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

Djenon Aboure is played by the Aboure which live in the extreme southeastern Ivory Coast. The Aboure, also known as the Agoua, Abonwa, and Compa, number approximately 35,000 people. Most of them are commercial farmers. 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, which must contain at least two seeds, and then distributes them, one by one, counterclockwise into the ensuing holes. The first seed of each lap must be placed in the hole that had just been emptied. Singletons are not allowed to be moved.

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 move left, he must pass until he can play again.

The game ends, if all the holes of the board contain either singletons are are empty.

After the game has ended, each player wins the seeds in his row.

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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