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Marelle Triple DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Europe, Western Europe

Category Board, Space, Line


Marelle Triple is a game of alignment played in France. Described in the nineteenth century, it is played on a board common worldwide, with slight variations in the rules.


Three concentric squares, the corners and midpoints of the squares connected with lines. Nine pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on an empty spot on the board. When all of the pieces are placed, the players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines. During either phase, when a player places three of their pieces in a row along the orthogonal lines (not along the diagonal lines), the player removes any one of the opponent's pieces. When a player is reduced to four pieces, they may move a piece to any open spot on the board. The player who reduces the opponent to two pieces wins.

de Moulidars 1840: 99-100.



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Murray 1951: 46.

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de Moulidars, T. 1840. Grande encyclopédie méthodique, universelle, illustrée des jeus et des divertissements de l'esprit et du corps. Paris: Librairie illustrée.

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

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