Today I thought I’d share a game I recently discovered called Arimaa. The game can be played with a standard chess set, but is intriguingly complex. That is to say, the rules are simpler than those of chess, but playing well involves much strategy.

To whet your appetite, here are a few details about the game:

  • pieces only ever move one square at a time, but each player can make up to four moves before ending their turn
  • all the pieces except rabbits (pawns if you’re using a chess set to play) follow the same rules as one another, but with an order of superiority when they interact
  • to win the game, you need to get a single rabbit to the far edge of the board

You can learn the rules, and play online against other players or bots at

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