Makyek is a two-player board game from Brunei. It has an unusual method of capture called intervention in which a piece moved between two of the opponent’s pieces captures both of them. The goal of the game is to capture your opponent’s pieces. In Malaysia it has the name Apit-sodok.

Makyek capture
Figure 2: Makyek capture
Makyek board
Figure 1: Makyek board


The game of Makyek is played by two players on an 8 x 8 board shown in Figure 1. Each player has 16 pieces. One player plays black and the other plays white. The pieces are arranged on the first and third rows from the player at the start of the game. The pieces can move orthogonally any number of spaces but may not jump over other pieces. The moves are the same as that of a Rook in Chess.

There two methods of capture. A piece may be captured if it is sandwiched between two of the opponent’s pieces shown in Figure 2B; this is called custodial capture. A piece may also capture two of the opponent’s pieces if it is moved between those two pieces shown in Figure 2A; this is called capture by intervention.

The winner is the player who has captured all of his opponent’s pieces.