The Rules in Playing Canadian Checkers

Characterized by many players as both gambling and recreational game, checkers is a board game that asserts the abilities of players to capture all the pieces of their opponents as well as put the other player in a disadvantageous position. Checkers is also known by other people as dama. The mechanics of playing checkers has resemblance with playing chess. They are easy to understand and follow so beginners are ensured that they will not experience hardships concerning learning the rules of this particular game.

Canadian checkers is only one of the many variations of checkers. It is distinct in a way that it uses a different size of checkers boards unlike the other checkers variations. However, it is also similar with the other variants because all the pieces are placed on the dark squares and the movements of the pieces are limited to the dark squares only.

The size of the checkers boards used in Canadian checkers is 12x12. The boards have a total of 144 squares. The squares are shaded with dark and light colors, usually green and white, depending on the type of materials used in the creation of the board. Each player is given 30 checkers. The player who will control the light pieces will make the first move.

The goal of Canadian checkers players is to put the opposing pieces in positions which will leave their opponents with no legal move to make. Players can have an advantage if they are able to promote a piece to a king. This can only happen if the piece lands in one of the squares at the outer row at the side of their opponent's board. If a piece jumps over other pieces and passes through the outer row but never lands there, the piece is not promoted to a king.

Players can capture or take the opposing pieces if there are opportunities that will allow their pieces to jump over the opposing pieces and land in an unoccupied square or space. A piece that has been promoted to a king can move several squares at one time which gives Canadian checkers players advantages over their opponents.

Players are also encouraged and advised to try the other variations of checkers to decide for themselves which of these will help them succeed. Hence, by learning the different rules that apply in the other kinds of checkers, players are ensured that they are in the right track to defeat other players and be victorious.