Checkers were first played in 3000 BCE in what what is now Iraq. The next documented instance of checkers appeared in Egypt. in 1400 BCE. The French were responsible for adapting the game to the classic chess board with alternating white and black squares. Finally, in 1756, an English mathematician wrote the official rules that are still played today. The Checkers World Championship has been an ongoing event since 1840.
How To Play:
Each player starts with 12 red or black pieces on either side of an 8 by 8 chess board. Players alternate turns and can move pieces diagonally in a forward direction. If there is an opponent’s piece next to one of your pieces and an empty space on the other side, you jump the opposing piece and remove it from the board (multiple jumps can occur if available). If a piece is moved to the opposite side of the board then it becomes a “King” piece, signified by stacking another checker on top and it can now move in any direction. A player wins once all of the opposing pieces have been removed from the board.