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Mancala can be played in a competitive manner. Every year hundreds of tournaments are organized throughout the world.

Most mancala games are mindsports not unlike Chess, Shogi, Xiang Qi, Go, Renju or Draughts. The most important mancala mindsports are Oware, Toguz Kumalak, Omweso, and Bao la Kiswahili. However, mancala can be combined with physical contest (Condi Mancala and Mancala Boxing) or it can be used to challenge one's reflexes and nimbleness as in Seethaipandi.

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Over-the-board Tournaments
Game Tournaments Leading Players Notes
Oware Andorra (Andorra-la-Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria); Antigua & Barbuda (Johnson's Point, St. John's); Argentina (Buenos Aires), Austria (Vienna); Bahamas (Nassau); Barbados (Speightstown); Belgium (Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels); Brazil (Catalão GO, Bebedouro SP); Burkina Faso (?); Canada (Brampton ON, Hamilton ON, London ON, Maple ON, Toronto ON, Montreal QC, Thetford Mines QC); Cuba (Santiago de Cuba); Czech Republic (Pardubice, Prague); France (Am­plepuis, Arles, Auxerre, Avignon, Beaune, Bonneuil-sur-Marne, Boissy-sous-Saint-Yon, Brèves, Camblanes-et-Meynac, Cannes, Castres (Mi­di-Pyrénées), Champ­sanglard (Limousin), Chazay d'Azergues, Chevreuse, Clamart, Diges (Bourgogne), Douai, Dra­guignan, Evry (Es­sonne), Fismes, Foix, Gap, Gardanne, Garges-lès-Gonesse, Grenoble, Grisolles (Tarn-et-Garonne), Haute­fort, Hen­daye, Herblay, Ivry-sur-Seine, Jouy-en-Josas, Lavelanet, Le Bourg (Midi Pyrénées), Le Breuil (Saône-et-Loire), Le Hav­re, Le Pradet, L'Escarène, Les Vans (Ardèche), Lille, Lognes, Lyon, Mantes-la-Ville, Marseille, Mauguio, Miramas, Montbeliard, Mon­coutant, Mont­ge­rons, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Moret-sur-Loing, Morières-lès-Avignon, Nancy, Noisiel, Orcemont, Paris, Pel­leau­tier (Hautes Provence), Portiragnes, Prat-Bonrepaux (Bas Couserans), Prélenfrey-du-Gua (Le Gua), Pu­teaux, Que­tigny, Rennes, Roque­fort-les-Pins, Roubaix, Rouen, Saint Agrève, Saint Colomban, Saint-Étienne-au-Mont, Saint Jean du Gard, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Saint-Just-Malmont, Saint-Lô, Sathonay-Camp (Rhône), Sébazac-Concourès, Semur-en-Auxois, Sois­sons, Straß­burg, Tarascon sur Ariège, Tarbes (Midi-Pyrénées), Tho­rigné-Fouillard, Toulouse, Valady, Valbonne, Ville­nave d'Ornon, Was­que­hal, Yzeure); Germany (Berlin, Halle, Jena, Niederzissen, Ortenberg); Ghana (Accra, Brenu, Kumasi, Tema); Ireland (Dublin); Italy (Bari, Castelveccana, Milano, Pisa, Settimo Torinese); Ivory Coast (Abidjan, Daoukro, Divo, Gagnoa, Grabo, Kpouébo, Taboitien); Jamaica (St. Elizabeth (Ridge Pen)); Kazakhstan (Astana); Netherlands (Almere, Amsterdam); Norway (Vennesla (near Kristiansand)); Russia (Novouralsk); Serbia (Belgrade); Slovenia (Ljubljana / Laibach); Spain (Argentona, Barcelona, Bilbao, Granollers, Malgrat de Mar, Mataro, San Cugat de las Vallès, Santa Susanna, Valencia); Switzerland (Älen, Dallenwil, Engelberg, Freiburg, La-Tour-de-Peilz, Tramelan / Tramlingen, Vevey / Vivis); Togo (?); UK (Bristol (England), Cambridge (England), Grays (England), Harlow (England), London (England), Manchester (England), Woodford Green (England)); USA (Vernon Hills IL, Cincinnati OH, Concord MA, DeFuniak Springs FL, New York NY); US Virgin Islands (Kingshill (Saint Croix)) Ibrahim Abubakar ("Oware Killer"), Kwaku Solomon, Trevor Simon, September Christian, Pumpkin Lewis The most popular mancala game; International Oware Society (founded in 1995) based in London (UK).
