Checkers: A Game Of Strategy

Checkers is a strategic board game that requires a square board with 64 slots. The board is usually patterned red and black, but it may also be of a combination of black and white.

Checkers is believed to have originated in the Egyptian lands. Written accounts of the game can be found dating back to 1600 BC. It is said that this game was modified by the French such that it could be played on a chess board much later. This helped in popularizing the game even further.

For those who love strategic games but don't have the patience for a 'boring' game of Chess, Checkers is the best alternative. This game is fast moving and does not overwhelm its players with rules.

The rules of this game are simple and can be understood without much difficulty. With just a little practice you can become a pro at this game. Players need to devise a strategy in order to gain an upper hand during play, and this strategy can differ with each individual.

The traditional version of this game could be modified by simple changes to be more interesting, and so as the popularity of Checkers increased, different versions of this game came up. Some of these variants are English draughts, Canadian checkers, Lasca, Cheskers and Anti-checkers.

It is important for those who enjoy this board game to keep with them an extra set of game pieces, as losing even a single piece can prove to be extremely irritating during game play.

This is a great game to play when you are with your friends or with your family. This game requires strategic thinking and planning ahead.

The game can be played by following these simple rules:

The 12 pieces each player has are called men, or in some cases, Kings. Generally two kinds of moves can be made. A single move involves moving a piece diagonally. A jump is made in an empty slot over an enemy's piece. Following this, the enemy's piece is removed from the board. The pieces are usually black and red in color.

The row closest to a player is considered as a King's row and if an opponent's coin moves into the King's row belonging to you, the opponent gets crowned. Getting crowned gives the piece permission to move backward too.

A player can win the game by taking the opponent's entire set of pieces captive and/or leaving the opponent without any moves.

The online version of this game can be played by a single player, with the computer as an opponent. Online Checkers provides hours of challenging fun to its players.

Article Source: Mihir Shah M

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