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Evidence for Nsolo

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1900
Type Ethnography
Location Ngoni
Date 1913-01-01 - 1913-12-31
Rules 4x10-20 board, with even numbers. Two counters in each hole, except the rightmost hole in the inner row of each player, which has zero. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counter lands in an occupied hole, these are picked up and sowing continues. When the final counter lands in an empty hole in the inner row, the counters in the opposite hole in the opponent's inner row are captured. If counters are captured from the inner row, and there are also counters in the outer row, the counters in the outer row are also captured. If counters in the inner and outer row are captured, the player may also capture counters from one other hole on the opponent's side of the board. Single counters cannot be sown until there are no holes with multiple counters on the player's side of the board, and then single counters may only be sown into empty holes. Play continues until one player captures all of their opponent's counters, thus winnign the game.
Content "NCHOMBWA OR NSOLO (ANGONI). Nsolo is played with a "board" consisting of ten, twelve, up to twenty holes, arranged in four rows. In consequence of the large number of holes, a "boards" is always made by scooping them out in the ground on a convenient spot. The number of " men " (usually pebbles) varies directly with the number of holes employed (76, 92, up to 156). Two men are puit in every hole except the (player's) right-hand end holes of the front row. As in njombwa, all moves must be in one direction only, i.e., from right to left in the front row and from left to right in the back, and men are taken by spreading the contents of any hole or series of holes and arriving at an empty hole. The men in the opposite holes (froiit and back rows) are then taken as in the Yao game, but the player can also take the contents of any one other hole (back or front row). No men can be taken unless a hole in the front row is first attacked. If there are no men in the hole of the back row corresponding to that attacked in the front row, the contents of the latter, and one other only, may be taken. All men taken are removed from the board. " Singletons " may be moved as in Njomwba, i.e., only to an adjacent empty hole and when no holes contain more than one man. A move ends either on taking or on arriving at an empty hole not "in opposition." The object is to take all the opponent's men." Sanderson 1913: 733-734.
Confidence 100
Source Sanderson, M. 1913. "Native Games of Central Africa." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 43: 726-736.

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