Ayo Nigeria (Abeokuta, Benin City, Ibadan, Ife, Igbara-Odo, Ilesha, Lagos, Ogbomoso, Osogbo, Ota, Oyo); UK (Plymouth (England)); USA (Auburn AL, Baltimore MD) (?) Most tournaments in Nigeria, whe important matches are even shown on TV.
Ouri Cape Vert (Mindelo, Porto Novo (Santo Antão)); Portugal (Alpedrinha, Arcos de Valdevez, Atouguia da Baleia, Aveiro, Bagium do Monte, Batalha, Be­ne­dita, Bra­ga, Caldas Reinha, Cal­he­ta, Carnaxide, Coimbra, Covilhã, Évora, Fátima, Ferreira do Zêzere, Fundão, Ginetes, Guimarães, Lagares da Beira, Lamego, Leiria, Lissabon, Mangualde, Mi­randa do Cor­vo, Moita, Mon­te­mor-o-Novo, Pinhão (Alijó), Ponta Delgada (Azores), Porto, Porto Santo (Madeira), Ribeira Gran­de (Azores), Sabadim, San­tarém, Santo Estêvão de Briteiros, Santo Tirso, São João (Madeira), São João da Pesqueira, Seixal, Vialonga, Viana do Castelo, Vi­la Nova de Famalicão, Vila Real) Mariana Matos Pinto, João Maria Menezes, Fábio André Araújo Local and national tournaments for children, the largest with over 2,100 participants.
Songo Ewondo Cameroon (Ayos, Bafia, Biwong Bane, Douala, Ebemvok, Ebolowa, Ma'an, Mbalmayo, Otele, Oyop, Yaounde); Equatorial Guinea (Añisok, Bata, Beayop, Malabo, Mbini); France (Bourges, Caens, Strasbourg); Gabon (Franceville, Libreville, Mbam, Meyo Kye, Oyala, Oyem, Port-Gentil). Vivi Metou, Lévy Megne-Masseko, Meba Mefame, Narcisse Nguema Masters are called "Nti"; more than 50 tournaments each year; promoted by the Gabonese Culture & Arts Ministry.
Bohnenspiel Brazil (Catalão GO); Czech Republic (Pardubice); Germany (Bad Breisig, Nürnberg, Schweinfurt, Sinzig) Ralf Gering, Jurij Nold, Aidos Seizhanov, Maksat Shotayev, Galymcan Temirbayev First tournament with 8 participants from the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Kazakhstan in 2012, a second one with 12 participants from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Germany, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Somalia, and Uganda in April 2013.
Ajua Kenya (Bungoma, Isiolo, Kakamega, Kasarani, Mombasa, Nakuru, Nyilima, Sio Port, Thika); USA (Jersey City NJ) (?) More than 20 clubs in Butere District alone.
Kiothi Kenya (Meru) (?) Last report in 1972; the current status of the Kiothi Club in Meru is unknown.
Waurie Grand Cayman (George Town); Germany (Tönisvorst) Harry Kinch, Gretchen Allen Organized by the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Selus Gebeta Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) (?) Discipline of the traditional sports competition organized by the Addis Ababa Traditional Sports Federation every two years.
Imbelece Germany (Niederzissen) David Fischbach First school tournament in 2008.
Bao Czech Republic (Pardubice); Italy (Latina, Senigallia, Rome, Turin); Kenya (Lamu, Mombasa); Netherlands (Berg en Dal, Breda, Den Haag, Leiden, Nijmegen, Wageningen); Switzerland (La-Tour-de-Peilz); Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Lindi, Matema (Kyela District, Mikindani, Mikunguni (Zanzibar), Mnazi Mmoja (Zanzibar), Nandembo, Tumbe (Pate)) Abdulrahim Muhiddin Foum, Masaoud Hassan Ali ("Kijoumbe"), Ali Maulid Hussein ("Maulidi") 16 member clubs of the Chama cha Bao ("Bao Society") on Zanzibar; discipline of the Mindsports Olympiad (MSO) in 2002; masters are called Fundi (about 10 on Zanzibar).
Bawo Canada (Edmonton AB); Malawi (Balaka, Blantyre, Chirimba, Lilongwe, Malunda, Mangochi, Monkey Bay, Mponda Mponda, Mzuzu City, Namiasi, Ndirande); UK (Cambridge (England)) Isaac Masauli, Gilos Chitsulo Major tournaments reported in newspapers.
Omweso Uganda (Iganga, Jinja, Kampala, Kayunga, Kira Town); UK (Cambridge (England), London (England)); USA (Washington DC, Dallas TX) Hudson Kyagaba, Mwodha Fredrick, Twaha Tinkamanyire Discipline of the Mindsports Olympiad (MSO) in 2000-2003; National Game of Uganda; International Omweso Society in London (UK).
