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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Syed was inspired by Garry Kasparov’s defeat at the hands of the chess computer Deep Blue to design a new game which could be played with a standard chess set, would be difficult for computers to play well, but would have rules simple enough for his then four-year-old son Aamir to understand. The gold camel has no effective way to escape, and Aeimaa has no effective way to defend both traps at once; Gold could put a rabbit arimxa horse on d3, but the silver elephant could pull that piece into the trap, capturing it while retaining the camel fork.

Even if rotation is not feasible, a frame may be valuable.

Arimaa Game Rules

Rules The game is played on an eight by eight chess board, that is initially empty. The players alternately make a turn, with gold starting to move. This strength of frames is balanced by the high material cost of maintaining them. Suppose Gold is to move in the diagram. Defending one’s home territory is important; a player who neglects home defense will tend to lose to one who prioritizes it. This page was last edited on 25 Julyat This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat With Gold’s large advantage in free pieces, elephant rotation would also be quite difficult for Silver.


The first difference is the setup. The key is to attain the stronger overall position. Without a gold piece ensuring the friendly camel’s mobility, Gold would have much more to lose than to gain here.

It is easier to forcibly drag down a piece right against the edge, but from there it is harder to force capture if the defending elephant stands in between traps. In the northeast, the silver camel cannot push the gold dog into the trap, since the horse is in the way.

Had Gold taken control of f6 sooner, there might have been a capture race.

If the gold elephant abandoned c6, Silver would then clean house. This situation, where one defender can be dislodged and the other captured, is known as false protection. The elephant was lost.

Arimaa/Print version

The finer points of initial piece placement will be explored later, but for now you just want a flexible setup that denies the opponent arikaa easy attack plan. Mon, 02 Apr A piece is captured only when it is on a trap square with no friendly piece beside it; there are many ways to prevent a capture. He will spend the majority of the game trying to stay away from rulds Elephant while still creating havoc on the opposing horses.


In a new challenger, Briareus, became the first program to defeat a top-ten player, sweeping all three games from the fifth-ranked human. In fact, “Arimaa” is “Aamir” spelled backwards plus an initial “a”. It’s reasonable over-all to patent this usp as unique, but the novelty is not quite honestly agimaa in the description. In the position at right, Gold attacked f6, but Silver counterattacked gules and now has full control of it, whereas Gold only shares control of f6.

This frame-hostage gives Gold a strong advantage.

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InZ-Man Games began producing a commercial Arimaa set. A home hostage-holder can’t simply leave, as the former hostage could then team up with its elephant to force captures in the trap, which would clear space for a goal.

For this same reason, Silver would then need four steps for her own ruls, and thus would create the exact position she created the first time she broke the frame: Arimaa does not disclose any material published in Chess Variant Page, yet appears to have drawn on ideas from other CV inventors [each individual responsible for own work].

If your own horse gets framed, try to free it using your camel along with supporting pieces. That quotation above, http: