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Checkers general rules

Checkers is a board game for two people. Equipment for checkers is a board with alternating light and dark squares. The size of the board is 8x8 squares (in some types 10x10 or 12х12). Each player has a certain number of pieces of his color - checkers. Initially they are on the dark squares in the near-to-player part of the table (another rules are in Turkish and Armenian checkers, we`ll see it below). A piece may only move forward diagonally into an unoccupied square.

If the square is occupied by the opponent`s piece, and the next square is unoccupied, then player can capture the opponent's piece. To do this, a piece moves to the unoccupied square, and the opponent`s piece is considered to be captured and removed from the board. If the own piece can capture more of opponent`s pieces, the struggle continues in the same turn. When the piece reaches the crownhead or kings row (the farthest row forward) it becomes a king. The king can move not only forward but also backward. In addition the king can move and capture all over the board in some regulations.

The main objective of the game is to capture or block all of the opponent's checkers.

Russian checkers

The size of a game board is 8x8. Each player has 12 checkers, occupied the first 3 rows. Uncrowned pieces can capture backward. If you have several available options to strike, you can choose any of it. There is a Turkish rule of capturing in Russian checkers. Captured pieces are removed from the board only after the turn, and they cannot be captured again. If a man touches the king`s row from a jump it becomes a king immediately.

International checkers

The size of a game board is 10x10. Each player has 20 checkers, occupied the first 4 rows. Uncrowned pieces can capture backward. If you have several available options to strike, you must choose an option when you capture more pieces. There is a Turkish rule of capturing (look Russian checkers).

Brazilian checkers

The size of a game board is 8x8. Each player has 12 checkers, occupied the first 3 rows. The rules are the same as in the international checkers.

Canadian checkers

The size of a game board is 12x12. Each player has 30 checkers, occupied the first 5 rows. The rules are the same as in the international checkers

Checkers(сheckers).

The size of a game board is 8x8. Each player has 12 checkers, occupied the first 3 rows. Uncrowned pieces can`t capture backward. If you have several available options to strike, the chosen one, where more than taking.

King can move only one square in any direction.

Italian checkers

The game board is rotated 90 degrees and its size is 8x8. The rest is the same as in the checkers. But when you have possibility of several captures, you must choose an option when you capture more kings. Uncrowned pieces cannot capture kings.

Turkish and Armenian checkers

Rules of Turkish and Armenian checkers have some features. The size of a game board is 8x8. Each player has 16 checkers. Checkers placed on the 2 and the 3 row, and occupy black and white squares. In the Armenian checkers uncrowned pieces can move forward, left and right. They also can capture backward. A king can move and capture in any direction. Strangely that Turkish capturing rule is not allowed in Turkish checkers, but it is legal in Armenian checkers. When uncrowned piece reaches the kings row, it becomes a king immediately.

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