Talk about confusion! Chinese Checkers rules didn't originate in China and aren't a variation of checkers.
Chinese Checkers evolved from an American game called Halma, developed in the 1800s. In 1893, a German company replaced the square Halma board with a star-shaped board, creating a game called Stern-Halma-"Star Halma" in German. In 1928, an American company introduced Stern-Halma, but renamed it to sound more exotic, and the game "Chinese Checkers" was born.
Setting Up A Chinese Checkers Board
The Chinese Checkers board features a six-sided, star-shaped playing field. Each of the six points of the star contains 10 holes. The central hexagonal area is made up of 61 holes.
Play starts by determining how many people will play-up to six players can play. Each player starts with 10 pieces (typically marbles) placed in the holes of one star point.
Chinese Checkers Rules
The object of the game is to move all 10 of your pieces from the starting triangle to the opposite ("home") triangle of the board. Players may move one piece per turn. Movement is determined by the following rules:
The game ends when one player has moved all 10 of his pieces into his home area.
Here are a few instructions for how to play Chinese Checkers to get your game ready for competition.
Of all of the games that people have played over the course of human history, there are a few that can be said to have truly stood the test of time. One of the most ancient and honorable of these is checkers, known in years past as chequers and draughts.
When you play checkers online, it helps you to build experience and learn new strategies by exposing you to players with a variety of different skill levels.