The Reader mixes in quotations of poetry that do not correspond with the picking cards, but are perhaps similar, to make the game more difficult and increase the chances of mistakes!
Fewer picking cards (e.g. half the number) are placed on the table. The Reader reads from a greater number of reading cards (e.g. all of them). This also increases the chance of mistakes.
The third time a player touches an incorrect playing card he is disqualified from continuing the game.
Rules for Competition in Tournaments – Kyogi Karuta
When the game is played at home or in school the rules of the game as presented previously suffice. But when official tournaments in Kyogi Karuta(competitive karuta), are played in Japan, more detailed rules apply.
For example there is a rule about Otetsuki (foul):
In Kyogi, you are allowed to use only one
hand throughout the whole game. You must decide which hand to use before the
game starts. There is a penalty if you touch a card with the wrong hand.
You can also touch the wrong card – given that the wrong card is lying on the right side of the playing area where the correct card is lying (!). There are also rules about exact measurements for how the playing cards are placed, how the players sit and bow etc.
Complete handbook on Kyogi Karuta- intellectual martial arts
PDF-document: handbook download (1,3 mb) (Eng)
Rules about Kyogi Karuta
Competitive Karuta (En)
Chelsea Bernard's post about Karuta
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60th Karuta Meijin (Master) Match 2014
Youtube: 60 minutes - Kyogi Karuta (Jp)(En)