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The hostage camel keeps Silver’s elephant in the southwest, but it can move between c4, d3, and c2, needing only to finish each turn on one of those squares. In fact, it can even be played rulees a chess board and chess pieces.

It is versatile you can play brain-burning postal matches or blitz games at 15 seconds per move and they are equally as enjoyable. Gold could restore the frame with a pull-and-replace Ec4sn hb3e Hb4sand this time Gold would create a new position, since the silver camel would not be where it was after Gold’s last turn. Frames are most effective when there is enough material to hold a frame and still accomplish something else. The first difference is the setup. The first player to get a rabbit to the other rjles wins.

The silver camel is pinned to the c3 cat, and both pieces will be at risk if the gold ruules can step to d4.


Arimaa Game Rules

Silver might be tempted to move her camel south to attack c3, but then the gold elephant could safely go south also, becoming the strongest free piece. In that case, a horse hostage would amount to a camel hostage.

Silver can likely then rotate out her elephant, replacing it with the h5 horse. The b2 gold horse is passivesince its development is blocked and it cannot easily do anything useful.

A turn or move consists of one to four steps.

Monday, February 13th, Last Modified: Moreover, some referenced patent documents would seem to be irrelevant. Multiple trap control fights essentially amount to a positional race, as opposed to a capture or goal race.

Arimaa/Print version

While holding the camel hostage, Gold wants to make a strong second threat and force the silver elephant to choose which to defend against. Second, the h5 gold rabbit will make it harder for the silver elephant to hostage the gold camel.

Different starting position Chess Displacement chess Transcendental Chess. At right, note that the silver elephant is not placed directly opposite the gold elephant. In this second diagram, note how the silver cat on d4 prevents a camel flip, which would buy Gold some time.

Even a solid frame may not be worthwhile on a relatively empty board. Board game playable with standard chess set, hard for computers.

Arimaa/Playing The Game

This type of frame could be broken from the side or from behind, but here Silver can likely prevent arimxa maneuver. The a4 rabbit assures that the silver dog could step right back to c4 were it pulled to b4.


Arimaa is a game that I keep coming back to again and again after the newness of other games wear off. This strength of frames is balanced by the high material cost of maintaining them.

And it should be treated as one.

Arimaa – Wikipedia

The real key is who has stronger forces around the trap. Gold to move has one-turn captures in c6, f6, and f3; Silver to move has a one-turn capture in c3.

In this endgamesuch a hostage tied up the three strongest remaining pieces. The gold camel must take control of the f3 trap. Warnings Never forget that a rabbit goal is what wins the game. The gold camel on f6 is lost when the rabbit advances, but reaching goal is worth any sacrifice.

Here, Silver threatens a gold dog in c6, and many gold pieces in c3. If one side’s move directly brings about a winning condition for the opponent, the opponent wins, except under these rare circumstances:. When a piece crosses quadrants to attack or defend a trap, the area that piece left arimaa be affected.