# How do pieces move in Draughts?

## How do pieces move in Draughts?

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1. Un-crowned pieces can only move diagonally forwards but can capture diagonally forwards AND backwards.
2. A Queen moves by diagonally traversing any number of unoccupied squares.
3. Capturing is compulsory and where there is a choice, the move that captures the greatest number of pieces must be made.

## What is the origin of Draughts?

Draughts, as we know it, probably began as a game called Alquerque, or Quirkat. Alquerque boards and pieces have been found in archeological digs dating as far back as 600 BCE, and images of Alquerque have been found carved into temple walls dating as far back as 1400 BCE. Many famous men were fond of Draughts.

What is the difference between checkers and Draughts?

Draughts is a British game played by two people on a square board, the draughts are red and black. Checkers is the American name for the same game, American Checkers is played on an 8×8 board with twelve pieces for each player, black moves first.

### Does white go first in Draughts?

The first move belongs to the player using white pieces. Players take turns every single move and the player is permitted to move only his own pieces. In general, pieces can be moved diagonally, forward and be placed on the empty field in the next row.

### Can a single jump a king in Draughts?

Getting one of the checkers to the other side of the board makes it a “king,” meaning it can jump forward and backwards. Single checkers can still jump over kings, just as they can jump over single checkers.

Can you move backwards in draughts?

The player with the black draughts always moves first so players should change colours at the end of each draughts game. The draughts can be moved diagonally forwards one square at a time. They cannot move backwards. Once a piece reaches the opponents back row it is crowned and becomes a king.

#### Can you capture backwards in checkers?

You can capture forwards and backwards. Capturing is obligatory. The player should also choose the most numerous sequence of capturing (to capture as many opponent’s pieces as possible) – it does not matter if the opponent’s piece is a queen/king.

What is huffing in Draughts?

Huffing is a rule used in some board games, such as Alquerque, Asalto and traditional and informal English draughts (checkers). By this rule, a player who fails to make a capturing move when one is available is penalised by having the piece that could have performed the capture huffed, i.e. removed from the board.

## Does White always win?

In chess, there is a general consensus among players and theorists that the player who makes the first move (White) has an inherent advantage. Since 1851, compiled statistics support this view; White consistently wins slightly more often than Black, usually scoring between 52 and 56 percent.

## What are the rules for the first move in draughts?

The first move belongs to the player using white pieces. Players take turns every single move and the player is permitted to move only his own pieces. In general, pieces can be moved diagonally, forward and be placed on the empty field in the next row.

What do all variants of draughts have in common?

What all variants of draughts have in common is the board – similar to the chessboard. Also at the beginning of the game, each player has the same number of pieces. In most variants, players place their pieces and play the game using black fields, although there are exceptions to this rule.

### How many draughts in a game of draughts?

There are two players and each begins the game with 12 draughts, each player having their own colour. The players place their draughts on the three rows of dark squares which are closest to them. The players then begin playing, making one move at a time.

### How are the pieces placed on the board in draughts?

The board is placed between the two opponents so that the near right-hand corner square is white for both players (in the same way as for Chess). Black always plays first. A coin is tossed to decide which player will be black. Each player’s pieces are placed on the 12 black squares nearest to that player.