The Republic of Khakassia is south of central Russia. For many generations, the Khakas people have played the game Tobit. It’s played in a similar fashion to old Turkish and Armenian games, but the arrangement of the spaces on the board is unique. In the past, the board would have been drawn on the ground or on a piece of cloth and played with stones or sheep’s knuckle bones as pieces. Over the years, the game has been played on different sized boards and different numbers of pieces, but it has become standardized in recent years. In fact, the game’s popularity in the region has resulted in organized tournaments starting in 2002.

This game can be played by 2 players ages 6 and up. One game of Tobit takes about 10 Minutes to play.

Click Here to watch a video to learn how to play Tobit.

Click Here to learn more about the history of this game by visiting its Wikipedia Page.