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Temeen Tavag (Dörvön Bux)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Asia, Northern Asia

Category Board, Space, Blocking


Temeen Tavag ("Camel hoof") is a blockade game played in Mongolia. It can also be played on a square board, when it is known as Dörvön Bux (the four bulls).


An X, with a rounded line connecting the four endpoints of the X, but leaving two unconnected. A circle is drawn between these two unconnected endpoints. Two pieces per player. Players alternate turns placing one of their pieces on an empty point on the board. When all of the pieces are placed, players alternate turns moving one of the pieces to an empty adjacent point on the board, moving along the lines. The player who blocks their opponent from being able to move wins.

Popova 1974: 16-18.

These rules were taken from the Temeen Tavag ruleset.

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Observed rulesets
Temeen Tavag Played on a rounded board.
Dörvön Bux Played on a square board.



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Kabzińska-Stawarz, I. 1991. Games of Mongolian Shepherds. Warsaw: Polish Academy of Sciences.

Popova, A. 1974. "Analyse formelle et classification des jeux de calculs mongole." Études mongoles 5: 1974: 7-60.

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