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Cross-Kalah

Cross-Kalah → German, Portuguese.


Cross-Kalah
Inventor: William Daniel
Troyka, 2001
Variant of Kalah
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: USA, Internet

Cross-Kalah was invented in 2001 by William Daniel Troyka in Boston, USA. The game was implemented in Zillions of Games in 2004.

The first player has no longer a large advantage as in standard Kalah and the endgames are more complicated.

Cross-Kalah is an implementation of the Cross-Mancala meta-rule to Kalah.

The game can be played online on igGameCenter since February 9, 2010.

Rules

Initially there are three to six stones per hole, three being best suited for children, six for the advanced player.

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Initial Position for Expert Players

Each player's "kalah" (or store) is at his right hand.

The other rules are also identical to Kalah and only differ in the following:

  • The contents of a hole with an odd number of stones are distributed clockwise, while those with an even number continue to be sown anti-clockwise.

Example Games

(1) Ralf Gering, Germany - William Daniel Troyka, USA (E-Mail Game: September 8 - November 12, 2004)

  1. A-F (+1)....b (+1)
  2. C (+1).......a-b (+4)
  3. B (+3).......c-e (+1)
  4. F (+1).......b
  5. E (+3).......f (+1)
  6. A-D (+2)...d (+9)
  7. E (+1).......e (+1)
  8. F (+1).......c
  9. F..............b
  10. D (+1).......d
  11. E (+1).......e (+3)
  12. A (+2).......c
  13. F..............a (+1)
  14. E..............d
  15. C-A (+1)....b
  16. B (+9).......e-c-a (+9)
  17. E-F (+4)....d
  18. C..............b
  19. E..............e (+2)
  20. B..............a
  21. F (+2)........c
  22. D (+1)........Resigns

Troyka resigns because Gering would win 38:34 points, if the game was continued.

(2) Ralf Gering, Germany - Vitaly Chernishov, Russia (igGameCenter: October 30, 2004)

  1. F (+1)..................a-b (+1)
  2. A-C (+2)...............f
  3. B.........................c (+1)
  4. E-C (+16).............a-c (+3)
  5. D (+3)..................e (+7)
  6. E-A-E-C-D (+10)...c
  7. F (+6)

Gering wins with 38 points. This was the shortest Cross-Kalah game ever recorded.

Notation

f e d c b a
A B C D E F

References

Troyka, W. D.
Game: Cross-Kalah. In: Zillions of Games. Zillions Development Corp., Boulder Creek (USA) 2001.
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