How to Play Checkers

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Table of contents

  1. Empty
  2. Number of Players
  3. Game Setup
  4. Goal
  5. Gameplay
  6. How to Improve Your Checkers Game
  7. Conclusion

Empty

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Number of Players

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Game Setup

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Goal

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Gameplay

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To do this, the square on the other side of your opponent’s disc (the one that you’ll leap into) must be empty. If there’s another disc there, you can’t capture it. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":362,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":362,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":362,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":362,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"82r6e","text":"The captured checker should be removed from the board. You can capture only one disc in a single jump. However, you can do multiple jumps in one turn to capture more than one disc.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":180,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":180,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":180,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":180,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"190r5","text":"In case you’re doing multiple captures in a single turn, you can shift the direction of your piece towards the left diagonal or the right one, all the while keeping the movement in a forward direction. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":202,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":202,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":202,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":202,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4l8vc","text":"If you can make a capture, then you have to do it. You can’t move other checkers randomly. In case there are possibilities for multiple captures, you can then choose the one you prefer. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":186,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ehej0","text":"If all the squares adjacent to your checker are occupied, then you’re blocked. You can’t move.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"a6oeo","text":"When a disc reaches the furthest row from its starting point (that is, your opponent’s back row), it becomes king. You crown the king by putting one of the captured pieces (that have been removed from the board) on top of it so that it’s higher than the rest of the discs.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4vog3","text":"Some checker sets have a king’s crown at the back of the disc. If this is the case, when a disc is crowned, you just flip it instead of putting another one on top of it. 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How to Improve Your Checkers Game

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If you move one disc forward on its own, then you’re making it vulnerable to the opponent's attacks.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":213,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":213,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":213,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":213,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"erjd8","text":"Yet, if you move the ones around it with it so that they’re all adjacent, you’re then limiting your opponent’s opportunities in attacking you by narrowing the space they have to move in. When you do that, know that you’re on your way to win.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":241,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":241,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":241,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":241,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2g88q","text":"More importantly, if it happens and your opponent succeeds in capturing one of your discs in a crowd, they’ll be putting themselves in a place where their disc will be captured next. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ftkd0","text":"Offense, Not Defense","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":20,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"325c7","text":"One of the common traps a checkers newbie might fall into is to base their playing strategy on being defensive only, where they try to keep their discs at the edges of the board to avoid being captured or blocked by the opponent. This doesn’t work. You have to try to attack to win. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":283,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1t8c3","text":"Don’t worry if some of your discs are captured or blocked. This is how the game works.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"57vsq","text":"Back Row","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":8,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7m3fu","text":"Another smart strategy you should follow is trying to keep the back row discs in their place for as long as possible. Because if there’s empty space in your back row and your opponent succeeds in reaching it, their disc will be crowned king, and it’ll be more difficult to be captured this way.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":294,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":294,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":294,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":294,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"aoebr","text":"Besides, having a full back row means you’ll be able to capture whatever disc that makes it to your back row. It basically acts as a perfect line of defense. 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Conclusion

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