Tabletop Day 2015 – YINSH

Posted on by Jesta

Another GIPF game.

Another GIPF defeat.

YINSH is played on a board shaped like a partial six-pointed star with 85 points. The main pieces are black and white rings, of which each player has five. Also used are a number of markers which are black on one side and white on the other.

The Board Game Geek blurb explains this very well. Well, quite well. I added some important bits in brackets.

The players each start with 5 rings on the board. Every time a ring is moved (down a straight line in any direction), it leaves a marker (of your colour) behind. Markers are white on one side and black on the other.

When markers are jumped over by a ring they must be flipped, so their colour is constantly changing.

The players must try to form a row of 5 markers with their own colour face up. If a player succeeds in doing so, they remove one of their rings (and the five markers) as an indication that they have formed such a row.

The first player to remove 3 of their rings wins the game. In other words, each row you make brings you closer to victory-but also makes you weaker, because you have one fewer ring to play with. Very tricky!

Yinsh Board

I lost 3-1 very quickly, and I only got the 1 after my opponent pointed out the move 🙂

These 2 player abstract games like TZAARMijnlieff and others I have played are great. I enjoyed them, but you need to play them a lot to become just an average player. That is especially true for these GIPF project ones which are very clever.

Sadly, 2 player opportunities are few and far between but I’ll keep giving them a go when I can.

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3 Responses to Tabletop Day 2015 – YINSH

  1. Matt Jones says:

    Wow, that looks really cool. It’s a shame that it’s only 2 player though.

    Is it available as an app? It looks like it’d be good on a smartphone.

  2. Jesta says:

    I’m not sure about an app but you can play it online here –

  3. Matt Jones says:

    Cool, thanks 🙂

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