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Classic game of draughts (checkers) against the computer. The object of draughts is to capture all your opponent's pieces, or to prevent your opponent from being able to move any of their pieces. Choose if you want to go first by making a move, or click the finished button to let computer go first. Have Fun!
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Use your mouse. To move a piece, click once on it and a set of arrows will appear pointing diagonally left and right. You will then find that your mouse pointer will turn into a hand over any vacant square, one space diagonally left or right. If you can take an opponent's draught you will find that your mouse pointer turns into a hand one space beyond them. To move your draught, click on the square you want to move to. Two players each have a set of 12 pieces called draughts. You can choose whether to play white or red with red normally going first. Single pieces may only move diagonally forward one space on any dark square that is not occupied by another draught. To take an opponent's draught, it must be next to yours diagonally and have an empty space in the next square in the same line, so that you literally jump straight over it. The opponent's draught is then removed from the board and will appear at the side as a captured draught. In the standard game, you MUST jump and take an opponent's draught whenever possible (or when the opportunity arises). If after taking a draught you can continue to jump and take more draughts then you must do so. Single draughts can take an opponent's draught only in the forward direction. When your draught reaches the back line of your opponent's side of the board, that piece is made a King. It is shown as a crown symbol on the draught. Kings can move diagonally forwards and backwards one square at a time like a single draught, except when taking, which they can also do, forwards or backwards, diagonally. Single draughts can capture kings.
A primitive board game with the leap capture existed already forty centuries ago. People in Africa moved stones or shells on lines drawn in the sand. Just like we do, they took a piece by leaping over it. This game was not yet draughts, for the pieces moved in any direction and the game did not include promotion. Draughts was born between 2000 and 1500 BC, when an African devised the promotion. From this moment on moving and taking backwards was only permitted with a piece which had penetrated into the opponent's base row. The new game was played on a latticed board with 25 points, the two players each started with 12 pieces, see the plate below. This board was incised into the roofing slabs of the temple of Luxor, built on the western side of the Nile about 1500 BC.
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