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Baghchal (Bhagchakar, Chakrachal)DLP Game   


Period Modern

Region Eastern Asia, Southern Asia

Category Board, Hunt


Baghchal is a game popular in Nepal, observed in the twentieth century. This game was played by Buddhist monks in Nepal in 1976, with whom it was said to be particularly popular. It may also be played in India, particularly in places close to Nepal.


Played on 5x5 grid including diagonals and pieces are played on the intersections of the lines. One player has four tigers, placed on the corners, and the other has up to 20 goats, placed on the board on a free space. Tigers and goats can move to an adjacent intersection along the lines on the board. Tigers may capture goats by hopping over them. The game ends when tigers have captured all of the goats or the goats block the tigers from being able to move.

Parlett 1976: 4; Hora 1933: 8-9.

These rules were taken from the Baghchal ruleset.

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Observed rulesets
Baghchal Rules reported by Hora and Parlett.
Baghachal Capturing five goats wins.



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Murray 1951: 112.

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Averbakh, Y. 1995. "Board Games and Real Events." In A. de Voogt (ed), New Approaches to Board Games Research: Asian Origins and Future Perspectives. Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies, p. 17-23.

Hora, S. 1933. Sedentary games of India. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 29: 5–12.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Parlett, D. 1976. 'Himalayan Games.' Games and Puzzles: The New Magazine about Games of Every Kind. 52:4-6.



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