Nine Men's Morris is a two-player strategy board game.

  • Players - 2
  • Pieces - 18 pieces, 9 white and 9 black
  • Board - A 24 spot board made up of three concentric squares, with three points marked on each side of each square (the two corners and a midpoint). The same-side midpoints of all three squares are connected by a straight line.

The Game

  • Placing the pieces:  Players take turns placing their pieces on empty spots. If a player is able to form a vertical or horizontal straight row of three  pieces along one of the board's lines (mill)  he may remove one of his opponent's pieces from the board.


  • Moving the pieces:  After players place their 9 pieces, move the pieces along a board line to an empty adjacent spot. A player with only three pieces left on the board can "fly", being able to move his piece to any empty spot.

  • Removing opponent pieces: A player who aligns three of his pieces on a vertical or horizontal board line has a "mill" and may remove one of his opponent's pieces, avoiding the removal of pieces in mills if at all possible.


At the beginning of the game, its very important to place pieces in versatile locations rather than to try to form mills immediately and make the mistake of concentrating one's pieces in one area of the board.

An ideal position, which typically results in a win, is to be able to shuttle one piece back and forth between two mills.



End of Match

End of game situations:

  • If a player gets his opponent down to two pieces
  • If a player blocks his opponent from making any legal moves.
  • If both players end with 3 pieces, from that moment, if in 10 plays there is no winner, the game is a draw.

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