Checkers Around the World Invented Checkers Variants
Doubles Checkers Game
This Doubles Checkers game variant was
a game designed for two teams of two players
each. The Doubles Checkers board was an octagon
grid with eight parallelograms per side. The
size and shape of the parallelograms adjusted
throughout the octagon to allow total coverage
of the game area.
The doubles checker board contained sixty four
shaded parallelograms. Team mates sat across
from each other, with opponents to the left
and right. Traditional checkers rules that
applied to this game were those for diagonal
movement, jumping and crowning the single checker
as king. However, the octagonal shape of the
doubles checkers board caused the crowning
rows to exist to the player’s
left and right instead of the opponent’s
last row straight ahead.
Each player’s goal was to win by capturing
all the opponent’s checker pieces or by
blocking the remaining pieces on the doubles
checker game board from any further movement.
Though checkers was created so that player’s
could establish their own challenges. This
Doubles Checkers game variation added a new
dimension by incorporating two other players
and the unique play on an octagonal game board.