Just for fun ... Tried to explain a board game

Just for fun, I tried to explain how to play Othello or Reversi to Chat GPT without much luck. It figured out how to set up the board but the concept of outflanking was a bit much. I also tried Claud 3.5 Sonnet without any better results. The instructions I gave are below.

Has anyone else tried to explain a board game with any luck?

Sure! Here’s a summary of the rules for Othello (also known as Reversi):


The objective of Othello is to have the majority of your color discs (either black or white) on the board at the end of the game.


  • The game is played on an 8x8 square board.
  • At the start of the game, four discs are placed in the center of the board in a square: two black discs and two white discs. The discs are placed so that the black and white discs are diagonally adjacent.


  1. Turns: Players take turns placing a disc of their color on an empty square on the board.
  2. Flipping Discs: When a player places a disc on the board, it must outflank one or more of the opponent’s discs. To outflank means to trap one or more of the opponent’s discs between the disc just placed and another disc of the player’s color that is already on the board, in a straight line (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal). The trapped discs are then flipped to the player’s color.
  3. Valid Moves: A move is valid only if it results in at least one of the opponent’s discs being flipped. If a player cannot make a valid move, they must pass their turn. If both players cannot make a valid move, the game ends.

End of the Game

  • The game ends when neither player can make a valid move, typically when the board is full.
  • The player with the majority of their color discs on the board is the winner.

Additional Rules

  • If a player cannot make a valid move, they forfeit their turn, and the opponent continues to play.
  • Players must make a move if at least one valid move is available.
  • The game can also end before the board is full if neither player can make a valid move.

These are the basic rules for Othello. The game is strategic, with players needing to think ahead and consider the impact of each move on the overall board.