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Jesön Zam (Jeson Zam)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Asia, Northern Asia

Category Board, Space, Line


Jesön Zam (The nine ways) is an alignment game played in Mongolia. The game is described as boys with white hair dancing with boys with black hair.


Two triangles, which form a six-pointed star, with lines connecting the corner of one triangle with the corner of the other triangle which is opposite it. Nine pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on an empty point on the board. Players cannot place a piece in the central point during this phase. When all of the pieces are placed, players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent point on the board. During either phase, when a player places three of their pieces in a row, they remove one of the opponent's pieces. When three pieces are in a three-in-a-row pattern, they cannot be removed. The player who removes all of the opponent's pieces from the board wins.

Popova 1974: 26-32.



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Jeson Zam.lud


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Popova, A. 1974. "Analyse formelle et classification des jeux de calculs mongole." Études mongoles 5: 1974: 7-60.

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