NINE MEN’S MORRIS
Each player has nine pieces, or “men”, which move among the board’s twenty-four spots. The object of the game is to leave the opposing player with fewer than
three pieces or, as in checkers, no legal moves.
Placing the pieces:
The game begins with an empty board. Players take turns placing their pieces on empty spots. If a player is able to form a row of three pieces along one of the board’s lines,
he has a “mill” and may remove one of his opponent’s pieces from the board; removed pieces may not be placed again. Players must remove any other pieces first before
removing a piece from a formed mill. Once all eighteen pieces have been used, players take turns moving.
Moving the pieces:
To move, a player slides one of his pieces along a board line to an empty adjacent spot. If he cannot do so, he has lost the game.
As in the placement stage, a player who aligns three of his pieces on a 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.
Any player reduced to two pieces is unable to remove any more opposing pieces and thus loses the game.