Halma 3

CHINESE is a simplified, faster version of flalma that became popular during the i 88os. Whether or not it was invented in China is not known, but it is played in the People’s Republic of China today as well as in Europe and the United States.


NUMBER OF PL.AYFRS.-Two, three, four, or six. When four or six people play, they may form partnerships.OBJECTIVE.-To be the first player to move all of one’s pieces into the opposite corner of the star board. When partners play, they both must move all of their pieces to the other’s starting corner of the board.MATERIAL -A star-shaped playing board of six points, and sets of ten or 15 playing pieces, each set a different color.

To BEGIN PLAY.-Determine which player is to go first. If only two people are playing, they each place 15 pieces in opposite home bases, as shown below.

If three or more people play, set up the board with ten pieces for each player at alternate points of the star. If four or six play, each player places his or her pieces opposite an opponent or partner.
To PLAY Pieces are moved in much the same way as in Halma¬¨either one step at a time in any direction along the connecting lines, or by jumping over one’s own pieces and/or those of an opponent, as long as there is a vacant point to land on after each jump. As in llalma, a step move and a jump move may not be combined within the same turn. Pieces that are jumped are not removed from the board.

You may try to block or slow down your opponent’s moves as in Halma, but be careful not to leave a piece off by itself where it can only make a single step move and slow down your own chances of winning the game.