Chebache Review
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Players: 2
Time: 45 minutes

If youíre the kind of person who canít take your mind off of that move you made in backgammon or chess, and you spend more time devising your next strategy than finishing that report for the boss, then this is the game for you.

Chebache is a combination of checkers, backgammon, and chess. The goal is to get all of your players to Finish before your opponent, or to trap your opponentís King in Chebache. Both players have their own movement paths, but some areas are shared, which means you can land on your opponentís pieces and send them back to Start. You can also stack pieces on top of each other. If your opponent has one piece and you have two or more stacked, your opponent canít land on you.

  
 
You can also capture your opponent in Chebache by trapping an opponent's piece on certain spots on the board. If you trap your opponent in Chebache, you must say "Chebache," giving your opponent a warning and a chance to escape. If your opponent canít escape, you can send his or her piece(s) back to Start. If your opponent has more than one piece stacked, all pieces are sent back to Start.

There are many rules and strategies with this game. You can start with a simpler version of the rules and then introduce more rules (such as the ability to move backwards on certain squares) once youíve mastered the initial rules.

You can also play the game online and learn new strategies at highergames.com. When you play online, you can activate Help, which will put the playerís movement path on the board, allowing you to learn the path of each player. The game board itself does not have the movement paths on it. Each player has a card with his or her own movement path. This makes it difficult to see what your opponentís next move may be.

This isnít the kind of game you break out with a bunch of your friends and try to figure it out with a crowd of people watching. This is the kind of game you play with a friend for years, constantly challenging each other's intellect. The more you play, the more strategies you can develop, so the game is always challenging.



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