Dakon as it is described by Murray (1952), Deledicq & Popova (1977) and Russ (2000) is known as Sungka in the Philippines, and as Conka/Congka/Congkak in Indonesia where it is also known as Dakon. The game was recently described for the Maldives (de Voogt 1999) where it is known as Ohvalhu.
The winning opening was found by hand in the Maldives. A number of Maldivian women are familiar with this opening and learned the sequence by heart. There are no tournaments of the game in the Maldives and the game is mostly played in-house by women and children and sometimes men. During Ramadhan it is a popular pastime and not infrequently women and men play together.
This research on Dakon is conducted in close coorporation with Dr. A.J. de Voogt.