Despite its name, the game is not a variation of checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia (on the other hand, the game known as “Chinese chess”, or xiangqi, is from China). The game was invented in Germany in 1892 under the name “Stern-Halma” as a variation of the older American game Halma.
Princeton tops that list with 28 national titles. Yale comes in a close second with 27. The Crimson Tide are ranked third along with Michigan, Notre Dame and USC with 11 respectively. However, the total number of national championships teams have won varies according to the Associated Press and the NCAA. The NCAA recognizes Yale as the university with the most titles (18), while Alabama (16) and Princeton (15) complete the top three. The confusion and debate among these early titles centers around the polling and ranking systems for those respective years.