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Nano-Wari → German.


Nano-Wari
Inventors: Assia Popova &
André Deledicq, 1977
Ranks: Two
Sowing: Single laps
Region: France

Nano-Wari was created by the Bulgarian Assia Popova and the French André Deledicq in 1977 who called it a game of contemplation because it's a game without any choice, strategy or intelligence. The game, which is the smallest mancala variant in existence, was completely analyzed in their book Wari et Solo.

Rules

Nanowariinitial

Initial Position

Nano-Wari is played on a two-rank board with one hole per side. Initially there are four seeds in each hole.

A move consists of emptying your own hole and distributing its contents in a circular manner (clockwise or counterclockwise does not matter) into both holes of the board. The first seed must be dropped in the opponent's hole.

The move ends after a single lap.

No seeds can be captured.

The game ends when a board position is repeated.

There are no winners or losers.

Comments

The position repeats itself every two moves. The game is as follows (South starts):

Nanowariinitial

Initial Position

Nanowariodd

After odd number of moves

Nanowarieven

After even number of moves

Deledicq & Popova also proposed it with different numbers of seeds per hole at the beginning.

  • With 1 it is: 1/1 <-> 2/0
  • With 2 it is: 2/2 -> 3/1 <-> 1/3
  • With 3 it is: 3/3 -> 5/1 -> 2/4 <-> 4/2

References

Deledicq, A. & Popova, A.
Wari et Solo: Le Jeu de Calculs Africain (Collection "Les Distracts" 3). CEDIC, Paris (France) 1977, 177-179.

Copyright

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By: Ralf Gering
Under the CC by-sa 2.5 license.

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