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How to Play Chopsticks



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how to play chopsticks chopsticks is a

game of strategy as well as basic math

it has roots in Japan and can also call

finger chess

swords split magic fingers Chinese

fingers cherries sticks and Twitter lead

inks though there are many variations of

rules and different names the overall

theory and spirit of the game remains

the same this game is not the widely

known beginners piano song though it

shares the same name learning the basic

rules

start with two players you need a

minimum of two people to play chopsticks

but there is opportunity later to add

more opponents

face your opponent as you both put your

hands in front of you each time you

start a round of the game you both hold

your hands out with one finger extended

make sure that both you and your partner

keep both hands flat and straight out so

that both of you can see how many

fingers each person has extended

throughout the rest of the game

pick one person to go first you will

then take turns going back and forth on

each turn one player will use one hand

to tap one of their opponents hand let's

assume you are going first

tap one of your opponents hand with one

of yours if you tap with one finger then

your opponent will add your one finger

plus their extended fingers and extend

the sum of the two for example you tap

your opponents hand you have one finger

and they have two they then add the

fingers and on their tapped hand they

put out three fingers on the next turn

your opponent uses their hand of three

fingers to tap your hand of one you now

have to hold out four fingers because

your one finger plus their three equals

four fingers only the tapping hand has

the power to change your opponent's hand

take turns between players to tap each

other's hands the goal is to keep going

and adding fingers to your opponent's

hand by tapping when someone's hand

reaches five fingers that are extended

that hand is considered dead and is no

longer in play there are several

variations of this rule but the simple

rules of chopsticks dictate that once a

hand has reached five fingers that hand

is useless

which makes sense because one of

background stories behind chopsticks is

that you can hold a chopstick with up to

one finger but an open hand means that

you are going to drop your utensil and

food as well there are several

variations of this rule but the simple

rules of chopsticks dictate that once a

hand has reached five fingers that hand

is useless which makes sense because one

of background stories behind chopsticks

is that you can hold a chopstick with up

to one finger but an open hand means

that you are going to drop your utensil

and food as well

hi dead hands behind your back continue

playing until one player has lost both

of their hands the goal is to be the

last one standing with at least one hand

left still alive

master the basics and then add new rules

like many math and strategy games such

as chess there are a limited amount of

plays that are possible before the game

becomes predictable to prevent the same

player winning every round and the other

player losing add the other rules to

make the game play fair