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Also known as Chinese Chequers. An excellent family game of tactics and observation. Originally from the U.S.A. not China as most people assume, it is played by 2 to 6 players.

Popularity
Derived from Halma a Victorian board game, it was introduced in the United States as Chinese checkers, which is where it is believed to have gained its name from the star on the Chinese flag. Chinese checkers came into full popularity in 1930s

Age
Suitable for all persons aged from about 6 years upwards

Ability
A game which can be enjoyed by people of all abilities from young children to adults. Chinese Chequers is very easy to learn and from two to six people can play. Additionally a partnership game is also possible.

Description
The main object of the game is to place one's pieces in the corner opposite their starting position. This is achieved by moving them through jumps over other pieces. Two different variations can be played on the game. The first is called hop across - moving all pieces from one side of the board to another. The other is called capture - where pieces are captured by jumping over and the player with the most captured pieces at the end of the game is the winner.

Closely Related Activities
draughts 70, halma,

Cost
Cost of a cheap plastic chequers board from about £5 upwards. Much more for a hand-made wooden board.

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