Igisoro Canada (Montreal QC), Rwanda (Kigali) (?) Promoted by the Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports in Rwanda (since 1983) and Gilbert Rwirangira in Canada.
Kiela Angola (Lobito, Luanda, Samba) (?) Promoted by Bernardo Campos with the support of the Angolan government. First tournament in 1999.
Moruba South Africa (Aganang (Capricorn District), Athlone (Cape Town), Blouberg (Capricorn District), Bolobedu, East London (Durban), Indermark, Johannesburg, Mdantsane, Oudsthoorn, Polokwane (Capricorn District), Sasekani, Tzaneen, Vanderbijlpark) Lawrence Kashane; Solly Mabunda; Whisky Malatji; Job Malesa; Marcus Senyolo; D. Shikwambam; Gilbert Shingange; Petrus Shibambu Promoted by the South African Sports Commission (SASC) since 2003.
Tchadji Mozambique (Makuti Town) (?) Competitions on the Island of Mozambique
Hawalis Germany (Niederzissen, Sinzig); Oman (Mutrah, Ruwi, Seeb); Portugal (Lisbon) Dad Mohd Clubs in Ruwa, Mutrah, and Seeb; a school tournament in Germany in 2008.
Toguz Kumalak China (Beijing, Urumchi); Czech Republic (Humpolec, Pardubice, Prague); France (Cannes); Germany (Augsburg, Bad Hindelang, Schweinfurt, Sinzig); Kazakhstan (Abay, Agadyr, Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Arys, Astana, Astrakhanka, Atasu, Atyrau, Balkash, Chaglinka, Ekibastuz, Ereymentau, Fort Shevchenko, Jezkazgan, Kapchagay, Karaganda, Karkaralinsk, Kazaly, Kentau, Kokshetau, Komsomol, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Malibay, Oskemen, Pavlodar, Progress (Glubokoye District), Semey, Shortandy, Shymkent, Smimovo, Stepnogorsk, Taldykorgan, Talshik (Akhzar District), Taraz, Temirtau, Terenozek, Ulken Naryn, Uralsk, Zaisan, Zhaksy, Zheskent, Zyryanovsk); Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek, Cholpon-Ata, Issik-kul, Jalal-Abad, Kara-Balta, Osh, Talas); Macedonia (Ohrid); Mongolia (Ölgii); Portugal (Lisbon); Russia (Chelyabinsk, Cherkessk (Karachay-Cherkessia), Gorno-Altaysk (Altay), Kosh-Agach (Altay), Omsk); Spain (Barcelona); Switzerland (La Tour-de-Peilz); Turkey (Antalya, Istanbul); UK (London (England)); Uzbekistan (Tashkent) Batyrhan Abilbekov, Serik Aktayev, Asel Dalieva, Diana Kenina, Jurij Nold, Aleksej Peters, Saltanat Saparbekova, Aidos Seytjanov, Maksat Shotayev, Galymcan Temirbayev More than 30 Toguz Kumalak masters; over 20 national and international tournaments in Central Asia; discipline of the Mindsports Olympiad (MSO) 2006.
Chongka'Guam (Hagåtña, Mangilao) (?) Promoting Chamorro identity.
Congkak Australia (Nhill VIC, Toora VIC); Brunei (Jalan Kebangsaan); France (Paris); Germany (Berlin); Indonesia (Surubaya (East Java), Tangerang); Malaysia (Ampang Jaya (Selangor), Bukit Raja (Selangor), Butterworth (Penang), George Town (Penang), Padang Jelutong (Kedah), Kampung Gunung Mesah (Perak), Kampung Kuala Paya (Johor), Kangar (Perlis), Kerteh (Terengganu), Kota Bharu (Kelantan), Kota Tinggir (Johor), Kuala Besut (Terengganu), Kuala Lipis (Pahang), Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Miri (Sarawak), Pekan (Pahang), Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya, Seremban, Seri Kembangan (Selangor), Seri Manjung (Perak), Subang Jaya (Selangor), Tronoh (Penak)); Portugal (Lisboa); UK (Cardiff (Wales), Edinburgh (Scotland), Manchester (England), Nottingham (England), Sheffield (England)); USA (Evanston IL, Kalamazoo MI)(?) Mostly played by children.
