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El-Mthaltha (Thlatha Tishsha, Thlath Tisha)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Africa

Category Board, War, Custodial


El-Mthaltha is a small game with custodial captures played in Tunisia.


3x3 intersecting lines, with diagonals in the square. Three pieces per player, which begin on opposite sides of the square. Players alternate turns moving one of their pieces along the lines of the board. When a player surrounds one of the opponent's pieces with two of their pieces, the opponent's piece is captured. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Ayoub 1991: 41.



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Ayoub, A. 1991. "100 jeux traditionnels du sud du Tunisie." in A. Ayoub and A. Louhichi (eds.), Jeu et sports en Mediterranée: actes du colloque de Carthage, 7-8-9 novembre 1989. Tunis: Alif, 13-54.

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