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Subject: Is it, or can it be played on odd-sized boards? rss

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Jared Hayter

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I mean 5x5 or 9x9 boards. It seems to me that the game would play the same way if it used an odd board with the center square open. That way it woudn't be necessary to remove pieces to begin play and each player would begin with an equal number of stones. What I don't know is how that change would affect first-player advantage, if present. Any comments?
 
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Alexander E. Stevens
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jaredhayter wrote:
I mean 5x5 or 9x9 boards. It seems to me that the game would play the same way if it used an odd board with the center square open. That way it woudn't be necessary to remove pieces to begin play and each player would begin with an equal number of stones. What I don't know is how that change would affect first-player advantage, if present. Any comments?



I think the change would not be superficially evident, but the gameplay would be altered enough by this in that there is definitely an element of strategy present in what stones are chosen to be removed. To that end, because stones can only jump straight lines, having a fixed open space would limit the number of opening moves compared to that of two open spaces on potentially unaligned spaces.
 
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so when it says remove a stone from centre of board, does that mean any squate not on the outside rows and columns ?

 
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The Wikipedia article says:
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There are 4 pieces (2 black and 2 white) that form a 2 x 2 square array in the "middle of the board".

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Konane is played on an n x n square board where n must be an even number.

It goes on to explain that the board must be even to ensure that the start player has the option of two opposite corner spaces when removing their first stone.
 
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in apparent contradiction to the suggestions here and the rules on Wikipedia, Captain Cook has it being played on a 14 X 17 board.
http://web.mit.edu/ieee/6.370/2001/web/konane-anthrop.html
Also "The twenty Konane slabs and boards reported by Emory [1924] and Buck [1957] average 134 holes each, with a geometric mean of 125 holes. The number of rows ranged from 8 to 13, and the number of columns from 8 to 20; five of the boards were square and the remainder rectangular. The board (papa konane) is set end on between the players, with the longer dimension between them.

The center of the board was called piko (navel) and frequently marked with an inset human molar; sometimes every position had an inset tooth (or a chicken or human bone [Brigham 1892, 60]).
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Impressive. Dedicated gamers.

edit: the link also has rules - presumably they will allow for play on oblong boards.
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