Checkers dates to the 12th century. The game evolved from the English game 'Draughts' and the French game 'Alquerque'.
Benefits of board games
- Provide a leisure activity for adults, children or mixed age pairing or groups
- Provide competitive play
- Require hand-eye coordination
- Require strategy
- Provide a venue to develop and improve social skills
- Improves memory
Checkers basic rules set opposing the pieces on the same color board squares in two rows. Alternating turns, players move pieces forward on similarly open spaces. A player must jump and take a piece when an open spot exists beyond the opponents piece. Pieces move in one direction. Reaching the far side, a piece is crowned creating a two piece stack. The 'king' may then move forward or backward on the board. Last player with pieces on the board wins.
Average game time: 10 - 30 minutes
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