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…

Openings – The Reed

In preparation for this post I played about 10 games with the Reed opening. I had to do this because of the 1000 or so games of Quoridor I’ve played in my lifetime I’ve never tried or even seen the Reed opening. This post will cover the opening, discuss its value, and close with some…

World Quoridor Organization is launched

The World Quoridor Organization recently launched. What does this mean for you? Competitive Quoridor now has an organization promoting the growth of the game and fostering a community dedicated to playing Quoridor seriously. Check out the website and be sure to sign up for their inaugural tournament this November.