BaghChal or Tigers and Goats is a fascinating board game that was originated in Nepal. With 4 tigers and 20 goats, the aim of the game is to control the board. Either the tigers capture the goats, or the goats encircle the tigers leaving them with no legal move. If 5 or 6 goats are captured, it is considered that the tigers have won the game.
At the start of the game, all four tigers are placed on the four corners of the grid, facing the center. No goats are placed on the board during the initial setup.
The player controlling the goats moves first, by placing a goat onto a free intersection on the board. Tigers may move along the lines from one intersection to another. Once all of the goats have been placed on the board, goats must move in the same fashion as the tigers, one intersection to another. Moves alternate between players.
Tigers capture goats by jumping over them to an adjacent free position (as in checkers, although capturing is not obligatory in Bagh-Chal).
Rules for Tigers:
Rules for Goats:
Sometimes the game can fall into a repetitive cycle of positions. Goats especially may use this resort to defend themselves against being captured. To avoid this situation, an additional rule has been established:
50 X 50 (in cm)
Height: 8 cm