Carrom is a ‘strike-and-pocket’ tabletop game of south Asian origin. It is popular in nepal, india, pakistan, bangladesh, sri-lanka and near by areas, and is known by various names in different languages.In south-asia, many clubs hold regular touraments. Carrom is very commonly played by families, including children, and at social functions.
Carrom is played using small disks of wood or plastic known as carrom men. These pieces, aside from the special queen, may also be known as seeds, coins, pawns, or pucks. A carrom set contain 19 pieces in three different colours. Two colours to represent the player’s pieces and one colour for the queen. The usual colours are white and black for the players and red for the queen.
1. The player must pocket the queen and subsequently pocket a carrom man of the player’s own colour. This is termed covering the queen. If by mistake a player puts a carrom man of the opposite team in the pocket after ‘pocketing’ the queen, then the queen has to be placed in the centre of the board again.
2. If the player pockets his or her opponents last carrom man before pocketing the queen, then the other player wins that board.
Fine-grained powder is used on the board enable the pieces to slide easily. Bornic acid powder is most commonly used for this purpose despite having recently been reclassified by the EU as ‘Toxic for reproduction’.