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Kharbaga (kharberg)






board, war, leaping, alquerque


Kharbaga is a game played in North Africa, and is related to similar games played there that are similar to alquerque. The board is a five by five grid.


Rules from wikipedia (, which contradict other sources such as Monod 1950: Player decide which colors to play, and who starts first. The board is filled in the beginning with all the players pieces. The only point vacant on the board is the middle point. Each player's pieces are placed on their half of the board, and lined up on the right-hand side of the 5th. rank (the middle horizontal line of the grid board). Players alternate their turns. A non-Mullah piece moves forward only (straight forward or diagonally forward) one space per turn following the pattern on the board until they are crowned Mullah by reaching the last rank. Only one piece may be moved or used to capture enemy piece(s) per turn. A non-Mullah piece may capture an enemy piece by the short leap as in draughts or Alquerqe. The capture can be in any direction. Multiple captures are allowed, however, the line with the most captures must be taken. Captures are compulsory for non-Mullah and Mullah pieces. When a piece reaches the other player's rank, it is promoted to Mullah. The Mullah can move and capture in any direction. It can also move any number of spaces as in the King in international draughts. The Mullah can also capture an enemy piece from any distance, and land anywhere behind the captured piece provided there are no other pieces (friendly or not) within the spaces of the leap. If playing a variant where enemy pieces are not removed immediately when captured, the Mullah can not go back to any of them and leap them again. However, in a variant where captured pieces are removed immediately, the Mullah can leap over them again in order to leap another enemy piece(s). If a non-Mullah piece reaches the other player's rank as an intermediate step of a capturing sequence, the piece does not get promoted to Mullah.


North Africa

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Monod 1950: 12

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Monod, T. 1950. Sur quelques jeux africains à quadrillages. Notes Africains 45: 11–13.

Pereira, C. 2012. L’arabe de Zâdu (Zebel Nefûsa) d’après Gioia Chiauzzi. Dynamiques langagières en arabphonies. In Barontini, A., C. Pereira, A. Vicente, and K. Ziamari, eds. Variations, contacts, migrations, et créations artistiques. Hommage offert à Dominique Caubet par ses élèves et collègues. p. 163–199.

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