The game of tiddlywinks

Tiddlywinks is a game of strategy and dexterity for two to four players.

In the popular children's game of tiddlywinks, the aim is to flick small counters (which we call "winks") into a pot with a larger disc (which we call a "squidger"). The players take turns, but if a wink goes in the pot then that player gets another go. The first player to get all their winks into the pot wins.

The adult game emphasises a minor component of the rules of the children's game: that if a wink lands on top of another wink, the lower wink may not be played. From this simple statement leads a world of strategy; the adult game is about controlling your opponent's winks, building and attacking piles of winks, creating a strong defensive or threatening position and building a lead before the game ends — all while demonstrating the skill of play to execute your shots as intended (and making your opponents' shots as difficult as possible). A player still wins if all the winks of that player's colour are potted, but many games reach the end of the time limit without this happening.

More information about the game

The English Tiddlywinks Association
The North American Tiddlywinks Association


There are also extensive facilities for managing draws for tiddlywinks tournaments, but these place a load on the server and are a security risk — so are not linked publicly. Please reach out to the web site maintainer if you wish to use them.

Julian Wiseman’s web site contains the tournament draws used for fixed-format tournaments; please consider these (or at least a simpler version) if running an all-play-all tournament (otherwise it’s possible to get stuck).