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English draughts (British English) or checkers (American English and Canadian English), also called American checkers or Straight checkers, is a form of the board game draughts. It is played on an 8×8 square board (with sixty-four total squares) with twelve pieces on each side. The pieces move and capture diagonally. They may only move forward until they reach the opposite end of the board, when they are crowned and may thereafter move and capture both backward and forward. As in all forms of draughts, English draughts is played by two opponents, alternating moves on opposite sides of the gameboard. The pieces are traditionally black, red, or white. Enemy checker pieces are captured by jumping over them. A player wins by capturing all of the opponent's pieces or by leaving the opponent with no legal move. The checker game ends in a draw if neither side can force a win, or by agreement (one side offering a draw, the other accepting).
In tournament English draughts, a variation called three-move restriction is preferred. The first three moves are drawn at random from a set of accepted openings. They are playing two sets with the chosen opening, each player having a turn at either side. This tends to reduce the number of draws and can make for more exciting matches. Three-move checker restriction has been played in the United States championship since 1934. A two-move checker restriction was used from 1900 until 1934 in the United States and in the British Isles until the 1950s. Before 1900, checker championships were played without restriction: this style is called go-as-you-please (GAYP).