Mancala World
Djenon Abe
First Description: Jordi
Climent Tondo, 2012
Cycles: One
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Multiple laps
Region: Ivory Coast

Djenon Abe is played by the Abé in the Ivory Coast. The Abé, also known as Abbe or Abbey, number approximately 180,000 people. The game was first described by Jordi Climent Tondo in 2012.


The game is played on a board with two rows of six holes each. Initially each hole contains four seeds.

Each player owns one half of the board.


Initial Position

Players take turns moving the seeds.

On his turn a player picks up the seeds of one of his holes and then distributes them, one by one, counterclockwise into the ensuing holes around the board.

If the last seed is dropped into an occupied hole, which contained 2, 4 or more seeds, its contents are redistributed in another lap.

A move stops, when the last seed falls into an empty hole or a hole containing 1 or 3 seeds.

If the last seed is dropped into a hole which then contains 2 or 4 seeds, these are captured. In addition, the contents of all holes, which also contain 2 or 4 seeds are taken too, if they form a continuous chain directly behind. Players are permitted to capture on both sides of the board.

If a player has no seeds left, his opponent must "feed" him (i.e. make a move which gives him at least one seed).

The game ends, if a player cannot move at his turn or each player has exactly one seed left. If only one players has still seeds in his row at the end, he gives his opponent one of them for the final count.

The player who captured more seeds wins the game. The game is a draw, when both players have captured 24 seeds.

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