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Alquerque

Period

Medieval

Region

Southwest Asia

Description

First mentioned in the 10th Century by the Persian historian Abu al-Faraj al-Isfahani, who calls it "qirq," a term for merels games. The first description of rules are found in Alfonso X's Libro de los Juegos in 13th century Spain. The board consists of 5x5 intersecting lines with diagonals. Pieces are placed on the intersections and can move along the lines. Each player has 12 pieces. Pieces can move to one adjacent point. They can capture an opponent's piece by jumping them if the opponent's piece is adjacent and the next point in that direction is empty. If a capturing move is possible it must be made. The goal is to capture all of the opponent's pieces. Many historians consider alquerque to be an ancestor of draughts and many other games in cultures that interacted with Islamic peoples or the Spanish.

Rules

Origin

Ludeme Description

Alquerque.lud

Variants

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