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Jänes Soppi (Janes Soppi)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, Hunt


Jänes Soppi ("the hare to the corner") is a blockade game from Estonia.


3x3 intersecting lines, with triangles extending on opposite ends of the large square and the central line extending to the apices. One player plays as the notched stick, called the hare, and the other as three sharp sticks, known as the hounds. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board. When a player has placed all of their pieces on the board, they move one of their pieces to an empty adjacent spot along the lines. When the hounds block the hare from being able to move, the hounds win.

Michaelsen 2014: 207.

These rules were taken from the Jänes Soppi ruleset.

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Described rulesets
Jänes Soppi Rules for Jänes Soppi.

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Hare wins Hares can win.



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Janes Soppi.lud


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Michaelsen 2014: 207.

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Kalamees, A. 1973. Eesti Rahvamänge. Tallinn: Kirjastus Eesti Raamat.

Michaelsen, P. 2014. "Haretavl - Hare and Hounds as a Board Game." In M. Teichert (ed.), Sport und Spiel bei den Germanen: Nordeuropa von der römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter. Berlin: De Gruyter.

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