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Hawalis tournament in Niederzissen, May 2008

Mancala is not yet a popular mindsport in Germany and so far only a few mancala tournaments have been held. Kalah, Oware and Toguz Kumalak were played most, but there was also one multi-game tournament featuring Hawalis and Imbelece too. Several tournaments (planned in Westhofen (2009), Bad Neuenahr (2009), Königswinter (2010), Reutlingen (2011), Düsseldorf (2011 & 2012)) couldn't be realized because of lack of interest.

In addition, Brettspielnetz and Brettspieltwelt organize internet tournaments with mostly German participants. Three universities (Bayreuth, Dresden, Oldenburg) have also held Kalah tournaments for testing the programmes of their Computer Science students.

The only international tournament players from Germany are Jurij Nold and Ralf Gering

The following table shows some outstanding achievements of German top players with international tournament experience:

Player Discipline Tournament Place Year(s) Results
Aleksej Peters Togus Kumalak 2nd German Toguz Kumalak Championship Schweinfurt (Deutschland) 2012 Gold (Main Tournament); Gold (Blitz) - 2nd German Champion in Main and Blitz
Jurij Nold Toguz Kumalak Championship of the Jezkazgan District Jezkazgan (Soviet Union and Kazakhstan) 1989-1994 Gold
Jurij Nold Toguz Kumalak 2nd World Toguz Kumalak Championship Pardubice (Czech Republic) 2012 4th place (Main Tournament); 5th place (Blitz) - best European player in both tournaments
Jurij Nold Toguz Kumalak 1st German Toguz Kumalak Championship Schweinfurt (Germany) 2012 Silver (Blitz) - 2nd German Blitz Champion
Jurij Nold Toguz Kumalak 1st European Togus Kumalak Championship / Czech Open Pardubice (Czechia) 2011 Gold - 1st European Champion
Jurij Nold Toguz Kumalak 1st German Toguz Kumalak Championship Schweinfurt (Germany) 2011 Gold (Main Tournament) - 1st German Champion
Irina Nold Toguz Kumalak 1st Kazakh Women's Championship Almaty (Kazakhstan) 1992 Gold - 1st Kazakh Woman Champion
Irina Nold Togus Kumalak 2nd German Toguz Kumalak Championship Schweinfurt (Deutschland) 2012 Bronze (Blitz)
Ralf Gering Toguz Kumalak Czech Open Pardubice (Czechia) 2009 8th place (Main Tournament) - best European player
Ralf Gering Bao la Kiswahili 3rd International Bao Tournament (Unofficial European Championship) Berg-en-Dal (Netherlands) 2010 5th place
Ralf Gering Toguz Kumalak 1st German Toguz Kumalak Championship Schweinfurt (Germany) 2011 Silver (Main Tournament) - 1st German Vice-Champion


Tournaments in Germany

The following tables give a summary about all known Mancala tournaments in Germany.

