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Nao Guti DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Space, Line


Nao Guti is a game of alignment played in South Asia, with nine pieces on a board that is widely used throughout the world.


Three concentric squares, with lines connecting the midpoints. Nine pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board on an empty spot. When all the pieces have been placed, the players alternate turns moving a piece to an empty adjacent spot along the lines of the board. During either phase, if a player places three of their pieces in a row along the lines on the board, the player removes one of the opponent's pieces. The player who removes all the opponent's pieces wins.

Das Gupta 1926: 144-145.


South Asia

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Murray 1951: 47.

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Gupta, H. 1926a. 'A Few Types of Sedentary Games Prevalent in the Punjab." Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 22(4): 143–148.

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

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