Updates

Hi readers. There’s been a bit of a vacation going on here, but the world of Quoridor is buzzing. We’ve got some new posts in the works here and the WQO November Tournament has moved into its semifinal round. Stay tuned for more great strategy and keep checking in for new and analysis about the…

Quoridor Questions – Wall Counting Continues

I posted my original question about possible wall positions on MathSE and someone answered right away. I’m going to try and explain the method used to answer my question with a few pictures. First, to restate the original question. I asked how many possible ways there are to put the 20 walls on the Quoridor board.…

Game analysis: a short and sweet midgame.

For my first game analysis, I chose a simple game with a very direct midgame. During the opening, Pink both played fences in front of Green (b3h, d3h) and defensive fences (d6h, d8h). Green only counter-attacked against Pink (e5h, c5h, h6v). You can see the situation at the end of the opening in the diagram…

What kind of game is Quoridor, exactly?

The first question that came to my mind when I first examined Quoridor, and probably that of many other players as well, is: what kind of game is this really? It is obvious that Quoridor has something to do with connection games, but it is not a paradigmatic connection game where one forms a chain…

WQO November Tournament Starts

The inaugural WQO tournament beings today. Check the main tournament page for brackets and updates. This is the first tournament for WQO, which is planning a series of tournaments leading up to crowning a world champion in the first quarter of next year. Good luck players!

Openings – The Gap

The Gap is one of my favorite openings because it creates such a dynamic situation in the center of the board. It can be played by first player, second player, or both, and I’m not even sure I know of all the best responses. Let’s look at the opening, talk about what it does, then…