Rules to play checkers

The Board
1. The checkerboard has 64 alternating light and dark squares. The game is played on the dark squares. Official tournament checker boards are 16 inches wide with alternating green and buff squares. The board should be placed so that there is a light corner square nearest each players right hand side and a dark corner square nearest each players left hand side. .....
Pieces
2. Each player starts out with 12 playing pieces. One player has light colored pieces called white and the other has dark pieces called black although the pieces may actually be red. Each player starts with their pieces laid out on the 12 dark squares nearest him or her. Official tournament checker pieces are one and one quarter to one and a half inches in diameter. .....
First Move
3. The player with the black pieces moves first. Randomly determine who gets the black pieces first. Use a coin toss many authors say to cast lots. When playing a series of games, the players alternate who gets the black pieces. .....
Time Limits
4. In official games, five minutes are allowed for each move. In the case where there is only one possible jump available, the player has only one minute in which to make it. The player needs to be made aware that the time limit has been reached. Then, if the player still has not moved after another minute, that player loses the game. .....
Touching Pieces
5. Before the first move is made, either player can adjust the position of any piece on the board. After the first move, no player can adjust any piece without intimation. In other words, you just need to say youre going to adjust a piece before you do it. The player who adjusts a piece without intimation can be warned for the first offence, but will forfeit the game on the second offence. If the player whose move it is touches a piece that can be played, the player must move that piece or forfeit the game. If any part of a playable piece is moved over the angle of its square, the piece must be played in that direction. When the players hand is withdrawn from the board, the move is ended. .....
Jumps
6. Pask, p.122, states, All jumping moves are compulsory. Every opportunity to jump must be taken. In the case where there are different jump sequences available, the player may chose which sequence to make, whether it results in the most pieces being taken or not. Hopper, p. 102 and Pike, p. 113 both mention the huff or blow. Hopper says it is obsolete. Pike says it has been abolished. The idea of the huff was that if a player refused to make an available jump, the opposing player could remove the piece that should have jumped. In modern checkers, all jumps must be taken. Reinfeld does not mention forced jumps in his rules, however, elsewhere in the book, p. 18, he makes it clear that In checkers, captures are compulsory. In American checkers, a jump must be made only over an adjacent piece. A piece cannot jump over empty squares. Although no one actually says so, it is strongly implied that single pieces cannot jump backwards. .....
Kings
7. When a players piece lands in one of the squares at the far end of the board, its move ends there and it becomes a king. A king is allowed to move or jump in any of the four diagonal directions within the limits of the board. A king cannot jump over one of the players own pieces. .....
Win or Draw
8. A player wins by either capturing all of the other players pieces or putting them into a position where they cannot move. A player can also win if the other player resigns or forfeits the game as a result of a violation of the rules. A game is declared a draw when neither player can force a win. Pask, p. 123, says that a draw can be declared any time both players agree to it. Hopper, p. 103, and Reinfeld, p. 181, say that when one side appears stronger than the other, the player with the stronger position is required to show a decided advantage within 40 of his own moves or else the game is declared a draw. These judgments are to be made by a referee. Pike, p. 113, says that the player with the weaker side may request the 40 move count of the referee. He also says that the requirement is for an increased advantage within 40 moves, rather than the decided advantage. Pask, p. 123 says that its a 50 move rule. He further refines the concept of the advantage that must be demonstrated if neither side has advanced a piece towards the king row and if no pieces have been removed from the board within 50 moves, the game is a draw. He also adds another set of conditions under which a draw can be declared A draw shall be declared if a player can demonstrate that with his next move he would create the same position for the fourth time during the game. .....
Conduct of Players
9. After it is decided who makes the first move, neither player is allowed to leave the board without the permission from the other player. Pike, p. 144, says that the referee needs to give permission. If a player leaves, that player may be accompanied by the other player, the referee, or a designee.

Neither player is allowed to distract the other. Examples include making signs or sounds, pointing, and unnecessary delays when moving a piece that has been touched. Pike, p. 144, says that players are allowed to smoke, but care must be exercised not to blow smoke across the board. A player who annoys the other player must be warned. On the second offense, the player forfeits the game. .....

Conduct of Spectators
10. Spectators are also bound not to distract the players by talking, smoking, hovering over the board, making signs or sounds, etc. A spectator who does so may be removed from the room. .....
Taking a Turn
11. Typically the darker color pieces moves first. Each player takes their turn by moving a piece. Pieces are always moved diagonally and can be moved in the following ways Diagonally in the forward direction towards the opponent to the next dark square. If there is one of the opponents pieces next to a piece and an empty space on the other side, you jump your opponent and remove their piece. You can do multiple jumps if they are lined up in the forward direction.note if you have a jump, you have no choice but to take it. .....
Sit across from your opponent
12. The board and checkers should be in between you and your opponent. Before you set up the board, you should determine who goes first. You can do this based on who won the last game, a coin toss, or by any other method. The person who will go first will take the black checkers and the other will take the red.Though some people believe that the player with the red checkers should go first, traditionally, the player with the black checkers always goes first. .....
Set up the board
13. The board is made up of 64 alternating dark and light squares which appear in 8 rows of 8. There are 32 light squares and 32 dark squares. Each player should have the light square on the right side corner closest to him or her. The checker pieces will only move on the dark squares, so each player should set up his pieces on the 12 dark squares in the first three rows closest to him or her, setting up three rows of 4 checkers.Since the board has 8 rows, 6 of the rows will be taken up by the players checkers, leaving two open rows in the middle of the board. .....
Take turns moving the checkers
14. Checkers can only move diagonally forward, and can only move once during a non capturing move. The checkers will move in the direction of the opponents checkers. Checkers can change which direction theyre going diagonally, but they must still always move forward. .....
Jump your opponents checkers
15. You can jump your opponents checkers or make a capturing move if your checker is located just one diagonal space behind your opponents checker, so that you would still move forward to capture the piece. To capture the piece, just jump over it by moving two diagonal spaces in the same direction, effectively hopping over your opponents checker. Once you capture the checker, you can take it off the board.

