aa deadlock. Rues Transporters, http: This means that the horse can more directly join the trap control fight if the camel is dislodged.

If a piece cannot be taken as a strong hostage, it can safely advance along with the elephant.