SEGA is the modern version of Senat, one of the most ancient games of skill. As in many other very old board games, pieces are captured by being confined on two sides. But in Seega, the pieces are not arranged on the board at the beginning of play. Instead, they are placed on the board alternatively by each player, so great foresight and planning are required to be sure that your pieces occupy the most strategic positions to complete the game and win.

Although the rules for Senat have not survived, we know that it was played in Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago. In fact, four different Senat boards were found in the tomb of the Pharoah Tutankhamon when it was discovered in . Seega is played on a smaller board than Senat, and with fewer pieces.

Today, the modern game of Seega is popular in Egypt and North Africa, where it is often played on a board drawn on and scooped out of the sand. Pebbles, beans, or small pieces of wood are used as playing pieces. They are called kelbs, or “dogs.”


OBJECTIVE.-To capture all of the opponent’s pieces or to block them so that they cannot move.
MATERIALS.-A square playing board divided into z 5 squares, and i z playing pieces. Each player uses a different color. The game may also be played on a board of 49 or 8 i squares. In each case, the number of playing pieces is increased to total one less than the total number of squares on the board.