Over-the-board Tournaments
Tournament Place Years Notes
2nd Augsburger Togus Kumalak Tournament, Individual - Rapid Birkenstube (Augsburg) 2015 9 participants (6 from Augsburg, 1 each from Schweinfurt, Frankfurt and Münster)
2nd Augsburger Togus Kumalak Tournament, Individual - Blitz Birkenstube (Augsburg) 2015 9 participants (6 from Augsburg, 1 each from Schweinfurt, Frankfurt and Münster)
2nd Fritz Jahn Tournament Gaststätte Alte Warte (Schweinfurt) 2014 11 participants, among them 3 teenagers (players also from Ethiopia and Somalia)
Hawalis Tournament, HoT HoT (Sinzig) 2014 8 participants, among them children and young adults
Kalah Tournament, HoT HoT (Sinzig) 2014 7 participants, among them children and young adults; with pie rule and 6 stones per hole
Toguz Kumalak Birthday Tournament Familotel Krone (Bad Hindelang) 2014 (November 1) 5 Participants (1st Place: Georg Feder), 2nd Place: Jurij Nold), 3rd Place: Valeri Bulatov)
1st AfroDeutsche Mancala Tournament of AfroDeutsche e.V. AWOthek (Nürnberg) 2013 12 participants (10 from Africa, 2 from Germany) among them one child - the first Bohnenspiel tournament held in Germany
1st Augsburg Toguz Kumalak Tournament, Individual Birkenstube (Augsburg) 2013 14 participants (8 from Augsburg, 6 from Schweinfurt)
1st Augsburg Toguz Kumalak Tournament, Team Birkenhof (Augsburg) 2013 Schweinfurt wins 4 : 1
1st Fritz Jahn Tournament (Bohnenspiel) Evangelisches Gemeindehaus (Sinzig) 2013 10 participants among them 5 teenagers (also players fom Ethiopia and the Netherlands)
1st Richard Karutz Tournament (Toguz Kumalak - "Blitz") Evangelisches Gemeindehaus (Sinzig) 2013 9 participants among them 5 teenagers (players from Ethiopia and the Netherlands)
1st Richard Karutz Tournament (Toguz Kumalak - "Rapid") Evangelisches Gemeindehaus (Sinzig) 2013 11 participants among them 5 teenagers (players from Ethiopia and the Netherlands)
Bohnenspiel Tournament of JuKuBa Jugend- und Kulturbahnhof Bad Breisig 2013 6 participants (children and adults) aged 8 - 50
Mancala Tournament, HoT HoT (Sinzig) 2013 8 participants (children and adults) - according to the rules of the Bohnenspiel
Bohnenspiel Tournament of KLEX Kinder- und Jugendzentrum KLEX (Jena) 2012 10 participants (children age 10-12); "Bohnenspiel" was used as a generic term - the tournament was played according to the rules of Oware
Congkak Tournament of the Embassy of Malaysia during the "All Nations Festival" Embassy of Malaysia (Berlin) 2012 Quote: "A mini tournament was held among the interested visitors and the winners walked away with prizes contributed by the Tropical Islands." - first Congkak tournament in Germany (more information)
German Toguz Kumalak Championship, Blitz Tournament Galerie zum Schrotturm (Schweinfurt) 2012, 2011 10 participants (all adults) in 2011; 14 participants (3 participants younger than 18) in 2012
German Toguz Kumalak Championship, Main Tournament Galerie zum Schrotturm (Schweinfurt) 2012, 2011 12 participants (1 child and 11 adults) in 2011; 14 participants ((3 participants younger than 18) in 2012
Kalah Tournament, Donnersberger Umweltdiplom 2012 des Weltladens Eisenberg Pedestrian Zone (Eisenberg) 2012 7 participants (all of them children age 10-14); 6 counters per hole; Round-Robin; Photos: 1 and 2
Kalah Tournament, 5th Anniversary of Afro K.I.D. Nürnberg e.V. Südstadtforum Service und Soziales (Nürnberg) 2012 8 participants ages 7-14; six seeds per hole & standard rules
Wari Tournament, Afrika-Fest Burg Lißberg Burg Lißberg (Ortenberg) 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2000 only regular Oware tournament in Germany; no abapa rules until 2010; separate tournaments for children and adults in 2009; 16 participants in 2009, 8 in 2010, 10 in 2012
Kalah Tournament, Africa School Fest of the Primary School Leiberg Grundschule Leiberg (Bad Wünnenberg) 2010 c. 10 participants (children and adults; Photo of the finals)
"Kalaha" Tournament, Summer Fest of the Child Day Care Center "Wiesenzauber" Kindertagesstätte "Wiesenzauber" (Tönisvorst) 2010 c. 25 participants; the game was called "Kalaha", although it was played according to the Waurie rules except that each hole initially contained 5 seeds
Oware Tournament, AfroBerlin 2008 & ANEE e.V. Werkstatt der Kulturen (Berlin) 2008 largest tournament in Germany; 30 participants (15 boards simultaneously)
Mancala Tournaments (Hawalis, Imbelece, Oware), Kreativtage 2008 Brohltalschule (Niederzissen) 2008 only for students who participated in the mancala workshop; age 11-13; during three days; 10 participants (Oware), 8 participants (Imbelece), 9 participants (Hawalis)
Kalah Tournament, Afrikanisches Fest (organized by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frieden Trier & Weltladen Trier) Haus Fetzenreich (Trier) 2007 8 participants; played with "empty-capture" rule and 5 seeds per hole
Kalah Tournament, Weltladen Bramfelder Laterne Weltladen Bramfelder Laterne (Hamburg) 2006 6 participants; won by Klaus Jähn, the first German Kalah champion
Kalah Tournament, Dientzenhofer-Gymnasium Bamberg Schullandheim Pfünz (Pfünz) c. 2005 only for students of a school trip
1st Oware Championship of Halle, Eine Welt e.V./Weltladen am Eselsbrunnen luxkino (Halle an der Saale) 2004 6 participants (5 of them women); photos: 1, 2 and 3
Internet Tournaments
Game Web Site Years Notes
BohnDuell Brettspielwelt 2003-2007 only the short board with four holes per row
Kalaha Spin.de 2002 (1x), 2004 (4x), 2005 (9x), 2006 (1x), 2007 (3x), 2009 (9x) also called "Bantumi" or "Mancala" on this site
Kalaha Südland (a role playing game) 2011 also called "Mancala" on this site
Oware Brettspielnetz 2009 (1x), 2010 (4x), 2011 (2x), 2012 (1x), 2013 (1x) dominated by Ralf Gering who won three out of six tournaments in which he took part; not abapa; usually 14 participants in each tournament (except for the so-called "championships")
Artificial Intelligence Tournaments
Tournament & Game Institute & University Year Notes
Software-Praktikum, Kalaha Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik, Philipps-Universität Marburg 2010 organized by Tillmann Rendel, M.Sc.
--, Kalaha Institut für Informatik, Universität Bayreuth 2006 organized by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Westfechtel
First Dresden General Game Playing Competition 2006, Kalaha Fakultät Informatik, Technische Universität Dresden 2006 organized by Prof. Michael Thielscher
Abapa-Turnier, Oware Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus 2006 organized by Prof. Dr. Peter Bachmann and Wolfgang Jeltsch
--, Kalaha Department für Informatik, Universität Oldenburg 1997 organized by Dr.-Ing. Dietrich Boles

See also

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Wari Tournament Burg Lißberg, May 2010

External Links

Copyright

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