Mancala 3

WARI another Mancala Game, is especially popular in Egypt and West Africa. Since each player has six more playing pieces than in mancala and the rules are a bit more complicated, the possibilities for ,tit-maneuvering your opponent are even more exciting.

  • PLAYERS.-TWO.

OBJECTIVE.-Each player tries to capture as many “seeds” or playing pieces as possible.
MATERIALS.-A Mancala playing board (identical to the Mancala board) and 48 playing pieces or seeds.

To BEGIN PLAY.-Place four pieces in each pit and decide which player will take the first turn.To PLAY.-The first player picks up all of the pieces in one of her pits and sows them, one in each pit, around the board counterclockwise. Unlike in Mancala, no pieces are placed in the large pits, or Kalahas, at each end of the board. These bins are used only to store captured pieces.
If there are more than 12 pieces in a player’s pit, then she will have to sow the pieces from that pit completely around the board. In this case, the emptied pit is passed over when completing the sowing.

When an opponent’s pits are empty, a player must, if possible, make a move that provides the opponent with a piece to play with. If the player fails to do so, he forfeits all of his pieces to the opponent. If it is impossible to provide the opponent with a piece, then the game ends and all of the pieces left on the board go into the player’s Kalaha. A player may capture pieces in her opponent’s pits by placing the last piece of a move into an opponent’s pit that already holds one or two pieces. If the pits that precede this pit also contain two or three pieces in an unbroken sequence, then the pieces in these pits are also captured.

The dotted circles (below) indicate where seven pieces were be¬fore being moved into new pits.A player cannot capture all of the opponent’s pieces, since this would make it impossible for each player to alternate turns.

The game ends when it is no longer possible for either player to capture any of the opponent’s pieces. Each player adds the pieces left in the pits on his or her side of the board to his or her own store (Ka¬laha), and the player with the largest number of pieces is the winner.