The Power of Corner Positions in Checkers

One powerful positioning strategy in checkers is to always take corner positions and squares on the edge of the board. These are the safest places on a checkers board. Here are several reasons why.

Corner squares and those on the edges have no danger of being captured by ordinary enemy pieces or crowned pieces. The requisite for a capture by an ordinary piece is that a free or vacant square should be immediately at the back of the piece to be captured. With captures by a crowned piece it's at least a square behind the piece to be captured. Thus, because a piece on a corner or edge square has no square behind it, it is free from being captured.

However, during a forced capture challenge even a piece in a corner or on an edge has to respond accordingly. At least, being so situated, it has a big chance of breaking even in an exchange of capture, or even being ahead without suffering capture. If it gets captured coming from a corner there's a slim chance of the enemy making a double capture. But a challenged piece in a corner has better odds of making the same.

A positioning strategy in checkers using corners or edges on the board is a safer path to travel going to the other side of the board compared to taking central routes. Thus, as mush as possible, we ought to position pieces at the sides and try to get to the corners inside enemy territory through the squares on the edge. Pieces in the center should often be for blocking the central attacks of the enemy. But pieces for crowning ought to take the sides.

Even crowned pieces should also often take corner and edge squares for safety. Taking center squares exposes them to single as well as double captures especially from enemy crowned pieces. In fact, even ordinary enemy pieces can easily capture them—or make them among double captured pieces—if they remain centrally positioned on the board. It is better to make them glide from corner to corner, or edge to edge. Especially after a capturing mission, make sure crowned pieces immediately occupy a corner or edge square.

Squares in corners and on edges are effective factors of a positioning strategy in checkers. We should always consider using the 14 squares available on edges and the 6 corner squares as refuge sites and safe launching points on the checkers board.