Reversi first appeared in Britain during the Victorian era and has been popular ever since. In the 1970s it was given a boost when a branded version of it called Othello became very popular and in the 1980's a version of the game appeared with the Microsoft Windows which provided a further boon.
Reversi is played upon an 8 x 8 squared board without chequers. Accompanying the board, there should be 64 pieces each of which is dark on one side and light on the other.
The board starts empty. Players are allocated one of the colours and take turns to play a piece until all the squares are occupied. The objective is to have more of your colour face upwards at the end of the game.
Player's toss a coin to decide who will play white - white moves first. Each turn, the player places one piece on the board with their colour facing up.
For the first four moves, the players must play to one of the four squares in the middle of the board and no pieces are captured or reversed.
Each piece played must be laid adjacent to an opponent's piece so that the opponent's piece or a row of opponent's pieces is flanked by the new piece and another piece of the player's colour. All of the opponent's pieces between these two pieces are 'captured' and turned over to match the player's colour.
It can happen that a piece is played so that pieces or rows of pieces in more than one direction are trapped between the new piece played and other pieces of the same colour. In this case, all the pieces in all viable directions are turned over.
The game is over when neither player has a legal move (i.e. a move that captures at least one opposing piece) or when the board is full.
There are two differences between Othello and Reversi.
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