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Tiger & Goats Game

Also Called “hare and Hounds Game”

The Lambs and Tigers Game locally referred as the Game of Goats and Tiger is a strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) that is played in south India. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls three tigers and the other player controls up to 15 lambs/goats. The tigers ‘hunt’ the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers’ movements.


At the start of the game all 3 tigers are placed on the apex (the point of the triangle) , and 2 inner places closest to the apex. All goats start off the board.

The pieces must be put at the intersect of the board lines and moves follow these lines.

The player controlling the goats moves first by placing a goat onto a free intersection on the board. Then it is the tigers turn. One tiger is then moved to an adjacent position along the lines that indicate the valid moves. Moves alternate between players.

A tiger captures a goat by jumping over it to an adjacent free position (as in checkers). Goats can not move until all 15 have been put on the board.

The tigers must move according to these rules:

  • They can start capturing goats any moment after the match has started.
  • They can capture only one goat at a time.
  • They can jump over a goat in any direction, but it must be to an adjacent intersection following any of the lines drawn on the board.
  • A tiger cannot jump over another tiger.

The Goats must move according to these rules:

  • They must leave the board when captured.
  • They can not jump over the tigers or other goats.
  • They can only move after all 15 goats have been put on the board.

Tigers wins if all the goats are captured. Goats’ side win if all tigers are blocked from movement.

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