Carrom is a classic tabletop game that originated in India and is played by flicking discs with a striker to pocket them into corner pockets. It is a game that requires skill, precision, and strategic thinking. Here are the detailed rules to play Carrom:
- Carromboard: A square board with pockets in the corners and a circular line at the center.
- Carrommen: Small, round playing pieces, usually of two colors (white and black).
- Striker: A larger disc-like piece used to flick the carrommen.
Objective: The objective of Carrom is to score points by pocketing your carrommen into any of the four corner pockets. The player or team that reaches a predetermined number of points first is declared the winner.
- Place the Carromboard on a flat surface.
- Arrange the carrommen in a specific pattern in the center of the board. The pattern is usually a circular arrangement with a central arrangement of the Queen and surrounding carrommen.
- Each player or team sits on opposite sides of the board, with their carrommen aligned in front of them.
- Players take turns to flick the striker to hit their carrommen and pocket them into the corner pockets.
- The player must place the striker within the baseline area and flick it with their finger to hit the carrommen.
- To start the game, players take turns to shoot the carrommen using the striker. A coin toss or other method can determine the starting player.
- Players must use the striker to hit their carrommen into the corner pockets, aiming to score points.
- Players are allowed to hit any carrommen, but they must pocket their carrommen before pocketing the opponent’s carrommen to score points.
- If the striker pockets any carromman, it is called a “foul.” The pocketed carromman is returned to the board, and the player loses their turn.
- If the striker is pocketed, it is called a “defunct” or “dead” striker, and the player loses their turn.
- The Queen is a special carromman that must be covered after pocketing it; otherwise, it is returned to the center.
- The game continues until a predetermined number of points are scored or until a set number of rounds are completed.
- Pocketing one’s own carromman: 1 point
- Pocketing the Queen: 3 points
- Covering the Queen: Additional 3 points
Winning: The player or team that reaches the predetermined number of points first is declared the winner.
- Players must flick the striker with their fingers; no other objects can be used to hit the striker.
- The striker must be placed within the baseline area; it should not touch the circular line in the center.
- Players should avoid hitting the carrommen too hard to prevent damage to the board and pieces.
- Players must follow fair play and avoid any cheating or unsportsmanlike behavior.
Carrom is a fantastic game that brings people together for friendly competition and entertainment. It is a favorite pastime in many households and a beloved game in social gatherings. The game’s simplicity, combined with elements of skill and strategy, makes it enjoyable for players of all ages.