Sungka Austria (Vienna); Australia (Penrith (Sydney) NSW); Canada (Cultus Lake BC, Richmond BC, Winnipeg MB), Philippines (Cebu City, City of Manila (Metro Manila), Davao, Marawi, Muntinlupa City, Naval (Biliran), Quezon City (Metro Manila), Sagay City, San Jose City (Nueva Ecija), Silay City, Tayabas (Quezon)); South Africa (Pretoria); Taiwan (Taipei); USA (Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA, San Pedro CA, Wailuku HI, East Peoria IL, Morton Grove IL, Columbia MD, Dallas TX, Houston TX, Salt Lake City UT) (?) Promotes Filipino identity in migrant communities.
Ali Guli Mane India (Mysore (Karnataka)) (?) Contest in 2009 for men and women, adults and children alike.
Pallanguzhi India (Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)), Malaysia (Batu Caves) (?) Played by women only.
Cenne India (Mangalore (Karnataka), Udupi (Karnataka)) (?) Played by women only.
Seethaipandi India (Chennai (Tamil Nadu)) (?) Interschool competitions in 2002 and 2003.
Kalah Argentina (Mar del Plata); Australia (Brisbane); Austria (Holzschlag, Klosterg); Brazil (Catalão GO, Belo Horizonte MG, Monte Alegre PA, Niterói RJ, Campinas SP, São Bernardo do Campo SP, São Paulo SP); Canada (Nakusp BC, Truro NS); Denmark (Apenrade, Kopenhagen, Skårup (Funen)); Germany (Bad Wünnenberg, Hamburg, Nürnberg, Pfünz, Sinzig, Trier); Hungary (Budapest); Japan (Misawa, Soka); Latvia (Windau); Netherlands (Loenen aan de Vecht); Po­land (Berent); Serbia (Belgrad); Sweden (Åhus, Ekilstuna, Skärblacka, Spånga, Stockholm, Ystad); Switzerland (Lenz­burg); UK (Truro); USA (Kenai AK, Fort Rucker AL, Rogers AR, Peoria AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Tempe AZ, Anaheim CA, Bakersfield CA, Belmont CA, Cloverdale CA, Danville CA, Fresno CA, Hayward CA, Irvine CA, Lafa­yette CA, Long Beach CA, Manteca CA, Menlo Park CA, Merced CA, Pleasanton CA, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Vacaville CA, Watsonville CA, Denver CO, Durango CO, Bridgeport CT, Coventry CT, New Haven CT, South Windsor CT, Watertown CT, Washington DC, Brandon FL, Estero FL, Mayport FL, Miami FL, Port St. Joe FL, Wil­ton Ma­nors FL, Ames IA, Champaign IL, Chicago IL, Glenview IL, Lansing IL, Wauconda IL, Brownsburg IN, Ce­dar Lake IN, Notre Dame IN, Portage IN, Richmond IN, Salem IN, Atchison KS, Emporia KS, Manhattan KS, McPherson KS, Saint Martinville LA, Arlington MA, Bedford MA, Beverly MA, Fitchburg MA, Holbrook MA, Ware­ham MA, Welles­ley MA, Aberdeen MD, Joppa MD, Westminster MD, Auburn ME, Bangor ME, Windham ME, Algonac MI, East Jordan MI, East Lansing MI, Petoskey MI, Champlin MN, Little Falls MN, Mankato MN, Saint Paul MN, Pine City MN, Blue Springs MO, Ellisville MO, Fort Leonard Wood MO, Kansas City MO, Marshall MO, Peculiar MO, St. Louis MO, Uni­ver­sity City MO, Billings MT, Missoula MT, Boiling Springs NC, Charlotte NC, Fort Bragg NC, Raleigh NC, Grand Island NE, Se­ward NE, East Hampstead NH, Millville NJ, Ocean City NJ, Phillipsburg NJ, Princeton NJ, Seaside Heights NJ, Taos NM, Las Vegas NV, Jamestown NY, New York NY, Rochester NY, Syracuse NY, Athens OH, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Co­lum­bus OH, Pepper Pike OH, Sylvania OH, Bend OR, Gresham OR, Salem OR, Avella PA, Hones­dale PA, Mon­roe­ville PA, Philadelphia PA, Phoenixville PA, Pittsburgh PA, Wexford PA, Worm­leysburg PA, Greenville SC, Rockhill SC, Sioux Falls SD, Collierville TN, Cunningham TN, Memphis TN, Abilene TX, Arlington TX, Austin TX, Blanco TX, Buda TX, Dallas TX, Freeport TX, Lake Jackson TX, Richmond TX, West Co­lum­bia TX, Logan, UT, Chesapeake VA, Henrico VA, Newport News VA, Hartford VT, White River Junction VT, Bonney Lake WA, Federal Way WA, Mi­lton WA, Puyallup WA, Sammamish WA, Spokane WA, Tacoma WA, Frederic WI, Green Bay WI, Ma­dison WI, Reeds­ville WI, Verona WI) Yuri Deulin, Adam Tarr, Miceu Tavares (according to igGameCenter's ranking list) Mostly played by children despite being a deep and challenging game.
