Strategic thinking makes Chinese Checkers a lively and daunting game. As the rules are fairly simple, families with young kids find it fun to play for long periods. The stunning Jaques version has lovely glossy coloured pegs and a six-pointed, star design on the attractive, handcrafted solid wood playing board. All this makes Chinese Checkers tops amongst the broad Jaques of London indoor games collection.
Curiously, Chinese Checkers is not really a variant of checkers, and it did not originate in China. First seen as a square checkered board game called “Halma” in the United States, the game evolved into star-shaped “Stern-Halma” (“stern” means “star”) in Germany in 1892. A later American version took the name of “Chinese Checkers,” but the Japanese actually introduced it to Chinese speaking areas.
As board games go, its history shows how popular and widespread Chinese Checkers is today. Each of the 2, 3, 4 or 6 players has 10 marbles or pegs. The goal, to occupy the opposite star point, can be achieved by several players. Pegs move just one hole at a time, unless jumping another player’s, in which case moves can continue on.
Kids jump into playing Jaques Chinese Checkers, and adults are drawn to it at parties, too. Lovingly wrapped, and making a super gift, Chinese Checkers is hopping great fun! Get a game today!