Carrom is a very interesting indoor game which is thought to have originated from pool billiard about 150 years ago in Indian sub-continent. Carrom can be played by two (in singles) or by four persons (in doubles).
Carrom is a game of skill and requires strategy and concentration coupled with physical and mental fitness. Carrom today is amongst the world’s favourite indoor games, enjoyed amongst amongst friends and families worldwide.
Despite being classified an indoor “board game”, it is quite unique in itself – neither like dice games such as Monopoly, nor like strategy games such as Chess. In fact, it is much more, involving a combination of both physical and mental elements.
The game features square wooden board with four corner pockets and is played by flicking a “striker” disc with one’s fingers at the target pieces or carrom “men”. The goal of the game is to collect points by sinking the nine carrom “men” of your colour, plus the red “queen” piece, into the pockets before your opponent.
Carrom is played by millions of people in Asia, especially in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirate, Japan and Korea.
SAARC Countries Champioships are organised every year, under the auspices of the Asian Carrom Confederation.
Carrom is played in many countries of Europe such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
The European Carrom Confederation coordinates the activities of the national federations and allots Euro Cup every year, in rotation.
Carrom is becoming more and more popular in United States of America.
The US Carrom Association conducts National Open Championships annually.