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Chinese Checkers (video game)

By Gamer, Retro

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Book Id: WPLBN0003466822
Format Type: SWF (Interactive Media)
File Size: 142.02 KB.
Reproduction Date: 9/1/1980

Title: Chinese Checkers (video game)  
Author: Gamer, Retro
Volume:
Language: English
Subject: Video games, Education, Games of strategy
Collections: Interactive Media, Education
Historic
Publication Date:
1980
Publisher: GameRoom
Member Page: Retro Gamer

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Gamer, R. (1980). Chinese Checkers (video game). Retrieved from http://www.gutenberg.us/


Description
Chinese checkers is a strategy board game which can be played by two, three, four, or six people, playing individually or with partners. The game is a modern and simplified variation of the game Halma. The objective is to be first to race one's pieces across the hexagram-shaped gameboard into "home"—the corner of the star opposite one's starting corner—using single-step moves or moves which jump over other pieces. The others continue playing to establish 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and last place finishers. Like other skill-based games, Chinese checkers involves strategy. The rules are simple, so even young children can play.

Summary
Despite its name, the game is not a variation of checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia (on the other hand, the game known as "Chinese chess", or xiangqi, is from China). The game was invented in Germany in 1892 under the name "Stern-Halma" as a variation of the older American game Halma.[6] The "Stern" (German for star) refers to the board's star shape (in contrast to the square board used in Halma). The name "Chinese Checkers" originated in the United States as a marketing scheme by Bill and Jack Pressman in 1928. The Pressman company's game was originally called "Hop Ching Checkers". The game was introduced to Chinese-speaking regions mostly by the Japanese.

 
 



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