Building a World-Champion Arimaa Program

  • David Fotland
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3846)


Arimaa is a new two-player strategy game designed by Omar Syed to be difficult for computer players. Omar offers a $10,000 prize to the first program to beat a top human player. My program, Bot_Bomb, won the 2004 computer championship, but failed to beat Omar for the prize. This paper describes the problems with building a strong Arimaa program and details of the program’s design.


Human Player Goal Evaluation Strong Player Weak Player Trap Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fotland
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  1. 1.Smart GamesSan JoseUSA

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