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Yih or Luk tsut k'i (Chinese name) or Three Men's Morris (English name)

This is an early form of Noughts and Crosses. A board cut for this game that was made in 1400 BC has been found at an ancient temple in Kurna (in Egypt); the Greeks played it around 40 BC; the Chinese played it around 500 BC; it was a popular game in England in the 14 th Century.

For two players: each player has 3 counters.
To start: players take it in turns to place their counters on vacant circles on the board.


  1. The players take it in turns to move one of their counters.
  2. They may move any of their own counters one step along one of the lines to a vacant circle.
  3. The winner is the first person to get ALL of their counters in a straight line.