Sapos (Toads in Spanish)
Sapos is played with 32 bi-colored pieces on an 8×8 board with the following setup:
Two players Dark and Light. Each player has 4 pieces on the board and 12 in reserve.
Dark’s 4 pieces are placed on the points d2, d3,e2,e3, and Light’s 4 pieces are placed on d6,d7,e6,e7
Players take turns performing any number of these actions:
- hop a piece over an ortho-diagonally adjacent friend into an empty square.
- jump a piece over an orthogonally adjacent enemy into an empty square, capturing the jumped enemy and placing it into your reserve.
- spawn a piece from your reserve in an empty square ortho-diagonally adjacent to the last hop
There are some rules for the flow of a turn:
- You will only ever hop and jump with a single piece during your turn.
- If you have a 2×2 formation of pieces at the start of your turn, you must move with one of those pieces.
- You can hop and jump multiple times.
- Once you make a jump you may no longer hop.
- If you don’t make a jump you must end your turn with a spawn.
- After Player 2’s first turn she must immediately move again. Neither sequence may contain a jump.
Here are some examples of valid turns:
hop, hop, hop, spawn
hop, hop, jump, jump
And Player 2’s first turn likely looks like this:
hop, spawn, hop, spawn
If your opponent is unable to finish her next turn, you win by starvation!
This win condition means that if you have 0 in reserve at the start of your turn then you must jump since you otherwise cannot afford to spawn.
You can play on Chessicals.com
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