Alquerque

AlquerquePlayers | 2

Equipment

  • Game board
  • 12 black markers
  • 12 white markers

The Basics

The goal of the game is for a player to take all of the opponents’ pieces

Starting

Place all the pieces on the board as seen in the above image, then flip a coin to decide who will go first.

Moving

Players take turns to move one of their pieces. A piece may only move along the lines on the board. On each turn, a piece can make a capturing move or an ordinary move.

Ordinary Move

Moving a piece along a line to an adjacent point

Capturing move

A piece is taken by hopping over it into a vacant point beyond and removing the taken piece from the board. If a piece takes an opponent’s piece and the new position allows it to take another piece, then it can do it as part of the same move. A capturing move ends when the capturing piece no longer allows it to taken any more pieces or the player decides not to take any more pieces.

Finishing

  • The game is won by the player who takes all his opponents pieces
  • OR by the player with the most pieces still on the board when it becomes clear no more pieces will be captured (this is a draw and is a very common ending for the game)
  • OR by the player who has rendered the other player unable to move
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