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05 October 2006 1438 BST
Grap: Bonkers for Conkers: The rules of the game
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Conkers are great fun to play with but do you know how to score?

Want to play conkers and be the next champion? Learn the rules here and get the know-how on the scoring system.

How to prepare your conker »


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Did you know that until conkers arrived in Britain, the game conkers was played with hazel or cob nuts or even snail shells!
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As a game, conkers has been around for years, but do you know how to play? Don't worry if you don't - we'll show you how!

Rules of play

Two players, each with a conker threaded on a piece of string or a shoelace, take it in turns to hit each other's conker, until there is one conker left.

The first player holds out their conker at arm's length, hanging down, ready to be hit. The string should be wrapped around his or her hand to stop it being dropped.

Conker fun, conker safety

Enjoy your conkers but remember it is a game and a bit of fun.

You are likely to get bruised knuckles, so practise your aim without too much force!

When you play or watch, don't stand too close.

Be careful when you go gathering conkers and don't throw things into the trees. Wait till the conkers fall.

Ask an adult to help make the holes as this can be very dangerous.

They must hold the conker still as the other player hits it. If it accidentally swings, the second player can steady it before they take a strike.

The second player then wraps the string of his or her conker around her hand, draws it back and takes an aim.

He or she lets go of the conker as they swing their arm in an arc and tries to hit the other person's conker.

The first player then has a go at hitting the other player's conker and they take it in turns.

NOTE: If the player deliberately moves his or her conker while waiting for it be hit, the other player is allowed another go!

Conker scoring

If you want to be a real pro at conkers, you need to know how to score. We've broken down the scoring system for you here.

If a conker has never been used before and succeeds in breaking another unused conker, it scores one and becomes a 'one-er'.

If, in the next game it breaks another new conker, it becomes a 'two-er' and so on.

But, if this two-er loses a game and is broken, its score is added to the other person's conker. So if they used a new conker on a two-er, it becomes a three-er and so on.

If the conker that broke it had already broken others, then the scores of BOTH conkers are added together and added to the winner. So if you used a three-er on a two-er, then the score awarded to the winning conker will be five.

Confused? Yes, so are we!

At the end of the season, the high scoring conkers are a thing of value and often sold or swapped for things!

Read more: How to prepare your conker »

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