"tsoro, a traditional Shona game that was a cross between drafts and mahjong"

Tsoro is played by two people. Each player has two rows of holes. Different versions of the game have different numbers of holes in each row: some have four holes, some six, some nine. To begin, every hole contains the same number of pebbles, usually three.

                                     

The first player collects all the pebbles from one of his holes, and drops one in each of the following holes going clockwise or anticlockwise (this direction is maintained throughout the game). If the last pebble falls into a non-empty hole in the outer row, the player collects all the pebbles in that hole and redistributes them to the following holes. If the last pebble falls into a hole in the inner row, the player 'captures' all the pebbles in his opponent's two holes in the same column as his hole, and distributes them as before. A player's turn ends when the last pebble being distributed lands either in an empty hole in the outer row or in a hole in the inner row which is in the same column with an empty hole in the opponent's inner row.

Based on an article by Mr Thomas Masiwa, a teacher at Rufaro Secondary School in Mwenezi, Masvingo Region.

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