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This oware variant is, just like the Mancalah variant, not typical for a specific region, it just illustrates the essence of many Mancalah/oware games.
Start of the game:
The board consists of 2 rows of 6 cups. Between the two rows there are 2 extra cups, called the kalahs, at the edges of the board, one for each player. At the start of the game each cup except the 2 kalahs receives 4 beans.
(At some boards, the kalahs do not exists, and beans are stored outside the board).
Thus the initial situation should look like:
Lets say the top row belongs to player A, the bottom row to player B. Assume that player B starts. Players should agree on who starts. For fairness, consider playing 2 games, with both being first player in one of the games.
How to play:
The game ends when a player has no beans to play when his turn comes up. The other player takes the rest of the beans from his side of the board and adds them to his kalah.
Every player counts the beans in his own kalah. The player with the most beans in his kalah wins the game.
Instead of capturing the 2 or 3 beans in the last cup, the beans in the opposite cup are captured.
Player A starts by moving his first cup:
Player B plays safe:
Player A moves his second cup:
Player B moves a single bean:
Player A empties his 3rd cup:
Again player B just moves 1 bean:
This time player A also moves a single bean:
This forces player B to pass some of his beans to player A:
Player A now makes a small mistake and moves his leftmost cup:
This allows player B to capture 6 beans. Player B takes his second rightmost cup. For the benefit of instruction, we show this in phases:
Because the last cup now has 3 beans, player B takes these 3 beans and adds them to his kalah:
Because the previous cup also holds 3 beans, this cup is also captured: