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It was last modified on: 1999-03-10
 Author: Ed  Pegg Jr.. Inventor: Walter  Zamkauskas. Amazons. Queens fire arrows to make squares unpassable. Last player that moves wins. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
H. G. Muller wrote on 2018-02-27 UTC

Amazons is a quite interesting game. Not at all a chess variant, however, not even remotely like it.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-02-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

This game reminds me of an old chessboard puzzle involving the placing of a number of queens, to solve a certain task, but of course Amazons is something even more complex, in that it is a full-fledged game. It also seems almost simple at first sight, deceptively so.

Alfred Pfeiffer wrote on 2008-11-03 UTC
You find a download for an Amazons.zrf by Jens Markmann at the end of his web page

Anonymous wrote on 2008-11-02 UTC
Thanks! I found out it is named 'Killer Amazons' at

Rich Hutnik wrote on 2008-11-02 UTC
Due to the AI playing it poorly, I think they didn't include Amazons in for Zillions. I believe a variant that allows killing of enemy Amazon pieces available for Zillions. Maybe you can hack that zrf.

Anonymous wrote on 2008-11-01 UTC
Is there a .zrf file anywhere to play Amazons with Zillions of games? I have searched this site and also, but found none. Somewhere someone wrote that Zillions plays Amazons poorly, this means that a .zrf must exist. I'm mainly interested in figuring out how to implement the firing of the arrows.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-09-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
If you are interested in this popular territorial game and you are encouraged to try a very strong opponent, I suggest the AMAZONG Java applet that you can find at: AMAZONG is perhasp the strongest program playing Amazons now, nevertheless, it can be beated by humans, I have won a couple of times (but I have lost at least ten games against it). I think AMAZONG, under conventional time controls, plays at a level equivalent to 2400-2500 rating, translating it to Chess ELO, but the Java applet only uses a few seconds for each move, so the level is a bit lower, although it is strong enough, I believe not less than 2200. Try it!.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-07-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I don´t know how many users and members of TCVP have played this great game. I have only seen at that Andreas has been an active Amazons player, with a good performance. The best rated Amazons player at brainking is Grim Reaper (Ed Trice) Total score: 269 wins, 17 draws, 0 losses. Impressively good score.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-06-28 UTC
It should be good a Courier Preset for this extraordinary game, impressive both in its simplicity of ideas involved and in its complexity and deepness as board game. I don´t know if there is the need of a permission for it. All I know is that the name 'El Juego de las Amazonas' is a registered mark, I am not sure if the game has been patented or not. I have tried to stablish contact with the propertary of the mark ('Ediciones De Mente'), but it has been impossible, I do not know whether it exists or not now. This game can be played using a few other servers on the Internet, like 'Brainking', by example. Can we add a Preset for this game here?. If it is the case, I would ask editors for it, this popular game is not exactly a Chess variant, estrictly speaking, but it is hightly related to Chess and it has its own Page in TCVP. Amazons has merits enough for being in the Courier system.

Iain wrote on 2004-10-13 UTC
You can play-by-web Amazons at

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on 2004-08-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is really a very interesting game! It can be played now also on <a href=>BrainKing server.

Mark Thompson wrote on 2003-10-24 UTC
Amazons is already implemented for e-play at Richard's pbem server, you know.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2003-10-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
'El Juego de las Amazonas', from Walter Zamkaukas, is one of the best territorial games I have seen, it is interesting, deep, nice, and with an impressive simplicity of ideas involved. But it is a complex game, it is not an easy matter the construction of a good computer player (Try with Zillions and see how it plays!). Strictly speaking, Amazons is not a Chess game, but it is a very good abstract game that appears in TCVP as guest, I think because it has some elements of Chess. I like this game. Maybe I´ll prepare a Courier Preset for this game (or a variant...) Variants?: It is easy imagine a lot of them, some of them as near to chess as you want. Any interesting Ideas?.

frs wrote on 2003-04-09 UTCGood ★★★★
A link collection about the game of Amazons is available at <A HREF='' TARGET='_blank'></A>

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