Checkers Around the World
Czech Checkers Game
The Czech Checkers Game (Čech Dáma) is
a checkers version mainly played in the Czech Republic
and the Slovac Republic. The Czech game rules are very
Polish and Spanish
Checkers with some slight variations.
Rules of Czech Checkers Game:
~ The Game Board ~
- Čech Dáma is played on a
standard 8 x 8 checkerboard consisting
of 164 alternating light and dark squares.
- The Czech checkers game board is positioned
squarely between two opposing players so
that the dark double corner is on the right
of each opponent and the single corner
is on the left.
- Only the dark squares are used for game
play and each player has 12 checkers of
~ Object of Czech Checkers Game ~
- As with other checkers games, the objective
of this Czech checkers game is to win against the
opponent by preventing him/her from advancing
any further on the board by either capturing
all the opponent’s checkers or by
blocking moves by the existing checkers
on the checkerboard.
~Starting Checkers Position ~
- Both players place their checkers on
the first two rows closest to the side
- The opponent with the lighter checker
pieces begins the game with the first move
and thereafter, they alternate turns by
moving one checker at a time.
~Game Moves & Captures ~
- The checker can move diagonally forward
right or left onto an empty square.
- Captures are mandatory.
- If there is a choice of capturing with
a queen or with a single checker, then the
player must choose to capture with the queen.
- If there are several ways to capture,
each opponent has the choice of which way
to move; it is NOT necessary to use a sequence
that will capture the most men.
- To capture an opponent’s piece,
a single checker or queen must jump over
the other checker or queen, and the jumping
sequence must continue as long as there
are checkers in the path of the capturing
- Single checkers capture in a forward
jump only provided the checker is adjacent
to the square the opponent’s man or
queen is situated on and there is an unoccupied
square next to it.
- A capturing checker may not jump over
any of the opponent’s pieces more
than once and may not jump checkers of
the same color.
~ Crowned to become Queen ~
- When the single checker reaches the
last row of the opponent and the move terminates
there, then the checker is crowned
which is the same as king in regular checkers
~ Queen Moves & Captures ~
- The queen can move and capture any spaces
- The queen checker can also jump over the
opponent’s checker any number of spaces
diagonally and continue in a sequence of
multiple jumps and captures.
- The queen does not have to land directly
behind the captured checker but can choose
during the jumping sequence to land on
any other square in the capturing line.
- It is not necessary for the queen to
jump over two or more opposing checkers
- The queen can stop on any of the empty
squares following the capture; however,
if a new capture is possible from one of
these squares, then the queen must continue
- The following is a queen capturing move
with before and after checker positions:
~ Czech Checkers Game Win or Draw ~
- As in regular checker games, the winner
in a Czech checkers game is the player
who has successfully prevented his/her
opponent from being able to move any further
on the board by either capturing all the
opposing checkers or by blocking the opponent
from making any future moves with the remaining
pieces on the board.
- A draw is the result if both players
agree to this end or if the same position
has been encountered three times in a row.