Enjoy a game of checkers and play various editions of this classic board game at FunnyGames. Place your men on the board and hop over your opponent’s pieces to capture them as you advance to the other side. If you love strategic board games, be sure to check out our chess games page as well. We also have a great collection of backgammon games. Did you know that before board game sets were so commonly available, players used the stones from backgammon sets to play checkers? Keep reading to find out more, or start playing right away!
Checkers: and ancient game
Checkers is sometimes also referred to as English draughts. It is one of the oldest board games in the world and appears to have existed for thousands of years. Stone checker boards have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and board games that appear to be a lot like draughts are referred to in texts written by Homer and Plato. Of course, the game has changed somewhat over time, and different rules apply in different regions and tournaments around the world. In tournaments, such rules were often introduced to force moves and prevent players from being too cautious.
Checkers: How to play
Checkers appears simple at first glance, but it’s a strategic game in which you have to think ahead before you move your pieces. The game is played on a checked board with 64 squares. Each player has 12 pieces (called ‘men’), and each piece can only move diagonally. The aim of the game is to capture all of the other players men by jumping over them to remove them from the board. If one of your men reaches the other end of the board, this piece will be ‘crowned’. The piece is then referred to as a ‘king’, and gains the ability to make successive jumps. Usually, you crown a piece by putting another piece on top of it, but some checkers sets have pieces with a crown painted on one side so that you can flip a piece over to show that it’s a king. The player who runs out of pieces first loses the game.
A real game of skill
Enjoy this ancient game and skill and think ahead as you strategize and plan your moves across the board. Here, you can play a number of different variations on checkers, or check out our board games page for more!