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Parachute Checkers Game

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Parachute Checkers brings a new dimension to the original checkers game ~ a Parachutist checker is added to the play and a new purpose changes the nature of the board game yet again.

Parachute Checkers Rules of Play:

~ Parachute Game Board ~

  • This parachute checkers variant is played by two opponents on an 8 x 8 standard checkerboard consisting of 64 alternating light and dark squares.

  • The parachute checker game board is positioned squarely between the two players so that a dark double corner is situated to the right of each opponent and a single dark corner is to the left.

  • Each player begins the game with twelve checkers: four parachutists and eight single checkers.

~ Parachute Checkers Starting Position ~

  • Each player places the four parachutists on the opponent’s first row and the other eight single checkers on the next two rows up on his/her own side of the board.

~ Object of Parachute Checkers Game ~

  • The game objective is to capture as many of the opponent’s checkers as possible.

~ Game Moves & Captures ~

  • Each parachutist waits in the opponent’s base for the chance to suddenly capture one of his/her checkers.

  • The only valid move that a parachutist can make is to capture an opposing piece at either the seventh row or the second row.

  • Once the jump has been made over the opposing checker, the parachutist must land on the square directly behind the captured piece; this move is the same as the king move in regular checkers.

  • At the end of the capture, the parachutist becomes a single checker and moves according to the rules in Czech Checkers.
Parachute Checkers board before attackParachute Checkers board after attack
Before the parachutist attack…     After the parachutist attack…
  • A single parachute checker can move diagonally forward left or right to an unoccupied square directly adjacent but each player must make his/her moves carefully in the beginning because the opponent’s parachutist will be waiting to attack.

  • Once the parachutist has attacked and successfully captured an opposing piece, it now takes the position of a single checker and can make regular moves across the board.

  • The parachutist attack should be well-planned because once it has become a checker, it can also be situated in a vulnerable place between opposing pieces.

  • Capture is compulsory and if there is a choice between jumping over a queen or a single checker, then the queen must be captured first.

  • If there are several ways to capture the opposition, then the opponent has the option of which way to move; it is NOT necessary to capture the most checkers possible in one move.

  • Single checkers capture in a forward jump only as long as there is an empty square immediately beyond the opposition.

  • When a single checker reaches the opponent’s last row, it is crowned Queen as long as the move terminates there.

  • The Queen has the same power as a King in normal checkers.

~ Queen Moves & Captures ~

  • The Queen can move and capture any number of spaces diagonally across the checker board.

  • The Queen does not have to land directly behind the captured checker but can choose to land on any other square in the capturing line during the jumping sequence.

  • It is possible for the Queen to stop on any of the empty squares following the capture of the opposing checker(s); however, if a new jumping sequence is present, then the Queen must continue the capture.

~ Parachute Game Win or Draw ~

  • The winner is the player who has successfully captured all the opponent’s checkers or blocked the remaining opposing pieces so that no further move is possible.

  • If a stalemate occurs, then the opponent with the most captured pieces wins the "Parachute Checkers" game.


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