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The game of Carrom
Carrom originated in India several centuries ago and is now very popular in the UK. It is the ancestor of pool, snooker and billiards. Carrom is played with counters and you flick the pieces into the pockets using a striker. Children as young as seven can pick the game up easily. It is also played seriously all over Asia, with international tournaments for cash prizes. The game is sometimes referred to as finger billiards and is described by some as a cross between tiddlywinks and pool.
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Compendia's Rules to the game of Carrom
Carrom is a two or four player game. For four players you play as two teams, the person sitting opposite you is your partner. Read these rules through once before you begin to play.
Decide who will be black and who will be white. The white player breaks. Place the striker anywhere in your bed so that it touches both the lines. Flick it into the pieces. Keep your finger very close to the striker and will not hurt your fingernail.
Take it turns to shoot. You are trying to get your own pieces in any of the pockets.
International rules state that you are allowed to shoot in any direction from the carrom bed. If you want to shoot backwards then you can use your thumb to filck. Some versions of the rules state that you may not shoot backwards, so if you have your own colour pieces between you and your carrom bed then you must use a rebounding shot to move or pocket them. Remember, you must remain seated at all times.
While shooting, your elbows must stay off the board and may not go out past the side of the board.
You bring the striker back to the Carrom bed every time you shoot and you can place it anywhere along the bed, to line up the most useful shot, but it must always touch both lines.
If you pocket your colour then you get another shot and keep shooting until you fail to pocket a piece.
If you pocket the striker then you must get one of your pieces out of a pocket and place it in the centre of the board. Or owe one if you don't have any pieces down yet.
If you pocket an opponent’s piece, there is no penalty, but of course, you are helping them to win the game.
If you hit your opponent’s colour first, or at any
time during the shot, there is no penalty.
You can cover the queen in the same shot as the pocketing the queen, if both the queen and one of your pieces go down. It does not matter if the queen or the other piece goes down first.
If you do not manage to cover the queen then she comes back into play and is replaced in the very centre of the board.
International rules state that one of the players must successfully pocket and cover the queen. So you cannot finish a game with the queen still on the table and you must cover the queen. For new players however, this can make for a very long game so when starting out you could decide that the queen can be the last piece to pocket, like the black ball in pool. If this is the case then you could reduce the queens premium to 3 or even 1 point. It is best to decide this before you begin playing.
You usually play several boards of Carrom in an evening
and keep count of the points from each board. The first player to reach
29 points wins the game.
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