Chinese Checkers

OBJECTIVE OF CHINESE CHECKERS: Be the first player to get all your pieces to the “home.”

MATERIALS: Star-shaped Checker board, 60 pegs (6 different colored sets of 10)

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2, 3, 4, or 6 players

TYPE OF GAME: Checkers

AUDIENCE: Teens, Kids, Adults


Chinese Checkers is a strategy board game. Despite the name, the game actually originated in Germany, where it was called Sternhalma. It is a simpler version of the game Halma, which is an American game. The goal of the game is to move all of one’s pieces across the hexagonal board to the “home,” which is a corner across the board from a player’s starting corner. Players use single step moves and jumps to win. Play continues until all players place, i.e. a second, third, etc place.


The game can accommodate 2, 3, 4, or 6 players. A six player game uses all the pegs and triangles. Four player games should be played with two pairs of opposite triangles, two players games should always be played with opposing triangles. Three player games use the triangles equidistant from each other.

Players each choose a color and its 10 corresponding pegs. The unused pegs are left to the side so they are not used in the game.


Toss a coin to pick the first player. Players alternate turns moving single pegs. Players may move pegs into holes adjacent to the starting hole or jump over pegs. Hopping moves must be to adjacent and empty holes. Players are permitted to hop over as many pegs as possible in a single turn. Pegs stay on the board. When a peg reaches the opposite triangle across the board it cannot be moved out, only within that triangle.

Some rules claim it is legal to block players with your pegs in their home triangle. However, there are anti-spoiling rules which claim these pegs do not inhibit players from winning. The game winner wins by occupying all the vacant holes of the opposing triangle.

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