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What is Carrom?

The Game of Carrom
Carrom is a board game that requires skill, determination and practice. It can be played by players of all ages and skill levels, from novices to pros.

Carrom's popularity grows
While this board game has always been popular in Asia and the Far East, carrom is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., with larger tournaments and competitions, bigger prizes, and many more clubs.

This phenomenen is not restricted to the U.S. The same is also true in much of Europe, the Middle East and South America.
This game is sometimes referred to as carom, karrom, karum, carrum, as well as many other variations.
How to Play
Carrom can be played by two or three, or four players and may be the forerunner of many popular games today such as pool, snooker and billiards. Carrom pieces (coins) are identical to checkers and are 'flicked' with the 'striker,' like the cue ball in pool. Carrom is played on a wooden board with four pockets. The object of the game is to sink all of your pieces before your oppononent sinks theirs. Then, points are collected before the next round, called a "board," begins.


Carrom is played among two sides, if it there are 2 players, it’s called as singles or if its 4 players it’s called as doubles. The game is now played for 25 points and each carom men is 1 point and the queen is 3 points. However, in a 25 point game the queens’ points were not added to the score after 21 points.

The player or the side who wins the toss open the game opens the game by breaking the carom men set 
arrange at the center of the board. His / their carrom men are white. The player who puts one carom men is qualified to play further. He can put the red (queen) at any stage before the last piece of his side is sunk. If he puts the last piece of the opponent the game is over and opponent score. However the queen is not counted for.

The striker should be kept touching both baselines on the player’s side and the end circles should be covered by the striker or exposed fully. You cannot cover it partially.

The red (queen) should be covered by a piece of their own in the next shot and he gets 3 points. Where as the next one after the “queen” is an opponent’s one “Queen” has to be taken out and be placed on the center.

If the striker goes into a pocket the penalty is one and no chance of continuing the hand till the next turn comes. If the striker follows his own carom pieces or more at the same time the penalty is two pieces taken back from a pocket & paced in the center of the board by opponent. Then the player is allowed to continue the hand. 


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