Baghchal (“goats & tigers”)

A traditional game from Nepal



Tigers try to capture goats. Goats try to block tigers.

Game ends

When 5 goats are captured or when tigers cannot move

Goats placing phase

Repeat the above, until all goats were placed on the board.
During this phase goats are not allowed to move.

Goats moving phase

When all goats were placed, player G starts to move a goat on each turn. Goats can move one step along a line on the board.

Player T continues to move a tiger or jump over a goat on each turn, just as before.

Jumping rules

Strategy hints

Goats should initially be placed on safe points on the edge of the board.
Goats next to each other on the board edge protect each other.