What is Carrom?

Carrom StrikerThe game of carrom is an interesting combination of pool and air hockey, but highly accessible as an indoor family game, being compact and portable.

The game features square wooden board with four corner pockets and is played by flicking a “striker” disc with one’s fingers at the target pieces or carrom “men”. The goal of the game is to collect points by sinking the nine carrom “men” of your colour, plus the red “queen” piece, into the pockets before your opponent.

Despite being classified an indoor “board game”, it is quite unique in itself – neither like dice games such as Monopoly, nor like strategy games such as Chess. In fact, it is much more, involving a combination of both physical and mental elements. Similar to billiards, marbles and air hockey in different ways, it is easy to understand, fun to play, and suitable for children and adults alike.

The advent of professional carrom tournaments and the formation of federations all over the Western world has given rise to thousands of serious carrom players. Nevertheless, there is a long way to go before “carrom” becomes a household name, with millions worldwide who haven’t even heard the name.

2 comments

  1. I used to play this game for hours on end. 4 of us played, partners. The only problem we had was shooting too hard and causing the caroms to fly off the board or breaking them. 2 things that ought to be available and I have not seen them: replacement caroms and a stand to set the board on. The boards we used to play on had a 3 legged stand, with a top piece that spun around on the 3 legged stand. This allowed the player to bring the board around to him/her without having to stand up and walk around to the shooting area. I have in my mind an idea of how to make the stand and will probably do so, if I cannot find one. I am looking forward to teaching my grandchildren how to play the game.

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