Other Forms of Checkers in Other Countries

Checkers continue to enjoy popularity today in other countries though called in different names and played in slightly different forms. However, all these checker variants still come from the same main checkers origin.

The Italian checkers is called Dama as in other European countries. The board is oriented so that it is turned at a right angle to the players. This results to a double corner that both players will find to their left. When the checkers are crowned into kings they cannot be captured by non-kings but only enemy kings. In case we are given an option to make several jumps, we must capture as many pieces as possible or capture a king.

In Spain checkers is also called Dama. IIn the time of world conquest, i brought the game to the Far East where it has been called Dama to this day. The board is also oriented such that a double corner is found by both players to their left, as in its Italian counterpart. Kings also can only be captured by enemy kings. In an option of multiple jumps, we must capture a many enemy pieces, or else capture an enemy king. Kings can cover any number of squares diagonally and can jump such long distances.

Another among checkers variants is the Draughts or Polish checkers. This is also called International Checkers. This is played using a 10 by 10 board setup similarly with an English checkers board. Both players have 20 checkers each at the beginning. The initial formation covers the first 4 rows on the board. Ordinary checkers move forward diagonally but are allowed to capture backward.

Kings in Polish checkers, however, can only do long jumps during a capture. As long as vacant squares are right behind pieces to be captured, kings can make any number of captures per turn. Ordinary pieces made to jump over back rows must continue such manner of jumps and can only be made king in like manner after finishing a move.

Canadian checkers, or Canadien Grand Jeu De Dames, is played using the International Checkers rules. The difference is that it uses 12 by 12 checkers boards. The German checkers version called Damenspiel (its Spanish version is the Spanish Pool Checkers) is likewise played like the International Checkers. But this variant is played on an 8 by 8 board and crowned pieces are called queens or dames.

Checkers variants in different countries have interesting differences. We may adopt their special features any time in our own checkers game.