|Bohnenspiel is a traditional German game for two players that belongs to the Mancala family of games. It originated in Persia and was once popular among Baltic Germans in what has become Estonia today. A similar game is still played in Turkey, where it is known as Mangala.
Bohnenspiel ("Bean Game") is played on a special board having two rows of 6 small pits and two big pits called storehouses. The player's side is the bottom row of the small pits and the player's storehouse is on the right side.
At the beginning of the game 6 seeds (usually beans) are placed in each small pit.
A player wins the game if he accumulates more seeds in his own storehouse than the opponent.
Players take turns sowing their seeds. Sowing is performed the following way:
Below is an example of sowing:
A player takes seven seeds from his pit
A player takes three seeds from his pit and sows them