Gurami - the game
While Sudoku shows certain parallels to magic squares, Gurami is based on magic figures consisting
The mathematicians Prof. Hans-Friedrich Bauch and Dr. Klaus-Peter Rudolph analyzed these figures.
This collaboration inspired K.-P. Rudolph to invent the puzzle Gurami and several games around it.
The basic rule of the
In each stripe the sum of the
numbers in the white triangles
equals the sum of the numbers in
the gray triangles:
Like in Sudoku at the beginning of
each Gurami puzzle some numbers
are already filled in the figure in a
way that there is exactly one correct solution.
The objective is to complete the puzzle with the numbers
from the table:
The fish isnít drawn around the figure for nothing.
The lines in its fins and on its head visualize the
three directions of the stripes and offer space for
Due to its help our puzzles are named after the
friendly Gurami-fish. Gouramis (German: Gurami)
are a family of freshwater fishes that are native to
Asia. Giant gouramis are eaten in some parts of
the world, while dwarf Gouramis are often kept in
The 3 Gurami games in this collection have
different objectives, but they are all based on the
summation rule in the stripes:
gleich = gewinnt
Equals = Wins is a family game in which the
players lay out pieces to construct Gurami chains.
Bigger Gurami chains bring about higher
scores than smaller Gurami chains.
(by Klaus-Peter Rudolph and Günter Cornett)
Kissing Guramis are a type of Gurami fish that will
often spar by meeting mouths and pushing each
other through the water.
Kissing Guramis is a 2 player game in which both players have their own boards. The objection
is to score more points than the opponent by placing the same pieces in a more sophisticated
The game versions Kissing Guramis - Challenge and Kissing Guramis - Puzzle have the
character of brain teasers. Hence these versions are the games most similar to the Gurami
puzzles in the book.
All versions of Kissing Guramis can also be played by more than 2 players if enough gaming
material is available (gaming pieces and board copies)
GOrami is a strategy game for 2 persons.
Here both players have their own color. The objection isn't equal
sums, but to conquer more stripes than the opponent by having
higher sums of one's own gaming pieces.
One tactic is to take the last liberty of an opposing piece, because
then the opposing piece is turned to one's own color.
(translation: Stefan Brach)