This is often the first strategy board game that we are
taught as children. As we move up to chess
or backgammon and it's easy to think that this game is too simple to return
to. I played this over Christmas and was surprised at how enjoyable and
difficult it was. If you have any kind of games compendium then draughts
should be included, otherwise a board and counters are not too difficult
to forage for.
A Game for 2 Players
It made it's first appearance in France, during the
12th century. It is taken very seriously in the proper circles. There
are tournaments every year where champions can see as many as 15 of 20
Draughts is played on a 64 square chess board. Take
12 counters of one colour and place one on each of the black squares in
the first 3 rows of your side. Your opponent does the same.
The object of the game is to capture all of your opponent's
pieces or block them so they cannot be moved. Pieces are always moved
diagonally, 1 square at a time, towards the opponent's side of the board.
You play the entire game on the black squares, you do not need the white
You can capture an enemy piece by hopping over it.
Capturing is also done on the diagonal. You have to jump from the square
directly next to your target and land on the square just beyond it. Your
landing square must be vacant. The piece captured is removed from the
board. If you are able to make a move that results in a capture then you
It is legal to capture more than 1 piece on a single
move so long as the jumping piece has vacant landing spots in between.
You cannot take 2 in a row you must land and "take off" again.
The pieces are removed. If you are able to make a move that results in
a capture then you must.
If you can get a piece all the way to the other side
of the board, that piece becomes a king. Place a previously captured piece
on top of the existing one in order to distinguish it from your other
pieces. This piece can move backwards or forwards diagonally. Towards
the end of the game all the pieces will be Kings, which changes the strategy
Capture all your opponents pieces.