Chinese Checkers (or Chinese Chequers) was invented in the 1920s in America and has nothing to do with China. Each turn, a piece is moved to the adjacent square or, if possible, a piece can be moved by hopping over an adjacent piece into the hole the other side from where it can hop over another adjacent piece if such exists and so on. The game starts to get interesting when there are lots of pieces in the centre as a turn then will usually consist of a single piece making multiple hops over several pieces and moving some distance.
Bill Pressman was the sales manager at that time and describes the acquisition of the game-which at that time must have still been called HALMA-as strange and ‘flukey’”; he said that the game was acquired in the most haphazard way imaginable.” They were involved in litigation, and people were fired from major chains.” These mysterious comments were all he would reveal until he finished writing a book he was working on, but, unfortunately, he died in 2011 and the complete story is still unknown.
Be the first to shift all of your glass marbles to the triangle opposite yours on the wooden game board for the win! 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. Deluxe style classic game sets at retro discounts from Pavilion Games exclusively from Toys’R’Us! Chinese Checkers is a game on a hexagonal formation (six edges) with a six-pointed star. All Pavilion strategy games and game sets come complete with instructions for classic play and variation play as well. Curiously, Chinese Checkers is not really a variant of checkers, and it did not originate in China.
Masters Traditional Games sells some nice versions of Chinese Checkers It also sells a completely unique beautiful wooden Halma board. In keeping with the international history of Halma and Chinese Checkers, the application for the patent was filed by a citizen of Czechoslovakia, Europe, residing in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri.” No name – neither Halma nor Chinese Checkers – was attributed to the game.
BEST ANSWER: I don’t know what your pegs look like but the game is fun to play because of how the marbles feel. Chinese Checkers Game Boards are completely handmade and make a wonderful addition to your Early American, Primitive, Rustic, Country Home, or Game Room. Worked very well and easier for the kids to take game off without damaging the wall. In 1892, a German company, Ravensburger, introduced a star-shaped gameboard, allowing up to six players to participate, and making the game more balanced for three players than the original Halma was. Chinese Checkers became popular from the very late 1920s through the 1940s, though this classic game is still made today.
Great hub and I only wish my Dad were still here to create it. Chinese checkers were one of his favorite pass times. J Pressman is believed to be the person who introduced the game to the USA during 1928 although several other manufacturers started to make it thereafter including Milton Bradley whom, an unconfirmed report has it, patented the game in 1941. If you send a good picture to games (at) thebiggamehunter (dot) com, I will post it and credit you.