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Chinese Checkers

David Levy Chinese Checkerboard

Silverfork Cabin, UT, 2001


My only extracurricular activity in high school — other than the newspaper and ‘B’ team tennis — was the Chinese Checkers Club. We went to old folks' homes and played board games and lost because old folks cheat surprisingly often.


Chinese checkers is misnamed. It isn’t really from China, and its not really much like checkers, but it is one of the more entertaining board games, especially with six players in the action.


The game is most often played with marbles on cheap tin or plastic, but that setup is simply too volatile: one errant elbow or frustrated slam on the table and the game is over. No, in my family (who is very serious about the game) wooden pegs are the only way to go. And when its not in use, a quality board with multicolored pieces makes for lovely decor — the perfect showpiece for your mid-century modern wall unit or credenza. I’ve logged hundreds of games on the David Levy board pictured above. Levy is known for his beautiful handcrafted furniture striped with various hardwoods. His game boards and cutting boards are most marvelous.


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Taken in July 2001