Arimaa/Introduction to Strategy

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Arimaa strategy involves straightforward concepts which overlap in complex ways. Very different styles of play remain popular; some players are very aggressive, quickly attacking enemy territory with the aim of taking over one or both of the enemy's home traps. Others prefer to play a "home game", and try to capture enemy pieces mainly by pulling them down. It is not yet clear what is the optimal balance between offense and defense.

In such an environment, it pays to become somewhat familiar with all of the basic concepts, before focusing on fine detail. After gaining some experience and seeing different strategies in action, you can revisit this material for a closer reading, and perhaps even bring it up to date.

  1. Early Ideas
  2. Camel Hostage
  3. Elephant Blockade
  4. Elephant Mobility
  5. Race Positions
  6. Trap Control
  7. Distribution of Force
  8. Rabbit Advancement

Introduction to Tactics · Relative Value of Pieces