Setup Game: Each player places one big stone or ten small stones in the Man square as well as five small stones in each of the rice field squares.
Object The game ends when all the pieces are captured. If both Man pieces are captured, the remaining user pieces belong to the player controlling the side that these pieces are on. There is a Vietnamese saying to express this situation : (literally: “Man is gone, citizen dismisses, take back the army”)
Whichever player has more pieces is the winner (a Man piece is equal to ten or five user pieces).
Scattering Players play rock paper scissors to determine the first player.
The first player takes up all the pieces of any rice field square on his/her side of the board and distributes (Vietnamese: rải: literally: scatter) one piece per square, starting at the next square in either direction. When all pieces are distributed, the player repeats by taking up the pieces of the following square and distributing them.
If his/her side of the board is empty, he/she must use five previously-won pieces to place one piece in each square on his/her side before repeating the distribution. (If he/she do not possess any pieces, he/she must borrow a piece from the other player and return it when counting the points at the end of the game.)
Capturing When the next square to be distributed is empty, the player wins all the pieces in the square after that. A square that contains a lot of pieces is the rich square (literally: rich square).
When the next square is an empty Man square, or the next two squares are empty, it becomes the other player’s turn.
Osay choi game hay no lien tay TX, sieu hu, man, fan, trum, no hu.
In some game variations, the Man square can contain little user pieces called quan non (literally: quan: Man, non: young/unripen) which may not be captured.