Play Checkers Online
Checker Tournament Rules
Originally, checkers was played more in
the format of a casual, recreational game
where the opponents developed the ‘Go
As You Please’ checkers fundamentals
of style. In this, each player would make
the opening moves of preference and by adhering
to the strongest openings and best book moves,
unfortunately, more often than not, caused a draw.
Even in tournament play, lengthy series of drawn games
between overcautious experts happened far too often and
removed an element of challenge from the checkers game.
As a result, this ‘Go
As You Please’ checkers fundamentals method
of play was considered impractical for serious tournament
competition and so, in the late 19th century, led to
the introduction of methods that would force more varied
and daring styles of fundamental play. Hence, restriction
play was introduced, which made the checkers game more
challenging and certainly, the outcome less predictable.
However, six of the Two Move fundamental restrictions
were “barred” from
competition because they were considered to be too
one sided and two other restrictions forced the loss
of pieces outright.
In the Two Move checkers fundamental restriction, the
first move of each player is chosen randomly or by
chance from a possible forty seven playable combinations
and the competitors must begin each game with this
chosen fundamental opening. Black can choose from seven
opening moves and White has the choice of seven responding
checkers fundamental moves.
In American Checkers competition, the Two Move restriction
was also found lacking so that now modern tournaments
use the Three Move fundamental restriction. The Three
Move or American, restriction is an extension of the
Two Move restriction, wherein the first three moves
of the competition are chosen at random from a list
of about 150 prescribed openings. These playable combinations
have added a new dimension to the play Checkers online
tournament matches around the world.