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Discover your own vision with the help of the “Beş Taş” game of skill

Before you Start

First of all, find five stones which are approximately the size of pigeon eggs. Every player should prepare his or her own stones. Although small stones are difficult to pick up from the ground, the use of larger stones would complicate the players hand movements which are involved with the five stones. It would therefore be best for each player to choose the size of their stones according to the size of their hand. The game is played sitting on a flat surface.

Beginning of Game

All stones are placed into the palm of the right hand and then tossed into the air. Then the players try to catch as many stones on the back of their hands as possible. The player to catch the most stones starts first. This procedure is repeated in the case of a tie.

Course of the Game

The Five Stones Game is played in nine rounds.

Round 1 “EXTERNAL MEMORY”

Place four stones on the ground in the form of a square, while keeping 10 cm distance between each stone. Toss the fifth stone into the air with the right hand. While the fifth stone is still in the air, pick up any single stone with the right hand from the ground and catch the falling stone with the same hand. Repeat this with each stone that is on the ground. Before beginning the game, the players can agree on whether the falling stone should be caught with one or two hands after picking up a stone from the ground. Should a player touch another stone while picking up a stone during this round, the game continues and it is the next player’s turn. Should a player fail to catch the falling stone before it hits the ground, it is the next player’s turn. Should a player drop the stone while trying to catch it, it is also the next player’s turn.

Round 2 “INTERDEPENDENCE”

In this round, quickly place all five stones on the ground with both hands. Then pick up one stone from the ground and use it as the tossing stone. After tossing this stone into the air, pick up the stones from the ground in two pairs and catch the falling stone. Should a player in this round touch a stone from the remaining group while picking up either two pairs of stones, it is the next player’s turn. Should a player fail to catch the tossing stone before it falls to the ground, it is the next player’s turn. It is also the next player’s turn, if the player drops one of the stones while trying to catch the tossing stone.

Round 3 “ISOLATION”

Using both hands, quickly place all five stones on the ground. Then chose one of the five stones and dedicate it as the tossing stone. After tossing this stone into the air, pick up a single stone from the ground and then catch the falling stone. Then repeat the same procedure with the single exception that this time, pick up all three remaining stones together. Should a player during this round touch any other player’s stone from the remaining group while picking up a stone, it is the next player’s turn. Should a player fail to catch their tossing stone before it hits the ground, it is the next player’s turn. Should a player drop one of the stones that they picked up while trying to catch the tossing stone, it is also the next player’s turn.

Round 4 “DISORIENTATION”

Hold one of the stones between the right index finger and right thumb. Place the remaining four stones into the palm of the right hand. Now toss the stone which is located between the index finger and thumb into the air. While the stone is still in the air, place all the remaining stones that are in the hand together on the ground. Catch the falling stone with the right hand. Should the player fail to catch the stone, it is the next player’s turn.

Round 5 “ORIENTATION AID”

Toss the tossing stone into the air. While the stone is still in the air, simultaneously pick up all four stones from the ground and catch the falling stone. Should the player fail to pick up all four stones simultaneously or fail to catch the tossing stone, it is the next player’s turn.

Round 6 “ROMANTIC IDEAL”

Hold a stone between index finger and thumb. Toss the stone which is being held between the index finger and thumb into the air, while holding the remaining four stones in the palm of the same hand. Then, sweep the index finger of the same hand once over the ground and catch the falling stone. Should the player fail to catch the tossing stone, or if any of the four stones that are located in the palm should fall, it is the next player’s turn.

Round 7 “THE BLIND SPOT”

In this round, the left hand is used to form a bridge. This is accomplished by touching the ground with the tip of the left thumb and the left middle fingertip and where the index finger is curved across the middle finger. All stones are quickly tossed to the ground with a single hand movement. After the opponent has chosen one of the stones lying on the ground, the player chooses any stone to use as the tossing stone, with the exception of the stone that the opponent has already chosen. Now the remaining three stones have to be pushed under the bridge without touching the opponent’s selected stone. The player decides whether to push the stones under and through the bridge individually or all at once. However, the player is given only three moves for every stone. The player is given only one move to push the opponent’s chosen stone under and through the bridge. It is the next player’s turn during any round when a player: allows the tossing stone to drop to the ground; fails to push the stones under and through the bridge; touches the opponent’s selected stone with one of their own stones; or fails to push the opponent’s selected stone under and through the bridge with one move. After all stones have gone through the bridge, proceed to the next round

Round 8 “LOSS OF CONTROL”

Place all five stones into the right hand and toss them together into the air. Then, using the back of the same hand, try to catch as many stones as possible. Should the player fail to catch any stones, it is the next player’s turn. The game continues until all eleven stones are held. When this occurs, proceed to the next round.

Round 9 “THE PANOPTIC VIEW”

The opponent places the palm of their hand on the floor and spreads their fingers. Then, place four stones between the fingers. Toss the remaining stone into the air and simultaneously remove one of the stones which are located between the fingers. After that, toss the tossing stone once again into the air. While the tossing stone is still in the air, pinch the opponent on the back of their hand. Repeat this process until all stones that are located between the fingers have been removed. The player does not loose their turn if they fail to remove the stone. It is the next player’s turn only in the case where the tossing stone falls to the ground. When the player takes a turn during the game, the player continues from the point where they previously left off.