Were you able to see how Gold could establish a material advantage in the initial set up phase?  There are actually multiple answers.  G6, A2, B2 and B7 all work, but in the game referenced Gold placed a stone on G6.

No matter what Silver plays now, he can’t prevent Gold from having an extra stone.  The sequence that followed is found below.

Gold G6    Silver B1

Gold B7     Silver G1

Gold A3     and Silver has nowhere else to place a stone.



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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 8.75 × 8.75 × 1.5 in


Play Time

15 – 60 mins.



Inspired by timeless masterpieces of the Abstract Game World, using mechanics that have existed for centuries, Stymie is a game of tactical combinations and deep strategy. Each turn a player may introduce a new piece onto the board, or move a piece already in play. The goal is to occupy 7 Prime Spaces or to make 7 captures. The rules are simple, but the possibilities are vast.