Four-field Kono

Figure 1: Kono board

Four-field Kono is a two player game from Korea.


The game of Kono is played by two players using a 4 x 4 board which consists of a grid of 16 intersections or points with orthogonal connecting lines. One player has eight black pieces and the other eight white pieces. The game starts with the pieces arranged on the board as shown in Figure 1.

Each player takes turns by either jumping over one of their own pieces onto an opponent’s piece on a point immediately beyond to capture the opponent’s piece, or by moving orthogonally to an adjacent empty point.

The objective of the game is to capture all of the opponent's pieces, or to force him into a situation where he cannot move.