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Thai Checkers Game

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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 ~

  1. This Thai checkers version is played by two opponents on an 8 x 8 checkerboard consisting of 64 light and dark alternating squares.

  2. Each player uses only 8 checkers of contrasting colors.

~ The Object of the Thai Checkers Game ~

  1. 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 ~

  1. 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.

  2. Each player places the 8 checkers on the first two rows closest to him/her.

  3. 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.
Starting Position Thai Checkers Board
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~ Thai Game Moves & Captures ~

  1. 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.

  2. Neither player may make more than one move at a time.

  3. In this Thai checkers game version, though capturing is mandatory, maximum capture is not compulsory.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ~

  1. Once the single checker reaches the last or king row of the opponent and the move ends there, this checker is crowned a king.

  2. 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 ~

  1. Kings can move in a forward or backward diagonal direction any number of squares to an unoccupied space beyond.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Kings must never jump over their own checkers and may only jump over the opposition’s checkers once.

~ Win or Draw at Thai Checkers ~

  1. 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.

  2. A draw is the result if both players agree to it.

  3. A draw may result if each player has only one king left and no other checkers.
Thai Checkers, though the rules are indeed very similar to Spanish Checkers, has the following differences:
    • 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 captured checker.








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