University of Pennsylvania
Senior Design Project
Meng Tran
Advisor: Dr. Barry Silverman

Reversi: Abstract

     The game of Reversi was invented around 1880 by two Englishmen, Lewis Waterman and John W. Mollett.  It later became incredibly popular when Mattel produced the game Reversi under the name Othello.  Now the game of Reversi is also known as Othello.  It took its name from Shakespeare’s play Othello probably referencing the conflict between the Moor Othello and Iago.  Since 1978 there has been a World Othello Championship.  The current reigning champion is Hideshi Tamenori from Japan.


     The rules to Reversi are fairly simple. A game starts off with two of each peice in the center of an 8 by 8 board and black goes first. Each player alternately takes their turn until neither player can place a piece on the board. If a player cannot make a valid move than he must forfeit his turn. Each player must make a move if it is valid. At the end of the game, all pieces are counted and the one with the higher score wins.

     I will explore the artificial intelligence field using Reversi and see if I could produce a worthy computer opponent. Special thanks to BETA testers: Michael O'Connor, Jaymes Hannah, Geraud Campion, Prakshi Mahajan, Dustin Paul, Leonard Theiu

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