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Pagchen: Rules and Basic Strategies

by Igor Berkhin

Book - 8.00€

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Pagchen is an ancient, highly sophisticated Tibetan game that has existed for thousands of years and dates back to a powerful tribe called Masang. This book contains the rules of the game, illustrated with drawings, and includes a chart in color that is a useful aid for beginners. It also contains a clear introduction to the basic strategies of Pagchen written on the basis of indications given by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in the course of many years while playing this game with his students.

    Rules and Basic Strategies PART 1 Game Rules
  • Introduction 11
  • 1. The Game Set 13
  • 2. The Game Process 13
  • 2.1. The Structure and the Aim of the Game 13
  • 2.2. Starting the Game 13
  • 2.3. The Hierarchy of Stones and Combinations 16
  • 2.3.1. Sky Family 17
  • 2.3.2. Earth Family 19
  • 2.3.3. Special Combinations 20
  • 2.3.4. Point 22
  • 2.4. Move Order 25
  • 2.5. Passport Rule 26
  • 2.6. Jump 27
  • 2.7. The Rule of the Four Chiefs of Sky 27
  • 2.8. The Rule of Sixteen Tricks 27
  • 2.9. Re-dealing 27
  • 2.10. Gobag, the End of the Game 28
  • 2.11. Passing the move 28
  • 3. Calculations and Payments 29
  • 3.1. Point Move 29
  • 3.2. Regular Calculations 29
  • 3.3. Calculations in the Case of a Jump 29
  • 3.4. Final Calculations 30
  • 4. Controlling Fortune 31
  • 4.1. Deciding One’s Move with Dice 31
  • 4.2. Mother Looking for Son 31
  • 4.3. Stones Exchange 31
  • 4.4. Seat Exchange 32
  • 5. Omens 32
  • PART 2 Basic Strategies
  • 1. An Appropriate Attitude 35
  • 2. Possible Tasks in a Round 36
  • 3. Rules of Thumb 38
  • 4. Strategies for a Pair of Chiefs of Sky 39
  • 5. Opponent Strategies 41
  • 6. Playing Against Four Chiefs of Sky 42
  • 7. Some Probabilities 43
  • 8. Some Advice on Learning Pagchen 45
  • 9. Pagchen Alchemy 46

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