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Namudilakunze (Chisolo)




Eastern Africa


Namudilakunze is a four-row mancala-style board game played by the Ba-Ila people of Zambia. It was played there in the early twentieth century.


4x7-10 board (seven most common). One counter in each hole, with the player's leftmost hole in the outer row empty. On the first turn, sowing occurs in a clockwise direction. On the second turn, the player may sow in either direction, but must continue in the chosen direction or the rest of the game. Captures are made when the final counter of a sowing lands in an empty hole in the inner row. When the opponent's inner row is empty, this will capture any counters in the opponent's outer row hole opposite. If the final counter lands in an occupied hole, the player picks up these counters and continues sowing. The player who captures all of the opponent's counters wins.

Smith and Dale 1920: 232-237.


Murray 1951: 210.

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

Smith, E and A. Dale. 1920. The Ila-speaking Peoples of Northern Rhodesia. London: Macmillan.



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