Kubb, An Ancient Game With A Modern Vibe
Now maybe it's true that our Scandinavian ancestors used
game pieces made from the bones of their enemies or maybe they used the ends of
logs cut off from barn-buildings, or perhaps all is lost to history. Whatever the origin of the playing pieces,
what is true is that Kubb (Kubh) is a game for all ages.
The game of Kubb has been compared to horseshoes, bocce, or
chess played in the grass or snow. Whatever comparison is made, it is a throwing game of skill, cunning and
strategy at the highest level of play. However, little kids and grandmas also play with keen relish and
enthusiasm making it a perfect family game.
There are 23 game pieces in Kubb, all wooden, usually
hardwood. The teams can consist of
between 1 and 6 persons per team, with one team on either side of the
field. Distinct methods of throwing are
mandated, rules are enforced, and the object is to knock over the King in the
middle of the field.
Modern Kubb clubs playing for an opportunity to compete on
the Island of Gotland in Sweden each
summer attests to the keen rivalry which takes place in order to qualify to
attend this international rivalry. Many
US and European teams compete on a local level each year in preparation for the
World Championship. The competition
which is held here in Rockford will be on May 4, 2013, at Ingersoll Park. It's a colorful event consisting of 40 teams
from several states.
Competitive play requires strict adherence to distances
between opponent's lines, distance to the King, etc. but those rules are often
altered when the game involves children
or casual players. Kubb is a
game all can enjoy, and it is a sport which grows each year as more and more
discover the pleasures of this ancient game.