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Tama (Armenian Draughts)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Western Asia

Category Board, War, Leaping, Orthogonal


Tama is a game with leaping captures played in Armenia. It allows both orthogonal and diagonal movement, and was played on a checkered board.


8x8 checkered board, with a black space on the bottom left corner. Sixteen pieces per player. Pieces begin on the second and third rows. Pieces move orthogonally or diagonally forwards or sideways. Pieces may capture only in an orthogonal direction, but not backwards, by hopping over an adjacent piece belonging to the opponent to an empty space on the opposite adjacent side of the opponent's piece. Multiple captures are allowed, and the maximum number of possible captures must be taken. When a piece lands on the last row opposite from the one where they began the game, it is promoted and may move in any direction and capture in any orthogonal direction. A piece may be promoted in the middle of its turn if further captures are possible. The player who captures all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Schmidt 1934.

These rules were taken from the Tama ruleset.

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Tama Rules for Tama.

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Wikipedia These rules are contradictory to those described from Armenia in the early twentieth century, as the board and capturing by promoted pieces are different.



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Schmidt, W. 1934. "Le jeu de dames oriental." Le revue français du jeu de dames. 25: 393-394.

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