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Evidence for Triodi

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Id DLP.Evidence.1669
Type Ethnography
Location Mainland Greece
Date 1900-01-01 - 1901-12-31
Rules Three concentric squares, the midpoints of the squares connected with lines. Nine pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on an empty spot on the board. When all of the pieces are placed, the players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines. During either phase, when a player places three of their pieces in a row along the lines, the player removes any one of the opponent's pieces. The player who reduces the opponent to two pieces wins.
Content "ONE of the favourite pastimes of the Macedonian peasantry is the game known by the name of " The Meeting of Three Roads " (to triodi). It is identical with our Nine Men's Morris and is played in the following manner. A diagram consisting of three squares, one within the other, is drawn with a piece of chalk or charcoal upon a flat surface, a stone or board or table, as the case may be. The squares are joined with lines drawn across from the middle of the inner to the middle of the outer sides (fig. 1) and sometimes with diagonals as well (fig. 2). The battle-field thus prepared, each of the two combatants is armed with nine pebbles, beans, grains, sticks, bits of paper or what not, of a colour different from that of the pieces of his opponent... opens the campaign by planting down one of his pieces at some point of intersection, and is followed by his opponent. This is done by the two players alternately until all the pieces are placed. The end towards which each of them strives is to get three pieces in a row to make a trio and to prevent his adversary from attaining the same end. When all the pieces are disposed of, they are moved, one place at a time, by turns, with the same object in view. He who has made a trio is entitled to one of his opponent's pieces. The struggle goes on with varying fortune until one of the combatants is left with only two pieces. Then the battle is lost and won...The game is also popular in Southern Greece." Abbott 1903: 295-296.
Confidence 100
Source Abbott, G. 1903. Macedonian Folklore. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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