When it comes to classic board games Checkers is the standard that they are all held to. The equipment can be as simple as bottle caps on a hand drawn piece of paper, or as elaborate as an exotic hard wood set with an inlaid board. This classic version of Checkers is played all over the world. The elegant simplicity of the rules inspire players to make numerous variations. Before exploring some of the other intriguing variations of Checkers, let us take some time to appreciate the game as many of us have learned it.

Players 2

8X8 checker board
12 white checkers and 12 dark checkers

How to play


Set the checkers up on the black squares of the first three rows, as shown in the photo above.

The checkers move and capture diagonally forward one square only.

A capture is made when a checker hops over an opponent’s checker and on the empty square behind it. If there is another checker that can be captured after a checker hops it may continue to hop. Captures are mandatory and a player must choose the move that gets the most capturers.

A checker that reaches the opponent’s first row becomes a king. A king can move forward or backwards diagonally.

A player wins when they have captured all there opponent’s checkers or blocks them so they can not move.


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