Focus is played on a square board with some of the corners removed. Here is the board with the pieces in the initial position. Players move, and must move, in turn. White moves first.
In Focus stacks of men emerge in any combination of colors. A stack is owned by the player who's color is on top.
- When a stack grows over five pieces tall, the remaining men are removed from the bottom of the stack. Men of a player's own color become 'reserves' to be re-entered into the game at a later time, while pieces of the opponent's color are captured.
- Instead of moving a piece, a player may choose to enter one of his reserves on any square of the board, whether vacant, or occupied by a piece of either color.
A player wins when his opponent cannot move a piece, nor enter a reserve on the board.
Note: Focus gave rise to Crossfire.
An example game
Using the Focus applet
Focus © Hasbro
Java applet © Ed van Zon