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De Cercar La Liebre ("catch the hare")






board, hunt


This game is documented in Alfonso X's Libro de los Juegos. It is one of the earliest hunt games that has documented rules, and was played in thirteenth century Spain. It is played on an alquerque de doze board. Alfonso X 91


One player is the rabbit, and the other player plays with twelve other pieces. They may also play with either ten or eleven pieces instead of twelve. The pieces move along the lines. The goal is to corner the rabbit so that it cannot move. The rabbit may hop over the other pieces to capture them. The rabbit wins by reducing the opponent to nine pieces.



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De Cercar La Liebre.lud


Murray 1951: 99

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Golladay, S. M. n.d. Alfonso X’s Book of Games. Translated by Sonja Musser Golladay.

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

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