Moving Checker Pieces to Engage and Triumph

The main goal in checkers is to have at least one of our pieces as the last piece standing at the end. Unlike in chess where we have to checkmate the king, in checkers we simply aim to finish them all. Here are basics on moving our checkers to victory.

Of course, we have to start with basic starting formation. All 12 checkers should be lined up in four pieces on each of the first 3 rows on the board. The opponent does the same. Player with black pieces acts first. The pieces in front should always be the first to move. Middle or rear pieces cannot be our first move. Checkers cannot jump over any piece, enemy or ally, except when capturing enemy pieces or moving as a crowned or converted piece. We cannot just jump over and capture any enemy piece. It has set rules.

Checkers are only allowed to move forward, never backward, and always diagonally, left or right. Hence, after a move, checkers should always land on a black square, never on a white square. At the start of a game the checkers have 8 black vacant squares in the middle of the board to move onto. The front pieces have one square to travel before they can engage the enemy. When moving our checkers we need to be aware of capturing rules.

When engaging the enemy we can only capture if an enemy piece is right in front of our piece, its rear square is vacant, and it's our turn to move. If a vacant square is between our piece and an enemy piece no capturing is allowed either from us or the enemy. One piece must move forward to the vacant square and have the square to its rear vacant for a capture to take place.

It's not possible to capture or jump over an enemy piece which has an ally piece directly to its rear. Hence, in checkers, it is a good strategy to move ally pieces in tandem for defense and protection. If we have a piece threatened with a capture we cannot move it backwards for protection. Instead, we look for a nearby ally piece to move to its rear to foil the capture.

Thus, basically, we move our checkers forward diagonally for advancement and capturing. These are the basics in moving our checkers to engage and overcome enemy pieces. When we have accustomed ourselves in checkers movements we are ready for advanced checkers strategies.