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Is Chinese checkers invented by Chinese?

The Chinese have nothing to do with the invention of the board game Chinese checkers.

The game was invented in Victorian England and was called halma during the 1880s.

Not long after, the Germans rearranged the shape of the halma board into a star and sold it as Stern-Halma.

A few years later it was imported into the U.S. under the exotic name Chinese checkers.

The name "Chinese checkers" was a marketing scheme by Bill and Jack Pressman in 1928. The Pressman company's game was originally called "Hop Ching Checkers".

 

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