Figure 1: Bizingo board

Bizingo is a two player war game played on a triangular board. It was invented in the mid-1850s in the USA.


The game is played on a triangular board shown in Figure 1. Each player has 18 pieces, 2 captains and 16 soldiers. There are two armies, red and blue. The red pieces are placed on the green triangles and the blue army is placed on the white triangles. The captains are either larger than the soldiers or marked to distinguish them from the soldiers.

Players decide who should start first and then they take turns. A player may move only one of their pieces in a turn. A piece may be moved to any of the six adjacent vacant triangles of the same color.


Figure 2: Bizingo capture

An enemy soldier is captured if it is surrounded on three sides by any of the enemy pieces (Figure 2A). The captured soldier is removed from the board. This is a form of custodial capture.

An enemy captain is captured if it is surrounded on three sides by enemy pieces, at least one of which must be a captain (Figure 2B). The captured captain is removed from the board.

If a piece is moved into a triangle surrounded by three enemy pieces it is captured by the enemy, unless the player captures an enemy piece in the process.

A piece is captured on the side of the board with only two enemy pieces, but with at least one of the two pieces being a captain (Figure 2C).

The winner is the player who is able to reduce their enemy to only two pieces.