Multi-Capturing Enemy Pieces in Checkers

To make the game more exciting and faster double-capturing or even multi-capturing is integrated in a game of checkers. It would be worthwhile to take time to master this capturing technique in checkers. What is a double or multi-capture?

In checkers we can capture 2 more enemy pieces in a single turn. Unlike in chess where we are only allowed to capture one piece at a time, checkers recommends aggressive capturing. Some skillful players can strategize to even capture 3 or 4 pieces at a time. This devastates the enemy strategy so much that it can render all the remaining enemy pieces useless.

In a simple version, a double capture is when on the same diagonal line two enemy pieces are positioned one space apart, we are positioned to capture one of them, and it's our turn to act. Instead of just capturing one piece we proceed to capture the other one and hit two pieces in one turn. In a more detailed definition, after taking a piece and landing on a vacant square we find another enemy piece adjacent to the square where we land on available for taking. So we jump past over it, too.

Another double capturing procedure is when two enemy pieces are on two different diagonal directions but with a common intersection point which is a vacant square immediately after the squares they occupy. If we chance upon being able to capture one of them and land on the intersecting vacant square we may proceed to also capture the other one during the same turn.

Another way of looking at it is through the enemy pieces' vertical or horizontal positions. If they occupy the same horizontal line and are a mere square apart also in said direction, they are susceptible to a double capture if we can capture one. Or, if three enemy pieces or more are on the same vertical line and are separated from each other by one square each also vertically; if we can capture one, we can capture all.

Multi-captures may also happen even if the pieces are on different line directions. As long as they are linked with single vacant squares and we can capture one, it will be produce a domino-effect capture. Double capturing is an effective strategy in checkers to quickly decimate enemy pieces and clear the way for our pieces to crown or convert.

When we have familiarized ourselves with double or multi-captures we have better confidence and winning odds in the game.