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The Board

The board is either a surface on which to place the pieces or a piece of paper to keep track of everything. Starting Position: 15 matches on the board.

The Pieces

The pieces usually are 15 matches, however, any sort of counter or even numbers written on paper will work.


To move: Remove 1, 2, or 3 matches from the board and place them in front of you.

To win: Have an even number of matches in front of you when no more matches are on the board.

Begin with 15 matches on the board. The player who goes first takes 1, 2, or 3 matches off the board. The second player does the same and play alternates until there are no matches left on the board. Whoever has the even number of matches wins.