Toguz Kumalak ("nine pebbles") is the Kazakh name of a Mancala game also known as Toguz Korgool ("nine dung balls") in Kyrgyz.
Toguz Kumalak is played on a special board having two rows of 9 small pits and two big pits called Kazans. The player's side is the bottom row of the small pits and the player's kazan is the top one (close to the opponent's side).
At the beginning of the game 9 seeds are placed in each small pit.
A player wins a game if he accumulates more seeds in his own kazan than the opponent.
If both players have accumulated the same number of seeds, the game ends by a draw.
Players take turns sowing their seeds. The sowing is performed in the following way:
Below is an example of sowing:
A player takes nine seeds from his pit "g" and sows them counter-clockwise.
The last sown seed lands in a pit on the opponent's side and brings
- If the player has created one tuzdik already.
It is permitted to make such a move, but it wouldn't create a tuzdik. All the seeds that fall into a tuzdik during sowing are captured by the tuzdik's owner and are moved to his kazan.
A player takes eleven seeds from his pit "e" and sows them counter-clockwise.