Where to Play Checkers Online
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Official Play Checkers
• As in tournament regulation
play, a checker can only move forward diagonally,
one space at a time, to an empty adjacent dark
square in the next row.
• However, if there is already an opponent’s
checker or King on an adjacent square in line
with this play, the checker piece must be jumped.
• Checkers and Kings must not jump over their
• When there are two or more potential moves,
the player may choose whichever play is the
most strategically beneficial to his/her play,
regardless of the number and type of checkers
that can be captured.
• A checker piece is ‘Kinged’ when, through a move or
completion of a jump, it reaches the ‘crownhead’ or
last row of the board; this action completes
• The opponent must then ‘crown’ the checker
by placing a piece on top of it.
• If the opponent fails to complete this play,
then such play must be put back until the checker
that should have been crowned is indeed crowned.
• The player’s time does not commence until
the intended crowned piece is crowned.
• A King can move in any direction within the limits
of the checkerboard and can jump one or more
men in any diagonal direction on the board.
• When no checker is available for crowning,
the referee must provide one for the play.
Where to Play Checkers Online
Below are good links to
where you can play checkers and chess online.
Girls Play Checkers
In 2004, girls play checkers in Curacao. The 4th Pan-American Draughts/Checkers Junior
Championships were held in Willemstad, Curacao. Each participating country could
represent their homeland checkers association by two boys and two
girls, whereas Curacao, as the hosting country, could have three
or four checkers players, should the number of competitors be
uneven. The participants had to be 19 or under. Players could not
turn twenty during the year of the tournament. The checkers
competition would consist of a Swiss system of play with nine
rounds of games to be completed by each contender. Considering
this was a youth play checkers tournament, the prize money to be awarded to
the winners was a nice bonus for these young checkerists:
$1000, $700, $500, $300 and $200.
Old Champions Play Checkers
The earliest game of Checkers past (United States and Canada) or Draughts
(Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand) was created somewhere between
2000 and 1500 B.C.E. when the nature of promotion was incorporated into
the play in Africa. Suddenly, the play checkers rules changed so that moving and
taking backwards could only be accomplished when a checker had penetrated
into the opponent’s king rank. This new game of Checkers or Draughts was
played on a latticed board with 25 points and the two opponents each
started with twelve checkers or playing pieces. So began the play of
checkers in the checkered past.
Ron King from Barbados plays checkers the best of all times.
Play Checkers in Schools
In their teaching checkers to children article, the American Checker
Federation posed these questions: Parents, how do you get your kids
away from mind numbing TV and computer games? Teachers, how do you
raise those SAT scores while letting your students have fun? And
youths, how can you learn and do what your parents tell you to do
while playing games with friends? The answer to all these questions
is TEACHING CHECKERS.
Perhaps no one has been more instrumental in teaching
how to play checkers for kids in the U.S. than Robert
Pike of Chula Vista, California. The former Checkers
Champion has been teaching the checkers game to children
in schools for several years with excellent results.
The positive effect that learning to play checkers,
has made in many children’s
lives is evident in the following letters commending
the value of the game: Dawson wrote a newsletter
about how to teach and play checkers. We are in the
middle of another initiative, which is capturing
the excitement of me, the students and staff - play
checkers! For a variety of reasons, students are
noticeably more impulsive than they were when most
of us began our professional careers in education.
To counteract this and also to enhance the problem
solving and spatial intelligence of our students,
we have developed an initiative to teach all of our
students how to play the game of checkers. Many studies
are beginning to surface indicating a connection
between high reading and other academic scores and
playing checkers and chess. We are very fortunate
to have as a resident of Holden, Mr. Bob Pike, former
Massachusetts Checker Champion and author of several
books on playing checkers. Mr. Pike has conducted
a workshop for all of the teachers and is currently
in the process of conducting hour long classes with
every grade one through grade five class. He teaches
the history of the game, the academic skills the game
reinforces, the rules of the game and key pieces
of strategy, and concludes by playing a game with
the class using a large board with Velcro checkers
that he has designed.