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|Kauri (German for: "cowrie"; pronounced like the English word) is a two-player game that belongs to the Mancala family of games. This game was invented by Ralf Gering in 2006.|
Kauri is played on a special board having two rows of 6 small pits and two big pits called Storehouses. A player's side is the bottom row of small pits and the player's storehouse is on the right side.
At the beginning of the game 5 seeds and 1 cowrie are placed in each small pit.
A player wins the game if he accumulates more seeds in his own storehouse than his opponent.
If both players have accumulated the same number of seeds, the game continues until one player can't move. His opponent is then declared the winner of the game. Draws are therefore not possible.
Players take turns sowing their seeds and cowries. Sowing is performed in the following way
Below is an example of a sowing:
A player takes five seeds and two cowries
A player takes seven seeds and one cowrie
A player takes five seeds and one cowrie
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