How to Play Checkers

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Checkers, the American version of Draughts, and a strategy board game for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. The player with the light colored pieces generally moves first, and play alternates from there. Players move one piece diagonally to an adjacent square. If the adjacent square contains an opponent’s piece, it may be “captured” by jumping over it to the unoccupied square immediately beyond it. The player who can no longer move or no longer has pieces loses the game.

When a piece reaches the farthest row of the board, called the crownhead or kings row, that piece becomes a king and now has the ability to move backwards, and thus capture backwards, unlike regular pieces.

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