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Morelli is a traditional-style abstract with a satisfyingly unusual mix of movement, goal, and capturing styles. Those are the headlines, read the short form rules or unabridged rules here.

  • Pieces move like chess queens, but must end movement in a color band that is closer to the center.
  • Capture is custodial, like othello except only direct captures of a single piece in each direction.
  • A move that places 4 pieces in radial symmetry around the center captures it.
  • The object of the game is to have control of the center at the end of the game.

Robots:  Dumbot is hard to beat on a 9x9 board, but weaker at larger boards.

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The back story: 
Morelli is at boardspace mostly due to the persistence of the inventor.  Sure, it looks like a perfect candidate, but candidates are thick as trees.  In this case, the squeaky wheel got the grease.