NRICH: Sz'kwa

This Chinese game for two players is a simple version of Wei ch’i or Go. Each player has 20 distinctive pieces – try coins, pebbles, shells. You could try marking the board out in wet sand.

Age 5 to 18

20 distinctive pieces such as coloured counters, coins, pebbles or shells for each player.
A board drawn like the one above – you may like to try marking this out in wet sand.

To start: 
Use an empty board and take it in turns to place one of your pieces on one of the intersections on the board – these include where the red and blue lines meet the outer black circle.

Aim of the game: to capture your opponent’s pieces by surrounding them.

The game ends:  when there are no empty intersections where a piece can be placed or when a player has no pieces left to place.

The winner: is the player who has captured the most counters.

Deductive Reasoning & Logical Thinking
K-6, Middle School, High School

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