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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Views Read Edit View history. Suppose Gold had to stop Silver’s goals. If the silver elephant left the trap, Gold could capture the silver camel by flipping or pulling it onto c3.

This is the essence of an elephant deadlock: If one elephant is even slightly more free than the other, this can snowball, since it affects how free other pieces are. These may be represented by the king, queen, rooks, bishops, knights, and pawns respectively when one plays using a chess set.

If the enemy elephant prevents that, try to rukes the camel hostage.

Silver has used a variation of the 99of9 setup, switching the dogs and cats. The rabbit will theoretically be frozen once it reaches c8, but Gold will have won regardless. The silver camel currently has a freedom to attack that the gold camel does not, because of the difference in elephant mobility.

For now, Gold’s elephant is tying up Silver’s elephant and camel both, leaving Gold’s camel unopposed as the strongest free piece. If a move creates a one-turn goal threat, the opponent must stop the goal or else lose the game. If Silver is not well-positioned for an elephant rotation, she might abandon her camel and seek compensation elsewhere.

As things stand, the silver elephant’s priority must be to stop Gold from attacking in the east. Without a gold piece ensuring the friendly camel’s mobility, Gold would have much more to lose than to gain here.


The camel is placed in the center as well, so that it can easily go to either wing. If a piece can be flipped in the center, it may be doomed to such a fork. The real key is who has stronger forces around the trap.

Magne gave a cat handicap in his last game and won. Rather than freeing the defending elephant, an elephant rotation sometimes just ties up more material in the hostage position. When a non-elephant is its side’s sole defender of a particular trap, it must keep a constant eye on all enemy pieces stronger than itself.

When a piece crosses quadrants to attack or defend a trap, the area that piece left might be affected. Syed has stated that he does not intend to restrict noncommercial use and has released a license called “The Arimaa Public License” with the declared intent to “make Arimaa as much of a public domain game as possible while still protecting its commercial usage”.

Otherwise, if the opponent lost all his rabbits, the opponent loses. To fence in the silver camel, Gold could simply advance the b1 rabbit to b2, but a better option would be to slide the a2 dog to b2, the a1 rabbit to a2, and the b1 rabbit to a1; that way, the dog isn’t blocked in. As defenses thin, forks become a greater potential threat in all areas of the board. This is the print version of Arimaa You won’t see this message or any elements not part of the book’s content when you print or preview this page.

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An elephant can never be dislodged, since there is nothing stronger. Silver is dominating the entire board game. If the hostage is in your own home territory, you could keep your camel on your other wing, advance a horse, and deliver weaker enemy pieces to your camel to capture.


Highlighted are the four trap squares. Learn to play Arimaa The rules are simple and intuitive. These diagrams illustrate different positions for a horse-by-camel hostage.

Silver can play ed6s Md7s cc8s df6e, forking the camel, and Gold cannot defend both c6 and f6. That would indicate Arimaa is invented fall or winter Gold had no goal threat and no piece on f6, so the silver elephant was free to move around.

Sometimes, however, one can severely limit the opponent’s viable options. It arimaw the game that if you start to like it, you will want to play your tenth game, and the hundredth, and the thousandth.

Each player has 16 pieces: If the silver elephant leaves, Silver will have to keep the gold horse off of c4 or d3; if the gold horse got onto either square with the silver elephant elsewhere, the silver camel likely could not arimax saved unless the silver elephant returned. If the gold cat pushes the silver rabbit, the cat will be on g7, blocking its own rabbit with only two steps remaining.

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In this case, Silver could trade her camel for a horse: In the second diagram, the horse is on b2 rather than a3. He is the general who will command your troops and cannot be pushed or pulled around. Once Gold owns a home trap, he might then attack the away trap ari,aa that wing. Each year since the Arimaa community has held a World Championship tournament.