I'm very curious about games similar to alquerque, where all but one slots are filled.
Take the picture below. This appears to me (and maybe I'm wrong) that this gives an opening advantage to the second player. The moment the first player moves a piece to the center, it gets inevitably captured by the second player.
So, out of curiosity, do we know if Alquerque is a fair game with perfect play (meaning, both players with perfect play can force a draw), or if it is biased towards the first or the second player?
I don't find much in terms of game theory and research on this.