International Checkers Rules
How To Play International Checkers (International Draughts)
International Checkers plays largely the same as Standard Checkers/Draughts, except that it is played on a larger board (10x10, or 100 squares, vs. 8x8, or 64 squares) and uses more chessmen (20 for each player vs. 12).
Other differences in International Checkers:
- A single checker may only move one space forward, in a diagonal direction, to an unoccupied square (this is the same as Standard Checkers), but may jump an opponent's man, either forward or back (this is different than in Standard Checkers).
- If you have more than one possible move that would capture your opponent's pieces, you must choose the path that will capture the most checkers.
- In a move known as "flying kings", kings can move more than one space along unblocked diagonals.
- If a checker lands in the opponent's last row by means of a jump, it is only crowned as a king if no other moves are available to it. If more jumps are possible, then it must take them, and it will not be kinged. A checker is not kinged unless it finishes a move in the opponent's king row.
- Captured checkers are not removed from the board until all jumps on that move are completed.
The bigger board, larger number of players, and minor rule differences make International Checkers a more strategic (and some would say, more interesting) game than Standard Checkers. International Draughts is thought to be the most popular form of the game worldwide.
International Checkers/Draughts Links
- Damvereniging Denk En Zet Laren
A Dutch-language site that provides hundreds of links to International Draughts information on the web.
A Dutch-language site for International (10x10) Draughts.
- Dragon Draughts
Dragon Draughts is Windows software for playing international (10x10) draughts, with 15+ different playing levels, from beginner to master level. Shareware.
- ItsYourTurn International Checkers Rules
ItsYourTurn.com provides these rules for International checkers. They also provide rules for American Checkers.
- Wikipedia International Draughts
Learn about International Draughts from the free online encyclopedia.
See also: Other Checkers Variants