Superwari → German.

Inventor: Bill Taylor, 2004
Variant of Oware
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: New Zealand

Superwari, a mancala game, was invented in 2004 by Bill Taylor, a mathematician at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is well-known in some online Oware communities by his nickname "kiwibill".

Bill Taylor is currently one of the strongest Wari players on Richard's PBeM Server, and he is also an excellent Go player.

Superwari has, in his view, more strategic structure, as regular Oware.


The board has 8 cells on each side, starting with 3 stones in each.


Initial Position

Movement is counterclockwise, single lap sowing, with the Oware capture rule: if the final cell is an opponent cell which has become size 2 or 3, it is captured together with any other 2-or-3 opponent cells continuously backward from it.

The cell moved from is not re-sown in that turn.

A move may not be made which would leave the opponent with no stones on his side of the board; unless this is unavoidable, in which case the sower plays any move and wins all the remaining stones.

If a position repeats, each wins the stones left on his own side. This rule is called by Bill Taylor the ko rule, a term borrowed from the game of Go. Ko means in Japanese "a period of time close to eternity".


Gering, R.
Superwari (e-mail to Yahoo's Mancala Games mailing list). August 18, 2004.
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