Tsoro Yematatu

Tsoro Yematatu is a two-player that comes from Zimbabwe. Players first drop their three pieces onto the board, and then move those pieces to create a 3 in-a-row which wins the game. What makes this game more fun than traditional Tic-Tac-Toe is that pieces can jump over each other (without capture) which adds an extra dimension in the maneuverability of the pieces.

Game play and Rules:

  1. The board is empty in the beginning. Players decide what color pieces to play, and who starts first.
  2. Each player drops one piece per turn on any vacant point on the board. Players alternate their turns. Pieces cannot be moved until all six pieces have been dropped. Observe that after all pieces have been dropped, there is only one vacant point on the board.
  3. A piece can be moved one of two ways: a) A piece can move one space per turn onto a vacant point following the pattern on the board, or b) a piece can jump over another piece (friend or foe) adjacent to it, and land on a vacant point on the other side; the jump must be in a straight line and follow the pattern on the board. There are no captures in this game.
  4. The game can last a very long time, and if no one is still able to create the 3 in-a-row, the players can agree to a draw.

Have fun playing the game!

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