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Dash Guti (Kowwu Dunki, Kowwa Dunki)




Southern Asia


Board, War, Leaping.


Dash Guti is a game with similar movement and capturing rules to Alquerque, but played on a much different board. It is played in India. This game is incorrectly reported in Murray's History of Games Other than Chess, which has led to this incorrect version appearing online with some frequency.


Each player lays out the pieces on the board on the intersections of the lines, each filling all the intersections of the triangle closest to the player, plus the extra intersection to their right. Play moves to the next adjacent intersection connected by a line. Opponent's pieces can be captured by hopping over them. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Gupta 1924: 166.



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Dash Guti


Murray 1951: 70.

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Gupta, H. 1924. 'A few types of sedentary games prevalent in the central provinces.' Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 20(5): 165–169.

Humphries, E. de M. 1906. Notes on "Pachesi" and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 2(4): 117–127.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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