Diffusion USA (Ann Arbor MI) Amanda Rodeffer Discipline of the 8th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2008).
Mangala III Czech Republic (Pardubitz), Poland (Krotoschin), Turkey (Adana, Adapazarı, Adıyaman, Afyonkarahisar, Amasya, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartin, Bolu, Burdur, Çanakkale, Çankırı, Çayeli, Dicle, Doğanhisar, Düzce, Erzincan, Erzurum, Hakkari (Şemdinli), Iğdır, İskilip, Istanbul, İskenderun, İzmir, İzmit, Kahramanmaraş, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kilimli, Kırklareli, Kırşehir, Kocasinan, Kumluca, Kurupelit (Samsun Province), Malazgirt/Manzikert, Mersin, Muğla, Nevşehir, Niğde, Rize, Samsun, Sinop, Sivas/Sebastia, Sungurbey, Trabzon, Yalova) Muratbek Nurzhanov, Aidos Seytjanov, Ainur Moldakhmetova ---
Glass Bead Game USA (Ann Arbor MI) (?) At the first U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2001).
Kauri Russia (Novouralsk) (?) First tournament with 12 participants in 2012.
Tuca Tuca USA (Ann Arbor MI) Tom Knapp, USA Discipline of the 9th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2009).
ZigZag USA (Ann Arbor MI) Dave Green, Amanda Rodeffer, Clark Rodeffer, Larry Wheeler Discipline of the 7th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2007), the 10th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2010) and the 11th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2011).
Exxit France (Paris) Axel Indygo, Yannick Nounouille First World Championship in 2007.
Mini Quincala Knocking UK (Birmingham (England)) (?) First tournament in 2010.
Pyramidis USA (Ann Arbor MI) (?) Discipline of the 6th Annual U-Con Abstract Games Tournament (2006).
Standard Quincala UK (Birmingham (England)) (?) First tournament in 2009.
Slimetrail Portugal (Braga, Coimbra, Covilhã, Évora, Lisbon, Santarém) (?) Tournaments are played by students age 7-15.
Freedom Serbia (Valjevo) Lula I., Jelena K. First tournament on June 9, 2011 with eight children.
Volcano USA (Boston MA, Poughkeepsie NY, Columbus OH) Joshua Drobina, Avri Klemer, Amy LoCurto At Origins Convention (since 2001) and NonCon.


Internet Tournaments
Game Web Sites Leading Players Notes
Oware AwaNet, Brettspielnetz.de, Jijbent.nl, Kurnik, Ludoteka, YourturnMyturn.com (?) Also called Mancala or Awale.
Songo Ewondo songo.org (?) One tournament in 2004; the web site is defunct.
Bao la Kiswahili Kibao (?) First International Online Master Championship started on May 1, 2013.
BohnDuell Brettspielwelt Philipp (?) ("racingphil"), Germany; Frank M. ("Puff"), Germany First tournament in March 2003, last one in 2007.
Diffusion Super Duper Games Scott Stubbs ("Lexicon"), USA Winner of the Diffusion Subtournament (MSG Triathlon 2006).
Exxit Boardspace.net Yannick Nounouille, France First tournament in 2007.
Kalah BrainKing, GoldToken Ljubisa Popovic, Serbia; Ottavio Vargiu, Italy Also known as "Mancala" in the USA.
Toguz Kumalak igGameCenter "Poloten4ik" (?); "nurr96" (Kazakhstan) First tournament in 2011.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tournaments
Game Tournaments Notes
Awari Netherlands (Maastricht); UK (London); USA (Albuquerque NM, Portland OR) Solved game; former discipline of the Computer Olympiad
Oware Germany (Cottbus) At Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus in 2006; organized by Prof. Dr. Peter Bachmann and Wolfgang Jeltsch, who were stressing the abapa rules
Computer Sungka UK (London) At the Department of Computer Studies (Imperial College of Science) in 2004.
Computer Kalah Germany (Bayreuth, Dresden, Marburg, Oldenburg); Israel (Haifa); Sweden (Lund); Switzerland (Neuchâtel/Neuenburg); USA (Tuscaloosa AL, Berkeley CA, Irvine CA, Grand Rapids MI, Kirksville MO, Rolla MO, Seattle WA, Oshkosh WI) Game solved for most instances (but not for 6;6)

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