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Nerenchi Keliya DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Space, Line


Nerenchi Keliya is an alignment game played in Sri Lanka. Graffiti on earlier monuments may suggest the game has a certain degree of antiquity on the island.


Three concentric squares with lines connecting the midpoints of the squares. Nine pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing one of their pieces on an empty space. If a player places three of their pieces along one of the straight lines, they take another turn. Once all of the pieces are on the board, players take turns moving a piece to an empty space on the board. When a player creates a line of three in this phase, the player removes one of the opponent's pieces, and receives another turn. The player who reduces the opponent to two pieces wins.

Parker 1909: 577-580.


Sri Lanka

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Murray 1951: 47.

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

Parker, H. 1909. Ancient Ceylon. New Delhi: Asian Educational Services.

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