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Mogul Putt'han (Mughal-Pathan)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Lines


Mogul Putt'han is played throughout South Asia, documented since the early nineteenth century and likely is older. It is played on an alquerque board with triangular extensions on two opposite sides.


Game is played on an Alquerque board with 5x5 intersecting lines and with a triangular appendage on either side. Each player has sixteen pieces, which are placed on the intersections and move along the lines to the next open intersection. Players can hop opponents pieces to capture them. Multiple captures in one turn are allowed. A player wins when they capture all of the opponent's pieces or block them from being able to move.

Datta 1933: 168–169.

These rules were taken from the Sixteen Pieces ruleset.

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Described rulesets
Nineteen Pieces Played with nineteen pieces.

Observed rulesets
Sixteen Pieces Described by J. Datta.


South Asia

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Murray 1951: 67

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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.

Herklots, G. 1832. Qanoon-e-Islam, or the Customs of the Moosulmans of India. London: Parbury, Allen, and Co.

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

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