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Evidence for Azigo

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.683
Type Contemporary rule description
Location Bende
Date 1951-01-01 - 1951-12-31
Rules 2x20 board. Opening arrangement: Each player has this opening arrangement (number of counters in each hole, starting from the leftmost hole): 5-5-5-5-5-5-5-1-1-5-2-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0. Opening phase: Players remove the counters in their final four holes with counters and conceals them from the opponent. Players take the counters from any of their holes and sow them in an anti-clockwise direction. When sowing, the first counter is dropped into the hole from which it just came, unless it is a single counter. If the last counter lands in the opponent's row and the opposite hole contains one or three, counters, these are taken and added to the concealed store. Also, if the hole from which a capture was made is preceded by an unbroken sequence of holes with one or three counters, these are also taken. In place of a move, a player may add all of the counters from the concealed store, sowing from the leftmost hole in their row. If the sowing reaches the rightmost hole in this row, sowing may continue from the leftmost hole or may continue into the opponent's row. If the player continues into the opponent's row, subsequent holes after the one in which the final counter was dropped are captured if they contain one or three counters, in an unbroken sequence.
Content Reported by K.C. Murray, Surveyor of Antiquities of Nigeria "7.5.47. Nigerio, Ibo tribe, Item, Bende Division (also at Abiribi, and Onafia, but not at Edda): Azigo (K.C. Murray). 2x20 holes. The initial arrangement only differs from 7.5.45 bu having one bean in I and one on L. X removes nine beans from i,j,k, and l, and Y nine beans from I,J, K, and L. Or the stronger player removes one bean fewer, leaving the bean on l or L. The rules only differ from 7.5.46 in two particulars: only one or three beans can be taken from any hole, and, when a player enters beans from his store, he must enter all of them, and if sowing reaches his right-hand end-hole before all are sown, he has the choice of either returning to his left-hand end-hole to sow the remaining beans in his hand, or to continue sowing along his opponent's row, in which case, if the hole next beyond that in which he sowed his last bean, or an unbroken sequence of holes contain one or three beans, he takes these. Any beans that he has so sown in his opponent's holes now belong to his opponent and he can lift them for sowing. At Abiribi, only men play azigo." Murray 1951: 189.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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