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  • Object:

    Board game

  • Place of origin:

    england (published)

  • Date:

    1950s t (published)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Good Time Gallery, case 10

Physical description

Design: chromolithograph on card
No. of squares: 93?
Squares illustrated: n/a
Square numbering: none
Squares titled: none
Subject of starting square: n/a
Subject of ending square: N/A

Place of Origin

england (published)


1950s t (published)

Object history note

The markers remain on the board and the winner is the player who not only reaches his corner first but gets all the markers into that corner. It may be played with one to six players or pairs
It is a variation on Halma.

Historical context note

Rewards: gaining the opposite corner for all 10 markers
blocks one's opponent
Forfeits: being blocked
No. of Players: 6
Equipment required: six sets of coloured pegs, red, green silver, orange, yellow turquoise

Chinese checkers may have been introduced to Europe from China and it is played there today, however, it is just as possible that it was brought infrom Europe via Japan.

The basic shape is a six pointed star, often with the corners coloured to match the playing pieces.

Rectangular box with the lid having an illustration of two chinamen playing the game and a dragon breathing fire. Board is brown and fits into the base with the star marked out in colours. There are 6 matching set of 6 coloured pegs.
If there are two players, each takes 15 pieces or pegs , marbles etc and places them in the holes of the corner matching the colour. Two players take opposite home bases.

If there are three or more players, each player takes ten pieces of one colour and places in the appropriate coloured corner. with each facing an empty corner. Four or more players play in opposite corners.

The aim of the game is for one player to be the first to transfer all his pieces to the opposite cormer; order of play is usually clockwise.
Each player takes a turn, in which he may move a piece into an adjoining empty hole, or jump over a single peg of any colour, to an empty hole beyond. If he is able to jump one or more further pegs, he may do so. Pieces may jump along the lines in any direction. Only one piece may be moved in one turn, but it may be taken as far as the jumping possibilities allow.
A popular strategy is to place some pieces so that they form a ladder along which the others can jump towards the goal; such a ladder may be equally useful, however, to an opponent who is moving his pieces in the opposite direction.

Rules placement: inside the lid, the other games available in the series

Descriptive line

Board game 'Chinese Checkers', in colourful rectangular box, English, 1950-59


Type: strategy
Subject: halma


Museum of Childhood

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