How to Solve Chinese Checkers

By Laura Stuart

Repeating the same four moves in a repetitive sequence is the most efficient way to solve a Chinese Checkers board. By starting in the middle, you can move left, right, up or down alternating between rows and columns to solve the puzzle and win the game if you are playing in a group. This article will direct you by row and column and direction on the best way to start in the middle and work your way out to the finish because, at its core, Chinese checkers is an elaborate game of solitaire.

Start in the middle. The empty hole on the board should be in the center of the board. From there, move the second checker in the second row down to the fourth column.

Work the Pattern. Move a checker from the third row to the second column, followed by a checker in the first row to the third column, followed by a checker from the fourth row to the third column, followed by a checker from the first row to the fifth column and the first row to the third column.

Rework the pattern. Move a checker from the sixth row to the third column, from the fifth row to the first column, from the fifth row to the fourth column, from the third row to the first column and from the fifth row to the first column.

Rework the pattern again. Move a checker from the fifth row to the sixth column, from the seventh row to the fifth column, from the fourth row to the fifth column, from the seventh row to the third column and from the seventh row to the fifth column.

Rework the pattern a fourth time. Move a checker from the second row to the fifth column, from the third row to the seventh column, from the third row to the fourth column, from the fifth row to the seventh column and from the third row to the seventh column.

Walk around the pattern. Move a checker from the fifth row to the fourth column, from the fifth row to the sixth column, from the third row to the sixth column, from the third row to the fourth column, from the third row to the second column and from the fifth row to the second column.

Finish the puzzle. The final moves are: taking a checker from the fourth row to the fourth column, from the sixth row to the fourth column, from the fourth row to the third column and from the fourth row to the sixth column.

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