Chinese Checkers (or Chinese Chequers) was invented in the 1920s in America and has nothing to do with China. In fact it's based on an earlier Victorian game called Halma which is played on a square 16 x 16 chequer board.
At Masters Traditional Games, we know that cheap Chinese Checkers games can be found all over the place so for our discerning customers we put effort into finding things that are either high quality or a little bit special in some way. We think that ours is the most interesting selection of Chinese Checkers boards around.
A stylish wooden Travel Chinese Checkers set from Pico Pao. The board is manufactured to a high quality using African Paduak wood and folds along the middle allowing you to take the Chinese Checkers set with you on the move. The playing pieces are made...
A very stylish hexagonal Chinese Checkers board supplied with strikingly coloured wooden marbles. This is one of the biggest Chinese Checkers boards around which makes a nice spectacle as well as being easier to get at those marbles that are in amongst...
A large round Chinese Checker game. Includes a 38cm board made from Ash wood and coloured wooden pegs. This is a good quality version of the classic game. Many people prefer the pegs to marbles as they are easier to pick up and move about.
This is a fairly large round Chinese Checkers game with glass marbles. The round wooden board measures 30cm across. It comes with 60 coloured marbles. Please note that the rules-sheet supplied with this item is in French.
Chinese Checkers, disappointingly, is no more than Halma (a Victorian games invented in the 1880s) transported to a star shaped board. It was first patented in the West by Ravensburger, the famous German games company, under the name Stern-Halma in Germany a few years after Halma appeared.
It was later launched in the USA under the catchier name of Chinese Checkers, and this is the form that is most well-known today. 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.
You can learn more about the History of Chinese Checkers from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.
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