Checkers

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When playing a game of checkers, it is important to realize the strategy of how the game is being played. The more chances you have to not be jumped, the better the advantage you have.

The many potential patterns in checkers games are important. Many people that play checkers will start with specific moves for a reason; most likely to give them an advantage to jump the opponents’ pieces or avoid having their own lost. There are patterns that will force the opponent to make their next move a certain way, or prevent them from doing so. In certain cases, it may even be advantageous to have the opponent jump you at the right time.

You can move pieces in a checkers game into groups, each time moving one towards a batch of others. In keeping them together and moving toward the opposite side of the board, this minimizes the chance that you’ll be jumped. Having the opponent spread out their pieces and move around yours gives you a better chance at eliminating their pieces and winning the game.

Checkers board games, and similar games, have been around for a long time. Wall paintings from ancient Egypt show Ramses III playing a form of checkers, and evidence exists that people would play checkers or games similar to it as far back as 1500 B.C.

Straight checkers, commonly known as English Draughts, is the most popular version of this type of vintage board games in the United States. It is also one of the most traditional and fun of all family board games. In this checkers game, players can only move and jump men forward, while kings can be moved forward and backward. Italian style is played in a similar way, but in contrast to the straight version, men cannot jump kings. Russian, International, and Canadian checkers are played on larger boards. Men can jump both forward and backward. Also, a king can cross the board in a single move.

Another version is a Spanish variation in which men move and jump only forward, and kings cross the board in a single move. This is a cross between the other types of the checkers games.

Many different variations exist of the basic checkers board games. Chinese checkers is arranged in a star pattern with all the playing pieces starting off at the edges of the star. Tick Tac Toe is considered to be type of checkers play, as well as Connect 4, where pieces are slid into a vertical plastic board to match 4 of the same color in a row or diagonally. The latter is a great choice for family board games nights as it is very popular among kids.

Various styles of checkers exist too. Lavish wooden checkers sets can fit in well with vintage furniture and other vintage board games in your collection, but the checkers are also easily played on folding boards, magnetic sets, and on small travel kits.


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CONNECT FOUR

CONNECT FOUR $22.99

In Connect Four, the idea is to get four of your own checker markers in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line before your competitor, and you win the match! This is a great first strategy game for children and it is also a perfect intro into more sophisticated games of checkers! CHECKERS

CHECKERS $2.99

This Checkers board game includes a folding checker board playing surface, 24 red and black interlocking checkers made of plastic. Instructions, included.

CHESS AND CHECKERS SET - TRAVEL MAGNETIC

CHESS AND CHECKERS SET - TRAVEL MAGNETIC $7.99

This travel Chess and Checkers Set will enable you to take your favourite family board games on the road with you or wherever you go, really! The compact travel case is tough and lightweight, with plenty of storage space magnetic checker pieces. This clever travel edition of checkers and chess will give you and your family loads of travel-centric fun!

CHESS CHECKERS AND BACKGAMMON - RED & BLACK

CHESS CHECKERS AND BACKGAMMON - RED & BLACK $7.99

This set is the ultimate in vintage board games with Chess, Checkers and Backgammon board games set is the perfect set for enjoying three classic family board games for one ridiculously low price! This chess, checkers, and backgammon set contains all of the pieces and game instructions.

CHINESE CHECKERS

CHINESE CHECKERS $4.50

This game of Chinese Checkers comes with a durable and colorful game board, 60 multi-colored marbles and a set of game instructions.

CHINESE CHECKERS

CHINESE CHECKERS $20.99

This set of the vintage board games set is made of a durable, solid wood board with 60 colorful marbles. This Chinese checkers board measures 12" in diameter, 3/4" thick


CHRISTMAS STORY CHECKERS & TIC TAC TOE COLLECTOR'S GAME SET

CHRISTMAS STORY CHECKERS & TIC TAC TOE COLLECTOR'S GAME SET $13.99

A Christmas Story Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Collector's Game Set commemorates the ultimate holiday movie from our childhood! What better gift to give a loved one, friend or even the hostess during the holidays? The checkers and tic tac tos set includes a double-sided playing surface and custom checker pieces with colorful images of popular movie characters from A Christmas Story. Fun and memorable pieces include "tongue stuck to a frozen pole" snow globes for.

A Christmas Story Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Collector's game set includes:

  • 1 Double-sided playing surface
  • 12 green checkers with bright images of the popular movie characters
  • 12 red checkers featuring bright images of popular A Christmas Story characters
  • 4 Snow Globes for "King-ing"
  • Instruction set in both English and Spanish


    ELVISH CHECKERS

    ELVISH CHECKERS $12.99

    Elvish Checkers utilizes elements of Chess, Checkers, and Go. It is so easy to learn and to play. But the more you do play, the more strategy and depth you will find involved. Play it on a checkerboard type of grid, and each player has a large Village spot that is connected to all four spaces in their back row. Each player has seven Elf and one Stone Man piece. The point of Elvish Checkers game is to move all of your elves into the opposing village. Two Elf pieces can occupy the same spot however the Stone Man landing on an Elf means your Elf or Elves get sent back to their own Village. Elvish Checkers comes with 16 glass and stone play pieces, along with a game mat that doubles as a carry pouch when used in tandem with a cord, supplied.

