Tigers & Goats

Bagh-Chal (meaning ”Moving Tigers”) is a two-player board game from Nepal.

  • One player controls four tigers and the other player controls up to twenty goats. (That’s different to most games we play where you have the same number of pieces)
  • The tigers ‘hunt’ the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers’ movements.
  • The game is played on a five by five point grid.
  • Pieces are positioned at the intersection of the lines and not inside the areas delimited by them.
  • Directions of valid movement between these points are connected by lines.
  • The game play takes place in two phases.
  • In the first phase the goats are placed on the board while the tigers are moved.
  • In the second phase both the goats and the tigers are moved.
  • For the tigers, the objective is to “capture” five goats to win.
  • Capturing is performed as in draughts, by jumping over the goats.
  • The goats win by blocking all the tigers’ legal moves.

Rules

Start

Starting position

At the start of the game all the four tigers are placed on the four corners of the grid, facing the center. All goats start off the board.

The pieces must be put at the intersections of the board lines and moves follow these lines.

I’ve taken some photos for you of my board and example of the first few moves.

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Goat's first move

The player controlling the goats moves first by placing a goat onto a free intersection on the board.

Then it is the tigers’ turn. One tiger is moved to an adjacent position along the lines that indicate the valid moves. Moves alternate between players.

Tigers capture goats by jumping over them to an adjacent free position (as in checkers). Goats cannot move until all 20 have been put on the board.

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Tiger's first move

The tigers must move according to these rules:

  • They can start capturing goats any moment after the match has started.
  • They can capture only one goat at a time.
  • They can jump over a goat in any direction, but it must be to an adjacent intersection following any of the lines drawn on the board.
  • A tiger cannot jump over another tiger.
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Goat's second move

The goats must move according to these rules:

  • They must leave the board when captured.
  • They can not jump over the tigers or other goats.
  • They can only move after all 20 have been put on the board.
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Tiger's second move

The tigers win once they have captured five goats. Goats try to avoid being captured (jumped over) and they win by blocking the tigers’ moves till they are unable to move.

Sometimes the game can fall into a repetitive cycle of positions; especially goats may use this resort to defend themselves from being captured. In order to avoid this kind of situation, an additional rule has been established: when all the goats have been placed, it is not allowed to perform any move that causes any situation of the pieces that has been already repeated during the same game.

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Goat's third move

Goat places himself on the board as far from the tigers as he can get. Tiger has to get closer to eat the goat.

Goat sees Tiger coming and places a friend on his other side so Tiger can’t jump them. The other Tiger moves up to surround the Goats.