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Dris at-Talata (Dris-ath-Thalatha)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Africa

Category Board, Space, Line


Dris at-Talata is a simple game of alignment played in Egypt during the eighteenth century, but likely to be much older.


3x3 grid. Three pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board. When all of the pieces are placed, players alternate turns moving a piece to any empty space on the board. The player who places three pieces in an orthogonal row wins.

Niebuhr 1774: 171-172.



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Murrray 1951: 39.

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

Niebuhr, C. 1774. Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern. Copenhagen: Nicolaus Müller.



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