Game Review – Hidden Costs

Counting is important in Quoridor, especially midgame, after openings have been survived, players have moved some, and the shape of the final path is coming into definition. We have all had that close game.Walls are flying down, attacks, responses, and the two pawns quickly get locked into a shared path. You are ahead, just a…

Openings – The Sidewall

The Opening After your oponent’s first step forward, place a vertical wall next to your opponent’s pawn. Notice the wall does not block the back of your opponent’s board. Here is where this opening will usually lead to when used against opponents unfamiliar with the play. Black’s move, and White is down 5 walls to 10.…

Opening: The Rush

The Rush is a good way to open with relatively safe aggression. It forces your opponent into an unwanted position. Their movement options are limited, and if they put a wall in the wrong place, it can be easily countered by movement or another wall placement. Lets look at how to perform it, its application…

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…

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…

Openings – The Shatranj

Named after the top ten Board Game Arena player that uses it, this opening is similar to the Shiller and arguably more powerful. According to its creator, “I’m the only one using it.” Shatranj was kind enough to share his wisdom with me through a series of quick losses (on my part) and now I’m…