# ABALONE

Copyright (c) 1989 Abalone S.A. - France

Abalone is played on a 5x5 hexagonal board with 14 stones for each player.

 LINE SHIFT - A player can shift 1, 2 or 3 connected marbles on a line, one cell on one of the 2 directions, provided it is empty. SIDE SHIFT - A player can also shift 2 or 3 connected stones on one of the 6 directions, provided that all adjacent cells on the chosen direction, are empty. PUSH - A line of 2 or 3 stones can push stone opponent stones, using a line shift: The pushed line must be smaller that the pushing line If exists, the cell after the pushed line must be empty. If there is no cell after the pushed line, the last stone is removed from the board GOAL - Wins the player that removes 6 opponent stones from the board

 An exampleStones e2-f2 can line shift to cell [1]. Stones e3-f4-g5 can side shift to cells [2].Stones b3-c3 can push (2 vs. 1) and remove stone a3.Stones c5-c6-c7 can push (3 vs. 2) stones c3-c4.

At Abalone Games, there are a lot of information about news, tactics and variations. One of these variants is Abafoot. Wins the player that pushes the neutral stone off-board.

It is possible to play Abalone with reduced rules (no side-shifts) online. Since the game turned out to be too drawish, the top Abalone players proposed a new rule change which is based on a new setup. A related optional setup is called Daisy:

A variant called DROP ABALONE starts in an empty board, and players may drop (instead of move) a friendly stone on an empty cell (all stones start off-board in each player's reserve). Here's a sample game:

```[14 stones each, 7 stones to win]  1. e5         c4  2. d5         b3  3. e6         c2  4. d4         f5  5. c3         f6  6. e4         g6  7. d6         g7  8. f7         f5f6-f7  9. c6         h6 10. d3         h8 11. c3         f6f7-f8 12. f6         f7f8:f9 13. c6f6-g6    f7 14. d5e6-g8    h7 15. c3f6-g7    h8-i8 16. c6f6-g6    i8h7-g6 17. d3f5-g6    f8f9-e7e8 18. e4g6-h7:i8 hi6-gh5 19. f5g7-i8:i8 g8-f8 20. f7h7-e7    resigns 1-0 Final Position:        . . . . .      1       . . X . . .     2      . X . . . . .    3     . . X O . . . .   4    . . O . O . X X .  5   / . . O O O O . .   6  a   . X O O O . .    7   b / . X X . . O     8    c   . . . . X      9     d /   /   /          e f g h i                        Captures:            XXX – 2, OOO - 1 Pieces left to drop: XXX – 1, OOO – 3```

Check also a modern variant, with Abalone movements: Abanondas.