Toguz kumalak/Toguz korgool, is a two-player game. We use a board that has two rows of nine cups/holes, and nine seeds in each cup at the beginning. (Toguz = nine, kumalak/korgool = seed, ball.) We will show the basics of this game on its smaller variant with five cups on each side and five seeds in each cup.

Here is the small board with the initial position. You can see two rows with five cups, five seeds in each cup, and in the middle treasury cups.

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 |

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

**You are sitting at the bottom side of board**, so the lower side of the cups is yours. And it is your turn to play.

For better understanding we show what will happen using position with only one full cup to sow. So we sow the cup B3.

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 |

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 |

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

What happened here? We chose the cup B3, we left one seed in it, and we put one seed into each cup while going around the board in anticlockwise direction. So the first seed went into cup B3, the second to B4, third to B5, fourth to T1 and fifth to T2.

Control question: If we sow the cup B2, how will the position look like after sowing? Will it look like as at the picture A or B?

Initial position | A | B | ||||||||||||||

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 | T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 | T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 | ||

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 | B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 | B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

Correct answer is B.

At the picture A the bottom player did not sow the seeds according to the rules, he skipped some cups and he put more than one seed into some cups. All this is forbiden.

At the picture B the bottom player sow correctly, one cup after another, just one seed in each, and did not skip any cup.

Once more from the initial position: We sow the cup B3. We will go around the board and we put one seed into each cup.

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 |

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

T5 | T4 | T3 | T2 | T1 |

B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 |

After sowing the position will look like on the picture.