According to Polish legend, Batu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, carried this game with him during his military campaigns. They say he would play this game with his generals to sharpen their wits in preparation for battle. After Genghis Khan’s death in 1227, Batu Khan expanded the empire through Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, and into eastern Europe. The peoples of present-day Poland were thus exposed to the game Jarmo, and a variant called Jasir which is found throughout eastern Europe. Jasir means “archer” in Tartar (the language of the Mongol conquerors) and the pieces referred to as archers. The game has developed a deceptive balance and a unique scoring system.
This game can be played by 2 players ages 6 and up. One game of Jarmo takes about 10 Minutes to play.