Canadian Checkers

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Canadian Checkers board and starting setup; White moves first.

Canadian Checkers (or Canadian draughts) is a variant of the strategy board game draughts. It is one of the largest draughts games, played on a 12×12 checkered board with 30 game pieces per player.[1][2]

History[edit]

The game was invented by the French settlers of Quebec, Canada; it was named Grand jeu de dames.[3] It is unknown when the game was first played in Canada. The huff rule was dropped in 1880 after a dispute developed during the Canadian championship match.

The idea of an increased-size international draughts game is older still; boards with 12×12 squares were on sale in London in 1805.[1]

Game rules[edit]

Further information: International draughts § Rules

Canadian Checkers follows the same rules and conventions as international draughts, the only differences are the larger gameboard (12×12 squares instead of 10×10), and more checkers per player (30 instead of 20). The starting setup is shown in the diagram.

Square IDs for game notation

Notation[edit]

Games are recorded using the same method of notation used by other draughts variants, extended for a board of 144 squares (see diagram).

See also[edit]

  • Hexdame—international draughts rules applied to a hexagonal board

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murray (1978), p. 81.
  2. ^ Diagram Group (1975), p. 39
  3. ^ Mohr (1997), p. 49

Bibliography

  • Diagram Group (1975). "Canadian Checkers". In Midgley, Ruth. The Way to Play. Paddington Press Ltd. ISBN 0-8467-0060-3. 
  • Mohr, Merilyn Simonds (1997). "Canadian Checkers". The New Games Treasury. Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 1-57630-058-7. 
  • Murray, H. J. R. (1978). "§4.3.8 Canadian draughts". A History of Board-Games other than Chess (Reissued ed.). Hacker Art Books Inc. ISBN 0-87817-211-4. 

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