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Dum Blas (Main Dum, Dum Papan, Dam Blas)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southeastern Asia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Diagonal


Dum Blas is a game with leaping captures played in Malaysia during the early twentieth century.


10x10 board, with red and white checkered squares. Twenty pieces per player, which are arranged on the first four ranks closest to the player. Pieces move diagonally one space forward. Pieces may capture an opponent's piece by hopping over it diagonally to an empty adjacent square immediately on the other side of it. Pieces cannot capture in a backwards direction. The maximum number of pieces must be captured. If a player does not capture the maximum number of pieces, the other player may huff this piece, removing it from play. When a piece reaches the opposite edge of the board from where it started, it is promoted to king. Kings may move any distance diagonally, in a forward or backward direction. The player who captures all of their opponent's pieces wins.

Robinson 1904.



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Murray 1951: 81.

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

Robinson, H. O. 1904. Letter to the Norwich Mercury. Norwich Mercury, 27 January 1904, 7.



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