Reversi (Othello)

Reversi (Othello)Reversi (also known as Othello), is an abstract strategy board game for two players, played on an 8x8 grid of 64 squares.

Reversi was created in the 1880's in England, and was published by German games publisher Ravensburger in 1893. The modern game, as played internationally, was trademarked as Othello in Japan in the 1970's. Though the game had been played competitively for decades, the commercialization of Othello allowed the game to reach a broader audience, which soon grew to include prestigious tournaments held around the world.

Today, the World Othello Federation holds tournaments in over 60 nations, with an annual World Championship attended by hundreds of competitors.

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Reversi/Othello Rules

The game begins with each player having two stones. The players alternate turns, each adding an additional stone to the board. A valid move must capture at least one of the opponent's stones. This is done by surrounding it, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally (or a combination of all three).

When this occurs, the opponent's stones that you have surround become yours. The turn then passes to your opponent, who tries to take as many of your stones as he can. Play continues until either one player loses all their stones, or until the entire board is filled. Whoever ends up owning the most stones at the end of the game wins!

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Last Update: February 18th, 2014