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San-Noku-Narabe (Chikkiri)DLP Game   


Period Modern, 1900s

Region Eastern Asia

Category Board, Space, Line


San-Noku-Narabe is a simple game of alignment played in Japan, typically in small villages and by children as well as adults. It is notably one of the only documented games played by the Ainu people.


3x3 intersecting lines. Three pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing a piece on an empty spot on the board. Once all of the pieces are placed, players move a piece to any empty spot on the board. The first player to make an orthogonal row of three along the lines of the board wins.

Murray 1951: 39.



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



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