    THREE-IN-ONE ROUND CLASSIC GAME COLLECTION

    THREE-IN-ONE ROUND CLASSIC GAME COLLECTION $42.99

    The Three-In-One Round Classic Game Collection includes Chess, Checkers, and Chinese Checkers. The classic wood game board is 12" in diameter with Chess/Checkers on one side and Chinese Checkers on the other side. All game pieces are wood, chess pieces are magnetic. The game board comes with two drawers which hold all of the game pieces. Game instructions included.


    BAMBOO CHECKERS

    BAMBOO CHECKERS $5.99

    This Checkers game is made from bamboo - a renewable resource. The game board measures just 5 inches by 5 inches square making it perfect for travel. Game instructions are included.


    CHINESE CHECKERS GAME WITH WOODEN BOARD

    CHINESE CHECKERS GAME WITH WOODEN BOARD $24.99

    This quality set of the Chinese Checkers comes on a solid wooden board with 60 glass marbles, instructions, and a cloth bag for marble storage. Board measures 11 1/2" in diameter and is 3/4" thick.


    CONNECT 4 - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS EDITION

    CONNECT 4 - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS EDITION $25.99

    Play Connect 4 with a SpongeBob spin! In Connect 4 - Spongebob SquarePants Edition, 2 players try to get four in a row upwards, sideways, or diagonally. You can block your opponent with your checkers, or use your SpongeBob Blocker to block many holes at once! Be careful though - if your opponent's checkers stack all the way to the top, they can take away your Blocker! Get four in a row before your opponent to win!

    Contents of Connect 4 - Spongebob SquarePants Edition:

  • * Connect 4 Grid with Base
  • * 21 Pink Patrick Checkers
  • * 21 Yellow SpongeBob Checkers
  • * 3 PS Label Sheets
  • * 2 SpongeBob Blockers
  • * Instructions


    CONNECT 4 X 4

    CONNECT 4 X 4 $23.99

    Connect 4 x 4 doubles the competition and strategy of the classic four-in-a-row game of Connect 4! The checker grid has been doubled and now up to four people can play at the same time. Unique blocker pieces that are two layers thick add to the strategy and can even be used to leave unusable empty spaces below them. A "Connect 4" can occur on either side of the grid or by weaving in and out between grids! Be the first player to create a line of 4 checkers horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to win Connect 4 x 4!

    Contents of Connect 4 x 4:

  • * Double-sided Grid
  • * 68 Checkers (17 of each color)
  • * 8 Blockers (2 of each color)
  • * Instructions in English and Spanish


    CONNECT FOUR - FUN ON THE RUN

    CONNECT FOUR - FUN ON THE RUN $6.99

    In Connect Four - Fun on the Run, try to get four of your checkers in a row, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and you win! This is a great travel-ready first strategy game for children!

    Colors may vary.

    Contents of Connect Four - Fun on the Run:

  • * Game Grid/Storage Case
  • * 21 red checkers
  • * 21 black checkers
  • * Instructions


    TRAPDOOR CHECKERS

    TRAPDOOR CHECKERS $29.99

    Trapdoor Checkers adds depth and an element of random luck to the traditional game of checkers. Players take turns spinning the "randomizer" which determines whether the player will move one of their pieces, or open or close either a green or orange trapdoor. If a trapdoor swallows a player's piece, that piece is history! The first player to capture all of the opponent's pieces or makes the opponent surrender by forcing him to a position where he cannot make any move wins Trapdoor Checkers!

    Contents of Trapdoor Checkers:

  • * 26 Playing Pieces (1 white and 1 black spare)
  • * 1 Game Board
  • * 1 Game Board
  • * Rules


    U-BUILD CONNECT 4

    U-BUILD CONNECT 4 $24.99

    U-Build Connect 4 comes with customizable LEGO-style U-Build bricks that you use to create a unique game experience every time you play! Players start by building a grid using the U-Build bricks that snap into the game unit. Assembly is only half the fun as you build your grid and bumpers brick by brick. Once the grid is built, players take turns dropping their red and yellow checkers into the top of the game and watch as the checker careens down the grid into a row. Adding the bumper arms to the top of the grid helps to steer a checker into a chosen row as you try to get four in a row. The bumper bricks can be used to help a score or can be used as a defensive move to keep your opponent from scoring. Be the first to get four in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to win U-Build Connect 4!

    Contents of U-Build Connect 4:

  • * 158 Building Parts
  • * 21 Red Checkers
  • * 21 Yellow Checkers
  • * 1 Gameboard
  • * 1 Gameboard Stand
  • * Assembly Guide
  • * Game Guide


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