Turkish draughts

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Turkish draughts board and starting setup

Turkish draughts (also known as Dama) is a variant of draughts (checkers) played in Turkey.

On an 8×8 board, 16 men are lined up on each side, in two rows, skipping the furthest back.

Men can move forward or sideways one square, capturing by means of a jump.(But they can't move backwards) When a man reaches the back row, he is promoted to a king at the end of the move. Kings may move any number of squares forwards, backwards or sideways, capturing by jumping over any piece and landing in any square within permissible path beyond the captured piece.

Pieces are removed immediately upon capture. If a capture is possible, it must be done. If several ways of capturing are possible, the one that captures the most pieces must be chosen. No difference between king and man is made in capture; they count as one piece each. If there is more than one way to capture the maximally possible number of pieces, then the player may choose which to take.

The game ends when a player has no legal move left, either because all his pieces are captured or he is completely blocked. The player's opponent wins the game.

Unlike other draughts variants, since enemy pieces are removed immediately upon capture; as pieces are captured and removed from the board, it is possible to cross the same square (previously occupied by a captured piece) more than once (empty the 2nd time and afterwards) in the same capturing sequence. A captured piece is removed from the board before the captor continues jumping; its removal may open up additional captures previously impossible.

Within a multicapture, turning 180 degrees between two captures is illegal.

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