Examining the Checkers Board

Checkers is a very simple board game but the thrill and challenge it brings is enormous. To learn it we need first to examine the checkers board and know everything we need about it.

The board comes in different sizes, but they're always in a square form. There are boards that fold in half and there are also fixed boards that don't fold. It has 8 squares in a column and 8 squares in a row—pretty much like a chess board. Squares are also alternately colored white and black. In fact, we can use chess boards for checkers, and vice versa. The only difference is that in chess all squares are used. In checkers, only the black squares are used.

The board should be placed between two players—both the minimum and maximum number of players in the game. It has two sides where both players may each arrange their checker chips or pieces on. Make sure a white square is on the very last space or square of the last row. If so, then the board is properly oriented.

The first 3 rows from the bottom or last row makes the initial square formation where checker pieces are to be assembled at the start. The initial square formation has 12 black squares in all per player. This means 12 checker pieces are to be used in the beginning by each player—4 pieces in each of the 3 rows. The squares between the formation of the white pieces and black pieces are where pieces move forward and engage.

A chess board and its pieces may also be used as a checkers board and pieces, respectively. Initially, we use the 8 pawns, 2 knights, and 2 rooks. That's 12 pieces in all. The rest of the pieces—the king, queen, and bishops—are to be used in the piece conversion.

It's simple to make our own makeshift checkers board. Just gate a hard board and draw squares of 8 rows and 8 columns. Then we color the squares alternately. We begin this by leaving the very last square on the right side of the first row (or the bottom row) blank or without color. Then we color the square next to it. And so on. We should finish with a white or blank square on the extreme left of the top or last row.

When we have become familiar with the checkers board, we're ready to study checker pieces and their movements.