Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Chinese Chequers

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  1. Hello Rosemary, Those color-tipped wooden pegs are an interesting variation on the usual marbles for this game. I love the old Chinese checker boards, often of tin, which tend to have great graphics, each according to the era it was made in. I had thought a while ago of mounting several of them (and other old game boards) as wall decoration, perhaps in a rec room or stairwell.
    --Jim

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    1. I was just messing around here Jim - I thought that the pegs had rather interesting textures and must have been hand painted at their tips.
      The idea of mounting old game boards on a wall sounds interesting - do please show us if you do make a display.

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  2. Teach me, teach me, I wanna play!
    Happy New Year Rosemary!
    Paul :)

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    1. A belated Happy New Year to you too Paul - have you been off somewhere exotic?

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    1. I have been playing around Marina.

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  4. Nice series, Rosemary. I especially like the ones with the 6 pieces at different angles and the montage. Greetings from chilly, snowy Canada.

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    1. Hope the thaw comes for you soon Marie - last winter I remember the snow lingered on with you for along time. We have had no snow at all this winter so far, but never say never.

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  5. I remember this game, but with silvered balls or have I got that wrong? Lovely images as always Rosemary.

    Jean x

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    1. I know that you see it with marbles sometimes. Just experimenting with my camera.

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  6. I don't know anything about this game, so I wouldn't know where to start! You have some lovely images of it.

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    1. It is a very old fashioned game Wendy, but can be played with two or up to six people.

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  7. Dearest Rosemary,
    My favorite of all favorite games. I started to play when I was but a young girl.
    This post is amazing Rosemary. As last week, when i went to the new Bazaar in Evora. I bought a miniature Chinese Checkers for Filipe to play on the yacht. I am going back to buy for them all. I think I might have a look on e bay to see if I can obtain one of the old games. We used to have around 3 in our house.
    The ones I bought are hand made in wood. But do not have the color on the top.
    Love your set. Its beautiful. Very different.
    Che Che.. Thank you for showing and sharing this wonderful game you have of Chinese Checkers.
    Wish i was there to have a game with you.
    val xx

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    1. Our son gave this set to H at Christmas - it looks quite attractive as it uses several different types of wood and is hand-painted. Presumably he got it in Paris.
      Would love to have a game with you Val♥

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  8. Dear Rosemary, Just looking at your photos brought back so many memories...only now I forgot how to play this game.

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    1. Dear Gina - The object of the game is to move your counters to the triangle opposite. You can move straight or diagonally, and jump over your opponents if there is an empty hole. A simple game but good fun for 2 - 6 people, especially when travelling.

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  9. Dear Rosemary,

    Your post is a challenge to me! I have seen the game before, but never actually played it. I missed you explanation, but was happy to read it in your comment above :-)!! It sounds like fun!

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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    1. It is a little set that my eldest son got for us in Paris which I thought had lovely textures and hand painting - by the way I like your new 'avatar'.

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  10. Aha....it is a game, I looked on google.
    I don't know this game.
    Have a nice evening.

    Greetings,
    Inge, my choice

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    1. Yes, you are right. I was just experimenting with the shapes and textures of it.

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  11. I enjoyed the way you have been used them as a subject for your photographs. I love the colours and textures and and angles.
    Sarah x

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    1. This is what I get up to Sarah when I can't get out in the garden!!! I should really be cleaning the house.

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  12. Beautiful pictures!!! I haven't played this game since I was a kid!

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    1. Thanks Marica - lovely to hear from you.

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  13. I don't know the game , but I enjoyed all the colorful shots ! xx

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    1. That is what it is all about really - I enjoyed playing with the pieces to make the photos.

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  14. That took me back! We played hours of Chinese Chequers when I was a girl - great Friday night treat with my mum and dad with tea and biscuits and jam afterwards. I felt so grown up!

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    1. That sounds like a lovely memory - so pleased that these images transported you back to a young girl.

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  15. I used to play this game when I was a kid. It's fun to play it. Less serious than Chess.

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    1. Now I am thinking that some chess men would make interesting photos!!!

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  16. Dear Rosemary,

    I've never played this game, but I really like its graphic quality. As you know, I collect many things, and game borads — especially antique ones — has been alluring for a long time. I'd love to decorate my walls with old game boards, but thankfully there's no wall space left!

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    1. Dear Mark - you probably noticed that Jim said he would like to decorate his walls with old game boards too. My son picked this up in Paris and so we played it at Christmas.

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  17. I believe my Mother saved our game and it must still be packed away! One of my favorites - and in the play one would form a path that one's marble (or an opponent could use it, too) could jump each marble and move quite a distance towards the triangle opposite the start in just one move. The path would take different angles. F U N ! ! !

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    1. Hello Mary - I think that you can bring added dimensions to this game, as you mention, by using finesse.

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  18. That Rosemary is a beautiful Chinese Checkers board and pegs. I can see what you have done with the photos, well done :)
    Many a game we all have played over the years!

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    1. Thanks - I was having fun messing around with the different pieces in the set - should have been doing some work in the house i.e. spring cleaning.

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  19. I have an old board in that shape dating from the 1920s. It was in my grandmother's house. I thought the game was called "Halma". I can't really remember how to play it although I did as a child. Your post inspires me to look it up online. I'm sure someone's given detailed instructions!

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    1. That is interesting Jenny - the name Halma is new to me. I have just looked it up on Google and it seems that Chinese Chequers is very similar but has a star shaped board rather than a square shape which gives an opportunity to have six players rather than the 4 in Halma.
      I am sure it must be played in the same way.
      The object of the game is to move your counters to the triangle opposite. Each player selects his counters and places them in any of the triangles.
      1. Move one step at a time, along a straight line, onto an adjacent hole.
      2. Jumping over an adjacent counter into a vacant hole. You can do several jumps (over one counter at a time) in one move. You may jump over your own or your opponents counters.
      Moves can be made in any direction. The first player who can move all of his counters to the opposite triangle wins the game.

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  20. Grałam w chińczyka, ale nie takimi klockami. Bardzo ciekawie tą grę pokazałaś na zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam.
    I played in Chinese, but not such blocks. Very interesting this game you showed in the pictures. Yours.

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    1. Thanks Giga - I think there are several variations on this game - sometimes they use marbles.

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  21. I have a similar board game in which players try to move their cones into their opposite bases. There are three colors (opposing bases are the same color), yellow, red, and blue, and three people compete who will move to the opposite base first. Mine would be one variation. Your Chinese Checkers made of wood are so beautiful, so are your photographs or even more. Recent post of yours reminded me of how to spend the winter days. Stay warm and have fun.

    Yoko

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    1. Dear Yoko - last year spring was late but this year it seems to be early - however, I can't wait to get out in the countryside again and see all of the new shoots pushing their way through the ground.

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