The thoughtful smile on the face of the Sphinx in Egypt could well be the sign of contemplating the next move in a game of Alquerque. This game, played on the game board shown below, dates back over three thousand years and is very similar to draughts.

Two players each have 12 pieces which are placed on the board leaving the centre position free. Moves are allowed along any line to a vacant position. Pieces are captured by being jumped over - more than one capture being possible in a move.


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You could construct your own large size board and pyramid shaped playing pieces.

Reference: "Board games Around The World" Robbie Bell and Michael Cornelius. Cambridge University Press 1988 ISBN 0 521 35924 4

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