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A Jump above the rest
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Advantages: Can be played anywhere!
Disadvantages: Not as exciting as Chess...if you can call chess exciting...
English draughts (or checkers) is usually played by two people on opposite sides of a playing board, one has black pieces and the other has white or red. Players take it in turns to move their pieces diagonally; opponent's pieces are captured by jumping over them with one of your own.
The Board -
The game is played on an 8×8 grid, with alternating black and red squares, called a checkerboard. The playable area consists of the 32 dark squares, the reason for this is that for each player, the left and right corners encourage different strategies. This 8x8 grid is shared with chess; most commercial chess sets include draughts as a secondary game.
The pieces are usually made of a hard wood and, they are flat and cylindrical and usually split into one darker and one lighter colour. Traditionally, they are coloured red and white, but red and black ones are common. The light- and dark-stained wood pieces are supplied with more expensive sets, although I personally don't own one of these. There are two classes of pieces, these being 'Men' and 'Kings'. The Kings are usually differentiated by attaching two pieces of the same colour together, stacked one on top of the other. On some occasions however the pieces are engraved or painted on the reverse side so the player simply has to turn the piece over.
Each player starts off with 12 separate pieces, with one piece on each dark space for the three rows closest to their own side. The row closest to each player is called the 'Kings row' with the black player moving first.
Moving Pieces -
There are two ways of moving a piece, the easiest of which involves sliding a piece one space diagonally forwards to an adjacent unoccupied dark square. A jump is a move from a square diagonally adjacent to one of the opponent's pieces to an empty square on the directly opposite side of their piece, thus you have 'Jumped' over the square containing the opponent's piece. A regular piece can only jump diagonally forwards, but a king can also move diagonally backwards. A piece that is jumped is classed as captured and is removed from the board, multiple-jump moves are possible if, when the jumping piece lands there is another enemy piece that can be jumped. If a jumping move is available, it is compulsory that the move is made, even if other moves are available. The jumping sequence chosen does not have to be the one that involves the most captures; however, the player must make all available captures in the chosen sequence.
If a player's piece moves into the king's row on the opposing player's side of the board, that piece is 'Crowned'. That piece then becomes a 'King' and with it gains the ability to move both forwards and backwards on the board. If a player's piece jumps into the king's row, the current move terminates; the piece cannot continue until the next move.
Winning the game -
A player wins by capturing all of their opponent's pieces, or by leaving the opposing player with no 'Legal' moves as explained above.
My Opinions -
The Game is actually very easy to learn and play, but don't let this fool you, it is great fun, it is quite fulfilling when you perform a combination of jumps. The look on your opponents face when you eliminate 25% of his pieces is priceless, although it could happen to you so don't boast too much.
Unlike games such as Monopoly the board can be very small and you only need a little spare space for a game, this makes it ideal for travelling. Some boards are magnetic meaning the pieces won't slip off the board if the car goes over a big bump, although the pieces included in these travel versions are often incredibly small and easy to lose, so take care. They should also be kept away from young children; the pieces are small but have tiny magnets in them, which I'm sure wouldn't be good for their digestive systems.
Although I prefer chess over Draughts, simply because there is far more skill involved, the game can still be quite challenging and tactical. In some cases you can move one of your pieces into a position to be taken, forcing the opponent to make the move. This could conclude however with their pieces being positioned so you can do a multiple take, therefore having the ability to see a few moves ahead is the key, just like in chess.
Each game is likely to last around 10-15 minutes depending on how long each player takes to make their move; some of my games have lasted around 30 minutes, simply because it started getting so competitive. After a game you simply need to place your
Pieces on their starting positions, thus you can be playing another game within a minute, rather than having to shuffle and organise your playing cards for example.
A typical game can be purchased from most supermarkets, toy shops or online game sites such as Amazon or Play, they will cost you usually less than £10, although some of the more expensive ones could cost you around £30-£35. I personally like the look of an expensive set opened on a glass coffee table, although a chess set looks better.
Overall the game is great fun and has an easy learning curve, you can play it almost anywhere and it break your bank.
Summary: Pick it up and have a few games.
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