Chinese checkers is probably one game everyone has heard of, if not played. Contrary to popular belief, Chinese checkers is not related to the game of checkers at all. These two games are quite different from each other. While Chinese checkers allows two to six players to play in one single game, checkers only allows two at a time. Another misconception about this game is that it originated from China. This misconception is obvious because of its name, but the truth is that this game traces its origin to Germany.
Chinese checkers was actually derived from a game called “Stern Halma”, which was a variation of the American game called Halma, in which players used to compete to get their pieces into their opponent's area. Halma is played on a square board, unlike Chinese checkers which is played on a hexagonal board. The game of Stern Halma was invented in the year 1893 and it subsequently reached United States of America where it was given the name of Chinese checkers. The sole motive behind this name was to make the game sound more mysterious and exotic.
The Basics of Chinese Checkers
The basics of the game are that the board of the Chinese checkers is a hexagonal star, each player sets 10 pieces of checkers in one corner of the star. All these pieces should be in the same colour but different from the colour of their opponents' checkers. The goal is to move all of your ten checkers to your goal area before any of your opponents do.
Chinese checkers may seem a little confusing for first time players, but once you get used to it and master all the rules and tricks, it will soon become one of the most exciting games you have ever played. This game not only provides an opportunity to have fun with a group of friends but it is also an amazing brainteaser. Just like almost every other popular board game, Chinese checkers is also available on the internet and the online version is as popular as its real version. So just read up on the rules, think up a strategy then round up a few friends and start playing Chinese checkers.