What game is this?

Ignoring the onlookers, both children and Western tourists, the two competitors consider their next moves.

Ignoring the onlookers, both children and Western tourists, the two competitors consider their next moves.

While visiting Thailand in 2006, I photographed some men engaged in what looks like a version of checkers, though the playing style seems different. Perhaps someone can help answer the question as to what this game is.

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