For the final activity of our local youth project “Include me”, we organized a game tournament, a battle of brains.
The game that participants played is called Victory/Abalone, it is a strategic board game with the aim of pushing the opponents figures of the edge of the board.
The board consists of 61 circular spaces arranged in a hexagon, five on a side. Each player has 14 marbles that rest in the spaces .The players take turns with the black/red/white marbles. For each move, a player moves a straight line of one, two or three marbles of one color one space in one of six directions. The move can be either broadside / arrow-like (parallel to the line of marbles) or in-line / in a line (serial in respect to the line of marbles).
A player can push their opponent’s marbles (a “sumito”) that are in a line to their own with an in-line move only. They can only push if the pushing line has more marbles than the pushed line (three can push one or two; two can push one). Marbles must be pushed to an empty space (i.e. not blocked by a marble) or off the board. The winner is the first player to push six of the opponent’s marbles off of the edge of the board.
Each participant had 10 minutes to make their moves.
To make the things more interesting and motivate the players, we arranged a prize for the winner. The prize was set of JBL headphones.
In this time of pandemic we tried to do our best to arrange this activity with social distance and obligatory mask wearing. The 10 participants were all divided into pairs of two in different terms of the day. The activity lasted two days, in second day we had semifinals and finals.
Our finalist were Derya Çıraklı and Halil Kağan Güler.
The winner of this game was Kagan Güler.