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Chinese Checkers Game

~ Contrary to Chinese belief ~

Chinese Checkers game, which dates back ca 1880, is NOT a ‘checkers’variant. Although this game is popular in Chinese-speaking regions, it does not actually originate from China or for that matter, anywhere in Asia. Nor is Chinese checkers game a variation on Xiangqi, which is also known as "Chinese chess". The actual Chinese game was invented in Germany in 1893 under the name Stern-Halma, as a variation on the older game of Halma. "Stern" refers to the fact that the board is star shaped rather than square as in the game of Halma. The name of Chinese Checkers originated in the U.S. to make the game sound more exotic and unique and ironically was mostly introduced to Chinese speaking regions by the Japanese.

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The chinese checkers game board is laid out in a six pointed star. The game pieces are usually six sets of colored marbles or pegs, ten of each color. The ten marbles or pegs are arranged as a triangle in the starting position in one of the corners of the star. This checker game can be played by two, three, four or six players. All marbles or pegs and triangles are used in a six player game, whereas when four players play, the checkers game starts in two pairs of opposing triangles.

A two player chinese checkers game should also be played from opposing triangles, while in a three player game, the pegs should start in three triangles equidistant from each other. The objective of the game is to be the first to player to move all ten marbles or pegs across the board and into the opposite triangle. Before the game begins, each player chooses a color and the ten corresponding marbles or pegs are placed in the appropriately colored triangle. A toss of a coin decides who starts. Each player then takes turns moving a single marble or peg of his/her color. In one turn, a marble or peg may either be moved into an adjacent hole or it may make one or more jumps over other marbles or pegs. Where a jumping move is made, each jump must be over an adjacent marble or peg into an unoccupied hole directly beyond it. Each jump may be over any colored marble or peg including the player's and can proceed in any one of the six directions. After each jump, the player may either finish or continue the jumping sequence over another marble or peg.

On rare occasions, a player will be able to move a marble or peg all the way across the board from the starting triangle into the opposite triangle in one turn! Marbles or pegs are never removed from the game board. It is permitted to move a marble or peg into any hole on the board including holes in triangles belonging to other players, even triangles not presently in use. However, once a marble or peg has reached the opposite triangle, it may not be moved out of the triangle, though it may be moved within the triangle. The first player to occupy all ten destination holes is the winner. It should be understood that no chinese checkers game player may deliberately leave a marble or peg in his/her own triangle with the sole purpose of blocking the opponent’s marble or peg so that the hole is occupied and thereby preventing the other player from winning.


Invented Checkers Games

Extreme Checkers Chebache Checkers Alien Checkers Four Handed Checkers Elecrronic Checkers
Elephant Checkers Parachute Checkers Ringboard Checkers Shifty Checkers Modern Checkers
Rubiks Checkers Kinger and Dragons Checkers Enchanted Checkers Space Checkers Nascar Checkers
Hoppin Checkers Cohort Checkers Checker SaurusRex Fascination Checkers Animated Checkers
Cheskers Checkers Hawaiian Checkers Battle Checkers Stadium Checkers Disney Checkers
Giveaway Checkers Bounce Checkers Chinese Checkers Garden Checkers King Kong Checkers
Space 2006 Checkers Quick Checkers Yesteryer Checkers Lego Checkers Insect Checkers
Cube Checkers Checkers 2000 Saving Private Checkers Justice League Checkers Elvish Checkers
Doubles Checkers Hoppin 2 Checkers Safari Dino Checkers Tri Checkers Tournament Stadium Checkers
Caribbean Checkers Turntable Checkers Word Checkers Checkers 4

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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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