Sunday, 24 April 2011

Today we are playing Kubb (pronounced koob)

history of kubb

Kubb (pronounced koob) is a lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks by throwing wooden sticks at them. Kubb can be simply described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. Today's version originated on Gotland Island, Sweden.
Rules vary from region to region, but the object of the game is to knock the "King" over, before your opponent does. This, combined with the fact that there is a certain level of strategy that can be used by players, has led some players and Kubb fans to nickname the game "Viking Chess." However, unlike chess, if a player or team knocks over the king before achieving their objectives, that player/team immediately loses the game. The game can be played on a variety of surfaces such as sand, concrete, grass, or even ice.
It is often claimed that the game dates back to the Viking Age and has survived on Gotland Island. There is also anecdotal evidence of games called Kubb being played in various places in Sweden in the early 20th century. The game in its modern conception became popular in the 1990s when commercial Kubb sets were first manufactured.
The game has now gained international interest, and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. There is also an annual World Championship that has been held since 1995 on Gotland. Small scale tournaments are also becoming increasingly popular on college campuses as well as during family gatherings.

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