Nine Mens' Morris

A Strategy Game for two players

Nine Mens' Morris

This photograph was taken in August 1996 at a hill temple near Khejarala, Rajesthan, India. Carved into the rock is the board for the game "Nine Men's Morris".

Each player has nine stones which they put onto the board alternately one at a time. The stones can be placed on any corner or intersection. When all the stones are on the board players take turns to move a piece along a line to a neighbouring empty point. When a player achieves three in a row an opposing stone is removed but it may not be taken from an opposing three in a row. If a player is reduced to two pieces or is blocked and unable to move, they have lost the game.

Nine Men's Morris Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red Blue Red

Open Flash version in full window

What is the maximum number of pieces which can be on the board without any forming a row? Investigate for other size boards.

Reference: "Board games Around The World" Robbie Bell and Michael Cornelius. Cambridge University Press 1988 ISBN 0 521 35924 4

Click on a link below to explore other parts of the Transum web site:

Fun Maths Home         Transum Software         Maths Map         Times Tables         Strategy Games         Go Maths

Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for those learning Mathematics anywhere in the world. Click here to enter your comments.


©1997-2022 WWW.TRANSUM.ORG