Chikara is a strategy game for two players. Each player has 26 sticks of one colour and plays from behind a black defensive line towards the opponent's line. The winner is the player who can first place a stick horizontally on the opponent's defensive line, with that winning stick being untouched by any opposing stick. Sticks are removed when they touch an opponent's playing piece. Extra moves can be achieve through the use of reserve sticks held within strongholds. Attack is the best form of defense.