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How to Play Tiger Moves-Bagh Chal-An Ancient Game

Given the understsnding among each other while in crisis, and act with smart moves, even the meekest team can defeat any goliaths


Goat Moves- Bakhra Chaal

Bagh Chal is a Nepalese folk game. Two persons play the game using four tigers and twenty goats.

I've attempted to explain the game through a story. I hope you will enjoy the game.

Popularly known as Bagh Chal. I've changed the name: Bakhra Chal, goat moves.

Stir Up

A stirring up occurred in all over the jungle in Chitwan.

Hanuman, the monkey wanted to share an impending disaster to other animals. They had already heard the news a day ago.

So, they assembled on the bank of Narayani river that morning.

Hanuman was waiting for them. He was twelve years old and a dare devil.

Three rhinos, deer, and four elephants joined in.

The buffaloes walked placidly chewing the cud.

Chandal, the cunning jackal came lurking. Chunmun, the rabbits came hopping together.

Mungrel, the goat came along with his family and the sheep.

The donkey also came after them.

The brood of duckling came in too.

The cool tortoise was absent.


The Hanuman, began, “friends as you all know well, I jump from trees to trees all over the jungle for food.

While I was savouring mangoes across the boarder to the south, I saw four tigers majestically lumbering into our jungle.

You all know the fact that humans are encroaching the jungle in the south. So, the jungle is getting thinner every day every where.

Our brethren there have a tough time for shelter and food.

Because of humans occupying the jungle our friends from there are shifting slowly to our home.
Along with them I saw four tigers also following them.

We have the soft corner to welcome our neighbours. In no time, they will adapt here.

Sadly, our meek goats and sheep will have tough time ahead.

They can’t run like deer.”

All the animals listened to him intensely.
“What measures should we take to save our folks?”

The wise bear joined in, “Why not use the knowledge of our forefathers.”

All turned their head towards him. Let’s waste no time in panic.

My grand father had told me a story when I was a kid. My grand father, before beginning the story he said the story was told to him by his great grand father.

In fact, it is the story of the ancestors of the goats.

During their time, they had faced the same problem.

They without loosing their head, they made a plan to defeat the tigers.

They invented a game to face the tigers.

In those days, they worked it out themselves, because humans didn’t control the jungles as they do these days. Our ancestors were completely free to decide then.

These days, the humans control and protect the jungles and all animals. So, we need to seek for their permission first to carry out our plan.

Let’s tell our plan to our forest Ranger first and ask him for dead tree trunks.

The guards will cut them into 24 pieces, each having 3 ft in heights. Then they will saw the trunks into the planks of 5ft long to connect those logs for the paths to make moves in while playing the game.

After they cut them into pieces we need, the boars will dig out twenty four pits.

Then Ganesha with his nose will lift all the logs into the pitch and fix those planks on them.

Once the play ground is ready, we will invite the tigers to take part in the game.
Before starting the game, we will set conditions as follow:

If the tigers win, they will eat our brethren goats.

If they loose, they will have to accept the defeat and go back to their shelter from where they had come from.

Play Ground
• Land space: 20 square feet.

• Twenty four 3ft logs.

• Twenty four 5ft long planks

• 94 pieces of iron nails.

• A hammer.


Now let me remind you how the game is played.

• First the four tigers will take up the positions in four corners.

• All 20 goats stand outside and watch and wait for each one’s turn to get into the game.

• As the first goat gets into the game, he takes up a position one empty space away from any four tigers sitting in the four corners

• A tigers then moves forward to jump over it.

• The next goat gets in to the space behind the preceding goat. The jump for tiger is blocked.

• The tiger then moves back to his former position or remain there. Choice is his.

• The 3rd goat sets in with the sane move as the 1st and 2nd ones always one space away from the tiger alluring him to jump over. But the 4th one will join in to stop the tiger from jumping over and eat his friend before him.

• Thus all 20 goats go in one by one to protect each previous ones who had gone to hold the position to block the tigers.

As the game proceeds, sometimes a goat may sacrifice himself to trap the tigers to lock them up with no move at all. Thus the goats win the game.

If the goats begin the game without a clever move, the tiger jumps over the goat right from start.

If 3 or 4 goats are eaten, then its hard for the rest of the goats to win the game.

Then tigers will have sure chance to win the game.

So, given the clever move right from the beginning, goats are sure to lock the four tigers and win the game.

Then we can send them back to their former statuary. After that, we all animals will live in in harmony and peace.

So then, goats, get set.

Let's go to see the Forest Ranger first and start our plan in earnest."

The goats understood the game well.

In their minds, they just waited for the day to play the game to defeat those four tigers.

The Hanuman jumped in, “ Humans are clever. They have learnt from your ancestors. Some claim that this game originated in Nepal some in India.

These days, they have even made it a computer game. They in the mobile phones too.

It has become universal game. However, they don’t need any expensive tools to play it.

So, cheer up goats, get ready for the show. You just need some clever moves.

Given the intelligent thoughts and actions, in your mind even the meek are equal to the mightiest goliath.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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