Bagh Chal is a traditional abstract game that is popular in Nepal. The name roughly translates to "Tigers Moving". It is an abstract strategy game with an asymmetric setup, i.e. a different number of pieces per side (like Hnefatafl and its ilk). One opponent plays four tiger pieces and the other plays twenty goats.
The board bears a passing resemblance to a Chinese Chess board in that the pieces move along lines from intersection to intersection. However, the gameplay is more similar to Alquerque, Checkers or Draughts. At the start of the game, there are four tigers on the board while there are no goats. The goat player places his/her pieces on the board one by one wherever they choose, with the tiger player getting a move between each placing. Once all the goats are on the board, the two players take turns moving one of their pieces one space. A tiger can alternatively capture a single goat by jumping over it in a line to an empty space. The tigers win if they can capture five goats. The goal for the goats (who cannot make captures) is to hem the tigers in, giving them no opportunity to move or jump.
It is one variant from a family of similar Asian games played with varying numbers of tigers/leopards/goats/cows/etc and varying board topologies.
See also Cows and Leopards and Fox and Geese.
Games played on exactly the same board layout (same lines connecting the intersections and same size) include the traditional Spanish Alquerque and Fanoron-Dimy, the smaller variant of Fanorona from Madagascar. See the according image galleries of these games.
Rules text matching the design of the Bagh Chal from ImaginAsia Family Program, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Slight modification done by myself is adding the winning condition for the tigers.
PDF used to be freely available at Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution. The creator of this version is Stephen Eckerd, Coordinator of the ImaginAsia Family Program at si.edu . Uncolored version available in the files section as well. My alternative coloring I did myself available in the gallery section in high resolution, too.
PDF used to be freely available at Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution. Being part of an Asian games workshop participants got this file to color it and creatively modify this version. The PDF can be shared on a fair use non commercial base. Author credits should remain intact! The creator of this uncolored version is Stephen Eckerd, Coordinator of the ImaginAsia Family Program at si.edu . Thank you very much for drawing and publishing this as a template to others! Have fun...