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How to Play Seega

Seega is a small abstract game from 19th century Egypt. It has some similarities with the tafl family of games with its sandwiching capture method. It is played on a 5x5 grid with 24 pieces (12 per player).

Step 1: Setup the Board


Each player gets 12 pieces and take turns placing 2 pieces on the board, leaving the middle square empty.

Step 2: Learn the Rules

  • The last player to place a piece starts.
  • A piece can move horizontally or vertically to an adjacent square (like a rook that can only move 1 space at a time).
  • Pieces are allowed on the center square.
  • If a player is unable to move, the other player takes an extra turn to create an opening.
  • A piece is captured when a player is able to sandwich an opponent’s piece horizontally or vertically.
  • Capturing more than one piece with 1 move is possible.
  • Moving in between two enemy pieces is permitted.
  • The center square is a safe place and a piece on it can’t be captured.

The first player to capture all the opponent pieces wins.