Chetak is a yearly event in India. This year it will be held on 11th October 2020 at Hyderabad and Chandigarh. The milestone of this occasion was achieved on 24th November 2018 when it crossed the mark of 21 million participants. The competition is open to anyone with a valid Aadhaar card or Voter’s ID card, and one can participate as many times as they want.
It is widely considered to be the largest peacetime sporting event in India due to its huge numbers of participants every year. Hence, this is usually include millions from across India. The most recent Chetak mega-event was held in November 2018. When over 21.6 million people participated in the game across the country.
How many people do you need to play chetak?
One need topeople including a leader and a follower. It follows many of the same rules as the electronic version of ‘Candy Crush’ — interestingly, some of its gameplay has evolved from these somewhat old-fashioned origins.
‘Chetak’, Sanskrit for ‘checker’, is an ancient Indian board game that involves two players with six stones each moving around a board to capture more squares than their opponent. The objective of the game is to move all of your own stones onto your side of the board. While blocking your opponents from doing the same.
Rules you need to know:
The rules are remarkably simple, with no ‘turns’, ‘moves’, or other special moves in this game. People usually play this game on a flat surface but you can also play this game on a set of toy chits (which are more common in India) that children mostly use.
The chetak board is traditionally tailor-made up of eight levels (sometimes referred to as ‘jackals’) aligned with eight squares or ‘lions’ at each level. Hence, this combine to form a square on each level. Each player takes a total of six stones, with each stone roughly the size and shape of a rook in chess. The starting position is two stones on the first level, and one stone on each successive level.
The game is played until only one player’s stones remain on the board. The winner is the player who wins three consecutive stones after having lost just one. Or who manages to capture all of their opponent’s lions with their own lions before either of these conditions meets with eachother.
The first player can also claim victory by capturing any number of squares adjacent to them or diagonal to them when they reach their opponent’s region of the board. This is well-known as ‘checkmate’.
What do you ought to know about chetak?
You can play this game on a piece of slate or slate-like material and includes two pieces of wood or other similar material. Two people can play this game, but you play this game with more than two people.
However, in the case of multiple players, there are many variations to the rules. The objective is to claim victory by capturing one’s own pieces while blocking the opponent from doing likewise until all their pieces are in their hands. And they have none left on the board.
In the event that both players are alone on the chetak board. It is possible for a player to win by leaving just one stone on the board. As this reduces their opponent’s chances of winning by one. In fact, this is usually how a player wins any game of chetak by themselves. The act of leaving one’s piece on the chetak board is well-known as ‘going poonai’.
In the case of multiple player games, if all players became isolated at the same time. They could negotiate with each other to leave one stone on the board. The penalty for this is that one must take it upon themselves to sacrifice. Their last stone (sometimes called a ‘lion’) and trade places with their opponent. This moves them from a position of weakness to a position of strength. This is well-known as ‘Hindi Board’. If there are still no stones remaining on the board, it is well-known that the the winner is whoever remains on the board.
Game play of chetak is very simple and everyone can play in a group of 2 or more with relative ease. You can play this at various levels as competition has many forms.