Checkers Games Around the World
Thai Checkers Game
Thai Checkers game, is played in Thailand
only, it's a checkers game that is very
similar to Spanish Checkers; however, there
are some changes to the basic rules that
make this game unique and also, an interesting
variant of the original game.
Rules of the Thai Checkers Game:
~ The Thailand Checkers Game Board ~
- This Thai checkers version is played
by two opponents on an 8 x 8 checkerboard
consisting of 64 light and dark alternating
- Each player uses only 8 checkers of contrasting colors.
~ The Object of the Thai Checkers Game
- As in other checkers variations, the
objective is to win the game by forcing
the other player into a no move situation
by either capturing all the checkers or
by creating a stalemate position where
the other opponent cannot make any further
legal moves with the remaining checkers
on the board.
~ The Starting Position ~
- The board is positioned squarely between the two
opponents so that the dark double corner is on each
player’s right side and a dark single corner
is on the left side.
- Each player places the 8 checkers on the first
two rows closest to him/her.
- The opponent with the light checkers begins the
game with the first move, and then, afterward, the
players alternate taking turns to make only one move
at a time.
~ Thai Game Moves & Captures ~
- Each Thai checkers opponent moves the
single checkers diagonally forward in a
left or right direction one square at a
time to land on an unoccupied square.
- Neither player may make more than one move at a time.
- In this Thai checkers game version,
though capturing is mandatory, maximum
capture is not compulsory.
- A player may choose the way he/she wishes
to jump the opponent, but it is not necessary
to capture the most checkers in a jumping sequence;
however, once the opponent has chosen the diagonal
on which the checker is jumping, he/she must complete
all the jumps in that path.
- Capturing jumps for single checkers take place in
a forward direction only over an opposing piece if
there is an unoccupied square immediately beyond.
~ Crowned to become King ~
- Once the single checker reaches the last
or king row of the opponent and the move
ends there, this checker is crowned a king.
- The opponent must place a second
checker on top to signify the kingship
of the piece and only when this is
completed, can he/she make a move.
~ King Moves & Captures ~
- Kings can move in a forward or backward
diagonal direction any number of squares
to an unoccupied space beyond.
- Capturing kings move along a diagonal
path by jumping forward or backward over
an opposing checker or king to an empty
square directly beyond the checker.
- Capturing kings must stop on the square
immediately following the checker captured,
but if there are more opposing checkers
on that path, then the sequence must be
completed until all captures are made.
- Kings must never jump over their own
checkers and may only jump over the opposition’s
~ Win or Draw at Thai Checkers ~
though the rules are indeed very similar to Spanish
Checkers, has the following differences:
- A win is achieved if one opponent has
successfully prevented the other player
from making any further legal moves by either
capturing all the checkers or by blocking
the existing checkers from additional moves.
- A draw is the result if both players
agree to it.
- A draw may result if each player has only
one king left and no other checkers.
- Players use only 8 checkers each.
- The double corner is on the right side of each player on the board.
- Maximum capture is not compulsory.
- The king must end its move behind the