Halma



Halma is one of the fun teen games and logic games for kids.



Pre-Fun

2 or 4 players
Ages: 9 and up
Need Halma board or checkerboard(s)

Ready?

If using a checkerboard you can either form 4 checkerboards into a large square or use 1 checkerboard and divide each square into 4 smaller squares.

Two

If 2 players, they play at opposite corners using 19 pieces.

Starting with the squares closest to them at the left edge, they place their pieces as follows:

5 pieces in a row on the row closest to them
5 pieces in a row on the row behind the 1st row
4 pieces in a row on the row behind the 2nd row
3 pieces in a row on the row behind the 3rd row
2 pieces in a row on the row behind the 4th row

Four

If 4 players, they use 13 pieces and arrange them as follows, beginning on the left of the row closest to them:

4 pieces in a row on the row closest to them
4 pieces in a row behind the first row
3 pieces in a row behind the 2nd row
2 pieces in a row behind the 3rd row

Either 2 or 4 corners will have pieces on them. All other areas of the board are blank.

Players need to have different colors of pieces whether they be checkers or a mixture of checkers, buttons and coins.

Object

Players want to move all their pieces into the opposite corner.

One player begins and moves a piece one space. Pieces can move forward, backward or diagonally if there is an empty space.

Jumps are allowed over a player's own piece or opponents' pieces if there is an empty space after the jump. No capturing of other pieces occurs.

The End

Play continues to the left and players are allowed one move per turn.

The winner is the player who moves all her pieces into the opposite corner of the board.







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