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Evidence for Mawryngkneng Solitaire Game

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1637
Type Ethnography
Location 25°33'23.89"N, 92° 3'50.43"E
Date 1935-01-01 - 1935-12-31
Rules A vertical line, with seven lines perpendicularly crossing it at equal intervals. Six pieces, three of one color and three of another. The three of one color are placed on the top three intersections, the three of the other color on the bottom three intersections. In the first move, one piece is moved to the center line, from one of the two lines adjacent to it. All following moves require a piece to jump over another piece. The goal is to place the pieces on the spaces where the pieces of the opposite color started the game.
Content "The game No. 1 is learnt at Mawryngkneng, a place approximately sixteen miles away from Shillong. Its rule is as follows. It may be played, by one man or more than that number. If one man plays it, then it forms a kind of solitaire. Jt is played by six ballets, three belonging to each type. Thus two types of ballets are required for playing it. At the beginning of the game three ballets of each type are placed in the cross-points marked X and 0 and the central cross-point marked P is kept vacant. Then one of the two ballets belonging to two different types and which are nearest to the central vacant cross-point marked P is shifted to this vacant cross-point. In the movement one ballet belonging to one type is shifted to a cross-point by jumping over a cross-point occupied by one ballet of another type or may occupy the next cross-point if it is vacant. Ballets of two different types are alternately shifted. The whole idea of playing this game is to shift the ballets originally placed in the cross-points marked X to the cross-points marked O and also the ballets originally placed in the cross-points marked O to the cross-points marked X . In this way the player who can shift three ballets of one type originally placed in the cross- points marked X to the cross-points marked O and vice versa wins the game." Das Gupta 1935: 151-152.
Confidence 100
Source Das Gupta, C. 1935. "A Few Types of Sedentary Games Prevalent in the Khasi and Jaintia HIll District in Assam." Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 7: 151-155.

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