Quoridor is a strategy game. To play it, you need 2 or 4 players and be at least 6 years old.
Objective of the Game
To be the first player to bring their pawn to the other side of the board.
Contents of the Game
- 1 checkered board
For a two-player game, the two opponents stand face to face.
For a four-player game, each side of the board is occupied by a player.
Each player is assigned a pawn and fences. (5 fences each for a four-player game and 10 fences each for a two-player game.)
At the start of a round, the fences are placed in their respective places on the starting line.
Each player will place their pawn in the center of their starting line.
To determine who will start, draw lots.
How to Play
- There is only one action per turn.
- The player has the choice between:
– Advance their pawn: vertically or horizontally, one square at a time and bypassing the fences.
– Place a fence between two squares.
- A player puts up a fence for two reasons:
– Block their opponent’s path.
– Create a safe path for themselves.
- Important Notes:
- It is forbidden to completely block your opponent’s path. (They must have at least one path available to reach the other side.)
- If you don’t have any more fences, you must move your pawn.
- If two players’ pawns come face to face, the player whose turn it is can jump over their opponent’s pawn to get behind them.
- If a fence blocks the square that’s behind the opponent, the player whose turn it is can move to the square that’s on the left or the right of the opponent, or simply move to other normal squares that don’t involve the opponent.
Ideas for Variations
- All the players start on the same side and the first player who arrives at the opposite side wins.
- A four-player game is played between two teams. Either starting side by side, or face to face, or on the same side, or each player on the same side of an opposing player.
- Accumulate victories and be the first player to reach a predetermined number of victories.
- Allow pawns to move diagonally in addition to other directions.