How to Play Noughts and Crosses

By Richard Teahon

The game of noughts and crosses is a game for two people, and is a game you play with your mind!

What you will need.











A 3 x 3 grid is drawn as shown . As you can see the grid forms nine boxes. Providing there are nine boxes you will be able to play, so don’t worry if it the lines are not perfectly straight.












Each player decides whether they are a nought (O) or a cross (X).








Taking turns each player puts a nought or cross in each box. When one player has three in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, then they are the winner.


Winning lines.

It doesn’t matter if your vertical winning line is in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd column. ¬†It all counts as a win. ¬†Vertically speaking, top,


middle, or bottom, three in a row counts a win.









Many players start from the middle. Try starting from a corner and put your next two turns in a corner as well, and see what happens.

If you feel defeat is imminent, maybe use distraction to try and avoid losing the game. The following suggestions may prove useful.

Earthquake. Shake the table(not too hard as you don’t want to get in trouble with parents or carers). And say, “Quick! Earthquake! Under the table”. Wait for a few minutes and then say, “My mistake”, and suggest an alternative game. If you are lucky, your opponent will forget about the game.

Hungry. Just before the last turn that confirms your defeat, say “I feel hungry, would you like something to eat?”. Go and bring some food and suggest you eat it away from where you are playing. If you are lucky, they will forget about the game.

Be on the look out. You may find yourself on the verge of winning when an earthquake occurs or you are suddenly given some food…




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