Five field Kono originates from Korea and is an abstract strategy game along the same sort of lines as Chinese checkers. I’m sure you could pick up a board online, but I thought it would be fun to make my own travel sized one, similar to the travel one I made of the mancala game last week.

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You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Counters/ wooden cubes

Start by making a 4 by 4 grid on a piece of paper.

You will need 7 counters in two different colours. You could take these from another game, or you could get some wooden cubes and colour them in. I got a pack of wooden cubes so that I could use them in different games (like mancala) without having to constantly raid our other games.

How to Play Five Field Kono:

The game is sort of like Chinese checkers in that you have to get your pieces to the other end of the board. BUT there are a few rules:

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Mum making her first move.

1.  You can only move your piece diagonally.

2. You can’t jump over another piece or land on a space that is already occupied by another piece.

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Moving backwards was only one of the moves that my mum could do on this turn.

3. You can move forwards and backwards.

4.You can only move one place at a time.

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Looks like I’m going to win this round.

The first person to get all their pieces to the starting locations of their opponent’s pieces.

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Yup, I won, but only just.

I’ve not played this game with EC or YC yet, but I played it with my mother and we both enjoyed it.

Pin for later:

How to play five field kono. An abstract strategy game from Korea. It is a bit like Chinese checkers.