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The eighth annual Arimaa World Championship tournament began on January 5th, 2011, with thirty-three players, including Jean Daligault (chessandgo), Fritz Juhnke (Fritzlein), and Greg Magne (Adanac), the top three finishers in each of 2008-2010. This year, however, a crop of new players lead by Gregory Clark (rabbits) is challenging the ruling trio. Each of the top three has suffered a loss to a rising Arimaa star. Now the field has been reduced to only eight players, four of whom have two lives left and four of whom are only one loss from elimination. Toby Hudson, the fourth-place finisher the previous two years, has already fallen. Will the revolutionary movement of 2011 dethrone the champion, or will Daligault manage to defend his crown and become a four-time-champion?
All games of the Arimaa World Championship can be viewed over the Internet, and most games will feature live commentary by top Arimaa players. You will be amazed at how easy Arimaa games are to follow, especially with commentary. The unique Arimaa time control keeps the game moving at a steady pace so you never have to wait too long for the next move, and with no chance of draws, the players will be fighting hard to win.
Check this page for your local game time:
To watch the game and listen to commentary, just click on the game board about ten minutes after the game start time. (Viewing of tournament games over the Internet is slightly time delayed to discourage cheating.) Also you can join in the fun in the Arimaa chat room with any questions or comments of your own. Game commentators keep one eye on the live chat so as to be able to respond to questions from the audience. To join the chat, log into the Arimaa game room and look for the link in the upper right corner.
If you need to refresh you memory of Arimaa game rules, a video is available on the main page. It's now available in English, Spanish, German, Turkish, and Czech.
The Arimaa gameroom now has over a hundred computer opponents of various levels to play against, for free, around the clock. See if you can join the ranks of human players who have mastered all computer opponents! If you like playing offline as well, tournament size Arimaa sets and parlor sets are also available for purchase.
Grab a pizza and drink and join us this weekend for some exciting Arimaa action.
The Arimaa World Championship resumes tomorrow (Saturday).
Here's video and audio commentary on game 4 of round 8 between former world champion Karl Juhnke and Eric Momsen, both of the US.
Round 9 (essentially the semi-finals, I believe) will be played this coming weekend.
Here's the video and audio commentary of game 3 of round 8 between Greg Magne of Canada and Daniel Scott of Great Britain.
Here's the video and audio commentary of game 2 of round 8, between three-time world champion Jean Daligault of France and Vladan Majerech of the Czech Republic:
Nice. I didn't even know there was such a board game. Rabbit attack :)
Here's the video and audio commentary for the first game of round 8:
For an interesting Arimaa championship game with audio commentary, click on the link below.
The game is between Jean Daligault, the reigning world champion, and his challenger Eric Momsen. Expert commentary is provided by the world's number-2 player, Karl Juhnke, and by Joel Thomas.
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