Difficulty Level: 2 (Intermediate)
Dimensions: 25.5 x 25.5 x 2.5 cm
Play the classic strategy game with a portable personality - perfect for picnics. Up to six players take turns moving a man one space, or jumping any adjacent piece. The first player to move all of their pieces to the opposite triangle wins. Take fun with you anywhere!
Chinese Checkers can be played by two, three, four or six players. Obviously, for the six player game, all pegs and triangles are used. If there are four players, play starts in two pairs of opposing triangles and a two player game should also be played from opposing triangles. In a three player game the pegs will start in three triangles equidistant from each other.
Each player chooses a colour and the 10 pegs of that colour are placed in the appropriately coloured triangle.
Many rules state that any unused triangles must be left populated with their unused pegs so that they cannot be used during the game. We suggest that the game is slightly more interesting if unused triangles are left empty so that pegs can hop through and come to rest in them, if desired.
The aim of the game is to be the first player to move all ten pegs across the board and into the opposite triangle. The first player to occupy all 10 destination holes is the winner.
A toss of a coin decides who starts. Players move a single peg of their own colour. In one turn a peg may either be simply moved into an adjacent hole OR it may make one or more hops over other pegs.
Where a hopping move is made, each hop must be over an adjacent peg and into the vacant hole directly beyond it. Each hop may be over any coloured peg including the player's colour and can proceed in any one of the six directions. After each hop, the player may either finish or, if possible and desired, continue by hopping over another peg. Occasionally, a player will be able to move a peg all the way from the starting triangle across the board and into the opposite triangle in one turn!
Pegs are never removed from the board. However, once a peg has reached the opposite triangle, it may not be moved out of the triangle.
For a more involved game, when three players play, each player can control two sets of pegs instead of one. Two players can control three sets of pegs each.