TAWLE VA­RI­ETIES

Lebanon Traveler - - CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS -

A few dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the game ex­ist in Le­banon and the Mid­dle East; the most com­mon form and eas­i­est to learn is Sheish Beish. There’s also Wahdeh Tle­tine where a player is not al­lowed to put their check­ers on the same squares as their op­po­nents, stretch­ing out the length of the game. A third vari­a­tion is Mah­booseh where when a checker is hit the player places their own checker on top of it and so im­pris­ons it.

The Turk­ish in­flu­ence of the game can still be heard in the pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the num­bers rolled on the dice by Le­banese play­ers still us­ing the ex­pres­sions for the game: yek (one), dü (two), se (three), ce­har (four), penc (five) and ses (six).

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