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Lau Kata Kati (Kowwu Dunki)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Lines


Lau Kata Kati is a leaping capture game similar to Alquerque observed during the nineteenth century in India, but which is probably much older.


Play begins with each player's pieces on the pieces occupying the points of one of the triangles, leaving the shared apex empty. Pieces move to the next adjacent point connected by a line. Captures are made by hopping over an opponent's piece. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Datta 1933: 168, Humphries 1906: 123.



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Murray 1951: 70

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Datta, J. 'A few types of sedentary games of Lower Bengal.' Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 29(1): 167–170.

Humphries, E. de M. 1906. Notes on "Pachesi" and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 2(4): 117–127.

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

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