If you have the opportunity to jump your opponents checker, then you have to take it. If you have the opportunity to jump your opponents checker in multiple parts of the board, then you can choose which checkers youd like to jump. If youre capturing a checker, you can still only move forward once. But if the new position you land in gives you a direct opportunity to capture another checker, then you can keep going until you cant jump any more of your opponents checkers. .....

King your pieces
16. To crown your piece to make it king, simply place one of your own captured pieces on top of it, so its easily distinguishable because of its height. The king can still only move horizontally on the black squares, but he can move forward and backward, so its easier for the king to capture the opponents checkers.

Kings can still only move one diagonal space at a time during a non capture move. However, when a king is capturing checkers, it can move forward and backward on the same turn. Some checkers sets have a crown on the back of the checkers, so you can just flip a piece over once its crowned to designate it as the king instead. There is no limit to how many crowned pieces you can have. .....

Continue jumping
17. Once you have done this, youve won.A less common way to win is when all of your opponents pieces are blocked so that you opponent cant make any more moves. Another less common way is when all your checker pieces still remaining make it back to the starting line. .....
Dont play defensively
18. Though a beginner may be tempted to keep his pieces at the edges of the board and to try to avoid the opponents checkers as much as possible, you wont lose if youre afraid to seize an opportunity, and your opponents checkers wont get captured on their own.Instead, be bold and try to capture your opponents checkers whenever you can. .....
Move your pieces together
19. If you move a stray checker a few squares forward without moving the rest of your checkers, that piece will be vulnerable to capture. Instead, try moving your checkers together think of them as a row of phalanx. If they move together, it will be harder for your opponent to capture your checkers, and if your opponent does still manage to capture your checker, then youll have a piece waiting to capture his checker as well. .....
Keep a full back row for as long as you can
20. This is the best way to keep your opponent from crowning his pieces and to capture any opposing pieces that approach the back row. .....
Know when to sacrifice your pieces
21. Theres a right time for you to sacrifice your checkers. If youre ahead in the game, or even dead even with your opponent, dont be afraid to sacrifice a piece if it means youll be able to capture your opponents piece right back. Keep the forward momentum going. Do what you can to avoid having your king captured. The king is much more valuable than a regular checker. Dont trade pieces if it will make it easier for your opponent to king a piece. Trade one for two. Give up one of your pieces if it means you can capture two of your opponents pieces in return. .....
Focus on the kings
22. You should focus on crowning as many of your pieces as possible, as well as on keeping your opponent from crowning his pieces. This should be a priority as you advance in the game. However, dont crown your pieces if it means losing several checkers on the way. Be strategic about knowing when to crown your piece. .....
Dont forget to block
23. If your opponents pieces are blocked, he will lose a turn. Try to keep his pieces blocked if you can, and you can work on capturing more of his pieces or crowning your own. .....
Keep practicing
24. Though theres no fool proof way to win at checkers every single time, the more you play, the more youll understand how to strategize. If you want to be a checkers expert, you should try to play as much as you can to improve your game. Try playing with someone above your skill level. This will challenge you and will force you to pick up your game. .....
Watch an expert
25. Watch an expert checkers player kick up his game, either in person or on television. Youll pick up a lot of pointers just by watching an expert maneuver his pieces. .....
Starting position
26. Each player starts with 12 pieces on the three rows closest to their own side. The row closest to each player is called the King Row. The darker colour moves first. .....
How to move
27. A player can move in two ways. A piece can be moved forward, diagonally, to the very next dark square. In some variants, if one players piece, the other players piece, and an empty square are lined up, then the first player must jump the other players piece. In this case, the first player jumps over the other players piece onto the empty square and takes the other players piece off the board. However, this is an uncommon ruleset not commonly observed in the Americas. A player can also use one piece to make multiple jumps in any one single turn, provided each jump continues to lead immediately into the next jump and in a straight line. Sometimes a player may have the option or a choice of which opponent piece he must jump. In such cases, he may then choose which to jump. If you keep your hand on any piece when youre moving, you have the choice to put it back and move another piece. .....
How the game ends
28. The first player to lose all of his or her pieces loses the game. If a player is put in a position where they cannot move, they lose.If the players have the same amount of pieces, the player with the most kings wins. If the players have an equal number of pieces and the same number of kings the game is a draw. .....
Game Draw Rule
29. Draw rule, a draw is declared if both Checkers opponents mutually agree at any point during the play to such a conclusion of the game. Draw rule, a draw is declared if a Checkers player can show that his next move would also create the same position for the fourth time during the game. Draw rule, a draw is declared if a Checkers player can show that the following holds true Draw rules, neither Checkers player has moved a Checker forward towards the King Row during the preceding 50 moves. Basic draw rules, no Checkers have been removed from the checkerboard within the 50 preceding moves. .....
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