Northern Slovakian Halma


Northern Slovakian Halma


A Man either moves diagonally forward to an empty square or optionally begins a jump sequence, over any piece. The chosen sequence must be completed. Pieces always go diagonally forward, by steps or jumps. However, a piece at the farthest rank may step backwards. Capture does not occur. The goal is to place all the pieces in the opponent’s home zone.

In this implementation, a piece is forced to jump out of the home zone if an enemy piece is placed before it. This is to prevent a blocking strategy. Stalemate is loss.

This Halma variant is played in Northern Slovakia, Orava. It’s called Preskakovan√°, which means ‘skip-over’.


Reference

Ondrus, R. (2000). “Slovakian games”. Abstract Nation. (here)



  You can download my free Northern Slovakian Halma program here, but you must own the software Zillions of Games to be able to run it (I recommend the download version).




© M. Winther (Sept 2020).