Checkers Books

CheckersThis popular game is known as Checkers in the United States, and Draughts in much of the rest of the world. It is a two-player game played on a board made up of 64 alternately-colored squares, eight to a side.

Here are some books to help you learn about the game of Checkers, from expert players. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, there's always something new to discover about this fascinating game we love.

Checkers Books

  • Basic Checkers: The First Twenty MovesBasic Checkers: The First Twenty Moves
    Richard L. Fortman's classic 3-move checkers textbook revolutionized tournament and match play, and is still a standard reference for the serious player three decades later. This special reissue corrects typos in the original, using modern typesetting tools not available to Mr. Fortman in his day to achieve a clean and readable presentation. Richard L. Fortman was a six-time Illinois State Champion, and twice World Postal Champion.
  • One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at CheckersOne Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers
    The new edition of this extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook. In only two years, Chinook had become a worthy opponent to the world champion, and within four years had defeated all the world's top human players. Jonathan Schaeffer, the originator and leader of the Chinook team, details the mistakes and technical problems made and the lessons learned in the continuous effort to improve Chinook's performance, revealing the human factor behind the program's design. Schaeffer's unwaveringly honest narrative features new anecdotes, updated material and technology descriptions, and additional photos and figures, providing an engrossing account of an obsessive quest to achieve perfection in computer checkers.
  • Tricks, Traps & Shots of the CheckerboardTricks, Traps & Shots of the Checkerboard
    Champion checkers player William F. Ryan (1907-1954), known as "The Bronx Comet," provides strategies and tips for successful checkers game play in this informative book. Ryan won the American Championship in 1946, the World Championship in 1949, and the world's first blindfold tournament. Checkers is an easy game to learn, but holds its rightful place as one of the oldest and intellectually challenging board games in the world.


Last Update: May 19th, 2011