Havannah is a
connection game played between two people across a hexagonal
board. One player takes white, the other black.
take turns to place a piece of their colour on the board.
to form one of three types of connection: either an enclosing circuit,
or a link that connects any two corners of the board or one that
any three edges. The winner is the first player to create a
White starts. A game is drawn if neither player is able to
connection. This is possible, but rare.
three connection types. The
enclosing circuit must completely
surround at least one node, occupied or not. The corner nodes
not belong to the edges. )
Game? The first
player will always be one tempo
ahead in the race to form one of the connections. To overcome
this advantage a swap rule could be included in the
to give the
player the option to swap after the first player has
move. If swapped the colours are reversed and the
will play against his own
variation that I would like to suggest to the swap rule is to
allow a swap after the first player has made his second
move. This might lead to a more varied choice of openings.
( To swap, or not to swap? )
GoRilla is an SGF
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review games of Havannah (
and also of Go / WeiQi / Baduk, Connect6,
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I hope you will find it a useful product.
be played by eMail via Richard
Rognlie’s PBeM server [ http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/
also popular at MindSports [ http://www.mindsports.nl/index.php/arena/havannah/
]. This site gives more information about the history and
of the game and gives you a list of other online sites where
Havannah may be played.