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The Babylonian





Western Europe


Board, War, Leaping, Draughts.


The Babylonian was a game that became popular in Paris around 1736, and continued to be played in the Netherlands into the nineteenth century. It was played on a Polish Draughts Board, but the pieces move as Chess queens.


10x10 checkered board. Twenty pieces per player, arranged on the four rows closest to the player. Pieces move orthogonally or diagonally in any direction, only on the white spaces. Pieces may capture by jumping over an enemy piece to an empty space on the other side of it. Multiple captures in one turn are allowed. The player to capture all of the opponent's pieces wins.

Twiss 1805: 172; Murray 1951: 81.



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The Babylonian.lud


Murray 1951: 81.

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

Twiss, R. 1805. Miscellanies in Two Volumes. London: Twiss.



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