Rules to play Checkers
1. The Board
The checkerboard has 64 alternating light and dark squares. The game is played on the dark squares.
Official tournament checker boards are 16 inches wide with alternating green and buff squares.
The board should be placed so that there is a light corner square nearest each players right hand side and a dark corner square nearest each players left hand side.
Each player starts out with 12 playing pieces. One player has light colored pieces called white and the other has dark pieces called black although the pieces may actually be red. Each player starts with their pieces laid out on the 12 dark squares nearest him or her.
Official tournament checker pieces are one and one quarter to one and a half inches in diameter.
3. First Move
The player with the black pieces moves first. Randomly determine who gets the black pieces first. Use a coin toss many authors say to cast lots. When playing a series of games, the players alternate who gets the black pieces.
4. Time Limits
In official games, five minutes are allowed for each move. In the case where there is only one possible jump available, the player has only one minute in which to make it. The player needs to be made aware that the time limit has been reached. Then, if the player still has not moved after another minute, that player loses the game.
5. Touching Pieces
Before the first move is made, either player can adjust the position of any piece on the board. After the first move, no player can adjust any piece without intimation. In other words, you just need to say youre going to adjust a piece before you do it. The player who adjusts a piece without intimation can be warned for the first offence, but will forfeit the game on the second offence.
If the player whose move it is touches a piece that can be played, the player must move that piece or forfeit the game.
If any part of a playable piece is moved over the angle of its square, the piece must be played in that direction.
When the players hand is withdrawn from the board, the move is ended.
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