American Checkers or English Draughts is a board game played by two people, on opposite sides of a playing board, alternating moves. One player has dark pieces, and the other has light pieces. Pieces move diagonally and pieces of the opponent are captured by jumping over them. The playable surface consists only of the dark squares. A piece may only move into an unoccupied square. Capturing is mandatory. A piece that is captured is removed from the board. The player who has no pieces left or cannot move anymore because all of the checkers are blocked loses the game. If neither player can take all the opponent's pieces or block them, then the game is ruled a draw.
Pieces move one step diagonally forwards and capture other pieces by making two steps in the same direction, jumping over the opponent's piece on the intermediate square. Multiple opposing pieces may be captured in a single turn provided this is done by successive jumps made by a single piece. The pieces can only capture forwards. When men reach the crownhead or kings row (the farthest row forward), they become kings, marked by placing an additional piece on top of the first, and acquire additional powers including the ability to move backwards and capture backwards.
Click on the piece that you want to move, and then click on the destination square. For a multiple jump, click on each intermediate square and then on the final square.
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