How Do You Play Classic Checkers?


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Traditionally, checkers is played on a 64 square board that alternates light and dark squares. The game is played only on the dark squares with each player beginning with 12 pieces. A player wins the game by capturing all of the opponent's pieces or leaving the opponent with no available moves.

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Checkers is a classic board game first recorded as early as 3000 B.C. The modern version of the game is played on an 8 by 8 board that alternates the 64 light and dark squares in a "checkered" pattern. Each player begins with 12 pieces placed on the first three rows of dark squares closest to their side of the board. Players may only move their pieces diagonally forward one space at a time unless they are jumping another piece.

A player may jump their opponent's piece only if the piece is in the space immediately diagonal to the player's and the next space in the diagonal line is unoccupied. When a player jumps a piece, he captures it and removes it from the board for the remainder of the game. A player can jump multiple pieces in the same turn as long their opponents pieces are one, forward diagonal space from where their previous jump ends and the next forward diagonal space is unoccupied. If multiple jumps are available after starting a jump, the player has to make all jumps available.

When a piece travels the length of the board and reaches the last row on their opponent's side, the piece becomes a king and may then move or jump diagonally forward and backwards.

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