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A game in progress. White has one available jump if it is not Black's turn to move.
Genre(s) Board game
Abstract strategy game
Players 2
Setup time Negligible
Playing time 10 minutes
Random chance None
Skill(s) required Strategy, tactics

Yoté is a traditional strategy board game of West Africa, where it is a popular gambling game due to its fast pace and surprising turnarounds. A player wins by capturing all opposing pieces. Yoté is related to the game Choko.


The game is played on a 5×6 board, which is empty at the beginning of the game. Each player has twelve pieces in hand. Players alternate turns, with White moving first. In a move, a player may either:

  • Place a piece in hand on any empty cell of the board.
  • Move one of their pieces already on the board to an adjacent orthogonal cell.
  • Capture an opponent's piece if it is orthogonally adjacent to a player's piece, by jumping to the empty cell immediately beyond it. The captured piece is removed from the board, and the capturing player removes another of the opponent's pieces on the board of his choosing.

The player who captures all the opponent's pieces is the winner. The game can end in a draw if both players are left with three or fewer pieces.

Supplemental rules[edit]

The following additional rules are often employed for completeness:

  • Captures are never mandatory.
  • Multiple successive jumps by a piece in a single turn are permitted. After multiple jumps, the player chooses and removes from the board one piece of the opponent for each piece jumped.
  • If both players are left with three or fewer pieces, the game immediately ends in a draw.
  • If a player to move has no move available, the game ends and the player with more remaining pieces is the winner.


A wooden yoté board with glass pieces

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