The Complete Guide to Checkers

Rules, strategy tips, and more resources for Checkers players.

Checkers, called Draughts in most countries, has been traced back to the 1300s, though it may indeed stretch further into history than that.

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    Mid adult couple and children playing draughts at dining table
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    These are the standard U.S. rules for Checkers, played on an 8x8 board with 12 checkers per player.

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    While Checkers is technically a "solved game" -- which is to say, a computer has been programmed that will never lose a game -- most humans do not have such a computer at their disposal. For this reason, you might appreciate Seth Brown's tips on how to win at Checkers.

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    There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of places to play Checkers online, both against human opponents and against artificial intelligence opponents. These are my favorite places to play the board game Checkers online.

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    Learn how to set up a checkers board and determine who goes first when you play in this video from Paul Sampson.