Learning to Block to Oppose a Forced Capture

A forced capture may be very tricky. It usually triggers a double or multiple captures once we bite into it. Forced captures, instead of making us gain, often leave as worse off than before we did it. Here are some effects of forced captures and a checkers block strategy to counter it.

A tricky forced capture offered by the enemy will seem inviting and advantageous at first. The procedure is for the enemy to offer us a piece that can be easily captured. If we fail to see the overall picture we would think that this is a good opportunity to be ahead of the enemy. So we sank our teeth deep into the bait. We capture it. But after we do, only then do we see the Pandora's Box that we have messed up with—it led us right into a deadly trap.

The deadly trap often comes in the form of a series of captures with us ending up beaten by a piece or two. Or, it leads right into a double-capture or even multiple captures against us. Or, it ends up worsening our position and improving greatly that of our enemy's. A tricky forced capture is something we should look out for and avoid falling into. It is powerful because it is backed up by a checkers ruling.

When an opportunity to capture an enemy piece is present and it's our turn, a checker ruling says we have no right to ignore it. We have to take the chance—whether it turns out good or bad for us. This ruling enforces a tricky offer for a forced capture by the enemy to us. But we can thwart this with a checkers block strategy. Simply put, this is a technique to block the offer for a forced capture by using an ally piece to prevent the offer from happening.

So before the enemy can step forward on a vacant square in front of our piece to offer a forced capture, we use another piece nearby to occupy the said vacant square ahead of the enemy. This destroys the enemy's plan and forces the same to strategize somewhere else. We have successfully blocked and prevented a whole chain of negative aftermaths from working against us. Thus, blocking takes a lot of systematically pre-determining or predicting the enemy's plans.

A checkers block strategy is an effective antidote against a dreaded tricky forced capture. The key is to move ahead of the enemy.