Learning to Use Checker Board Notations

Studying more about checkers through checker literature is advisable. We get an in depth knowledge of the game and help us develop better strategies. In view of this, knowledge of the checker notations is a must.

Notations are how the usable squares on the checker board are numbered to locate the moves of our checkers. When we look at an actual checkers board we won't see numbers written on them. But checkers literature frequently makes mention of checker diagrams and often show them in the literature with designated numbers. Referring to it we are able to trace on our own checkers board the piece movements that the literature is talking about.

Movements and strategies in actual checkers tournaments are recorded. This is done through what they call "notations" and published for the public to study side by side with their checkers board. We may also do this with our own plays to be able to track our progress in the game. Thus, checker notations are important for the serious learner.

Notations are done this way: from the upper left-hand side of the checkers board, notation is begun on the second square. The first square is a white, so we skip that one and begin on the next square—a black one—because only black squares count in checkers. That square we designate as square 1. The next square is another white square, so we skip that one. Next to that is a black square we designate as square 2. In short, we number only the black squares. Hence, the black square next to square 2 is designated square 3, and so on. The last square at the lower right-hand row is designated square 32.

Mentally we may form this diagram and follow notations accordingly. Just remember that the checkers board has 8 rows. Each row has 4 usable squares. Thus, the first row, left to right, has 1 to 4. The second row has 5 to 8. The next row has 9 to 12. And so on. For instance, if we read or hear that a player moved from 7 to 11 (or 7-11), that means a piece was moved from second to third row. With this system it will be easier to locate what square on the board is being referred to.

Knowledge of checker notations is a must if we want to benefit from a lot of checkers literature. It's easy and convenient to use and very pro-like.