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All About Chinese Checkers
Chinese Checkers is one of the oldest puzzle games that were originally based on a game named Halma.
Both Halma and Chinese Checkers are quite identical except a few differences here and there. Chinese Checkers is placed on a star shaped board which allows up to six players to participate in the game, where the minimum number of the players is two.
The game allows each player to have ten pieces and compared to Halma, the distance between your opponent's areas is very less.
Some of the modern versions of this game that are designed for children features only six pieces but there are other versions where players use fifteen pieces too.
The game's object is to place a piece on the direct opposite corner. This is done by jumping over other pieces, capturing and blocking.
Such an argument is backed by the game's German name, Stern-Halma because the game not only has resemblances to the old Halma but it is more likely that the Germans named it after the original game.
The history of Chinese Checkers can't be told without talking about the history of Halma, which was invented by famous American Professor, Dr. George Howard Monks.
Famous mathematician Dr. Thomas Hill helped Geroge in the development of the game and the name Halma was contributed by him. The word Halma in Greek means "jump".
Chinese Checkers was in invented in 1892 and this was in Germany. The game was first patented by Ravenburger, a German Company but they took the patent in the name Stern Halma.