Rules for Checkers
The rules of Checkers vary according
to different customs. Therefore, the game leader may determine the set of rules
to be used. The set of rules may be chosen or changed by clicking on the "Rules"
option in the 'pop-up' menu and indicating which set of rules wish to be followed.
After the leader changes the rules, the new set of rules will
be displayed for the second player.
The following rules are flexible:
- Pawn (regular piece) is able to move
- Pawn (regular piece) can take another
piece by moving backward (Yes/No)
- The King can move a number of squares
at a time (Yes/No)
In addition, there are a number of rules that cannot be changed:
- The King can move/take pieces backwards
- Pawn/King can take a number of pieces
in one movement
- A player must take the opponent's
piece when in a position to do so. This rule also applies to multiple moves.
The computer will not allow the player to make another move until this has
been completed. After crowning (replacing a Pawn with a King), a player is
not permitted to continue a multiple move.
Joining a Game
A game will not begin until two participants have joined.
The first player to join the game is designated the 'leader'
and uses the black pieces. The second player uses the white pieces. The black
player starts the game.
During their turn, each player moves one piece at a time. In order to move a
piece on the board, the player must choose a piece using the mouse. The piece
will be highlighted when the mouse clicks on it. After the piece has been chosen,
the player must then choose the destination square.
If an illegal square is chosen, an 'error' sound effect will
The sound effect will be deactivated when the piece has been
chosen again. The cursor will change form when a legal destination square has
In order for an opponent to be defeated, the player must take the opponent's
pieces. When a player takes the piece of an opponent, there will be an animation
of the player's piece 'jumping' onto the opponent's piece. The opponent's piece
will be in 'death-throes'.
Replacing a Pawn with a King (Crowning)
When one player's pawn successfully reaches the other side of the board, the
pawn is replaced by the opponent's King.
Concluding the Game
When a player wins a game, there will be a animation signifying the player's
victory. At the conclusion of a game, the leader must choose 'New Game' to begin
a new game. The leader also has the option of starting a new game at any stage
Players may stop/continue animations by pressing the Visual FX button.
Players may stop/continue voice effects by pressing the Sound
Each player may make the following declarations during the course of the game:
The declarations of one player will appear in the 'pop-up'
window of the second player. The second player has the option of either accepting
or rejecting these declarations.