Pulijudam (Tigers and Goats)

India has a game known by various names including Pulijudam, Adu Huli, Tigers and Goats, Tigers and Lambs, and the Tiger game, which is played on an unusual pyramid-shaped board shown in Figure 1. One player gets three Tigers while the other player has fifteen Goats. This game is similar to the Nepalese game Bagh Chal.

Pulijudam board
Figure 1: Pulijudam board


Rules The pieces (either Tigers or Goats) must be placed only on points at the intersections of lines.

At the beginning the Tigers are placed at three points as shown in Figure 1. The players then take turns with one Goat being placed on any open point on the board such that it is safe from a Tiger’s attack and then one of the Tigers being moved to any adjacent open point along a line. All the Goats are added one by one onto the board after which the Goats can be moved. The player may move only one Goat to an adjacent open point during his turn.

Tiger jumps
Figure 2: Tiger jumps

Tiger jump

A Tiger may eat a Goat by jumping over it to an open point just behind it as shown in Figure 2. An eaten Goat is removed from the board and cannot be added back to the board. A Tiger cannot jump over a Goat if there is no open point behind the Goat. A Tiger may only jump one Goat per turn.