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Mandoli is a two-row mancala-style game board documented on the island of Hydra in Greece in the early nineteenth century.


2x6 board. Six counters in each hole. Unknown which direction the sowing occurs. Captures cannot be made on the first move. Captures are made when the final counter lands in a hole making it contain an even number. If the hole behind the captured hole also contains an even number, these are captured. Play continues until a player cannot move. The player who has captured the most counters wins.

Galt 1813: 241-242.




Murray 1951: 166.

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Galt, J. 1913. Letters from the Levant; Containing Views of the State of Society, Manners, Opinions, and Commerce, in Greece and Several of the Principal Islands of the Archipelago. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies.

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




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