Checkers and draughts - basic rules

Checkers, also called Draughts, is one of the most popular board game for two players in the world. If you want to check out or learn basic rules of checkers, you are in the perfect place.

Checkers and draughts - basic rules

There are a few variations of checkers, but all popular ones have 2 things in common.

  1. A board 
    A checkerboard consists of 64 or 100 squares.
  2. Basic moves
    Ordinary pieces move diagonally forward, only on the dark squares of the game board.

A checkerboard with an arrow suggesting a move


Let's focus on the 3 most important variants of checkers (draughts).

Below you can find video lessons and articles describing rules and tips for beginners: how to set up a board, move your pieces, capture opponent's pieces and, of course, how to win a game. There are also helpful examples, so you will easily understand how to play checkers.

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