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Christian Freeling is a famous Dutch game designer who created more than 40 board games. His most popular game is Havannah, which was published in 1981 by Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH in Germany. He invented many Chess variants, e.g. Caïssa, Chad, Chakra, Dragonfly, Grand Chess, Loonybird, Shakti, and Yari Shogi.

Freeling was born in 1947 and lives in Enschede, The Netherlands. He has three sons: Demian (1975), Myron (1978) and Falco (1993) and one daughter: Ninja (1982). Besides inventing new games, his main hobby is raising raccoon dogs.

On May 13, 2000, Freeling lost all his animals, games and books, when a fireworks warehouse in Enschede exploded.

A Selection of Freeling's Games[]

Name Type of Game Year
Chad Chess variant 1979
HexDame Draughts variant 1979
Chakra Chess variant 1980
Emergo (with Ed van Zon) Stacking game 1980
Havannah Connection game 1980
Hexade Connection game 1980
Rotary Chess variant 1981
Yari Shogi Chess variant 1981
Caïssa Chess variant 1982
Dragonfly Chess variant 1982
Shakti Chess variant 1982
Loonybird Chess variant 1983
Grand Chess Chess variant 1984
HexEmergo Stacking game 1985
Bushka Draughts variant 1988
Track Gammon Backgammon variant 1997
Dameo Draughts variant 2000
MiniMancala Mancala game 2001

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