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A checkerboard

A checkerboard (American English) or chequerboard (British English; see spelling differences) is a board of chequered pattern on which draughts (checkers) is played.[1] Most commonly, it consists of 64 squares (8×8) of alternating dark and light color, typically green and buff (official tournaments), black and red (consumer commercial), or black and white (printed diagrams). An 8×8 checkerboard is used to play many other games, including chess, whereby it is known as a chessboard. Other rectangular square-tiled boards are also often called checkerboards.

Games and puzzles using checkerboards[edit]

A game of checkers within the permanent collection of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Martin Gardner featured puzzles based on checkerboards in his November 1962 Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. A square checkerboard with an alternating pattern is used for games including:

The following games require an 8×8 board and are sometimes played on a chessboard.

Mathematical description[edit]

Given a matrix with rows and columns, a function ,

or, alternatively,

The element is black and represents the lower left corner of the board.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Checkerboard".