Players can move one space at a time or “hop” other pieces, including their own. Despite this similarity to Checkers, traditional Chinese Checkers (sometimes referred to as “Hop Across”) doesn’t allow a player to capture opposing players’ marbles.
Strategies abound for crossing the board, most involving ways to create bridges with early pieces so that the following pieces can jump several spaces at a time, sometimes crossing the entire board before stopping. More cutthroat players will play with an aggressive stalling tactic, blocking opponent’s from reaching their base while they try to continue shuttling theirs. However it’s played, the ultimate goal is the move all ten pieces into the opposite base, the first to do so being the winner.
Chinese Checkers is still popular around the world today. Granted, you can’t bark out “King Me!” like you can in traditional checkers, but that clack-clack-clack sound of your marbles jumping from spot to spot on that wood playing board is still pretty nice. And, while the name might not be all that accurate, it hasn’t stopped Chinese Checkers from remaining an enduring classic in the game world for nearly a century.