Standard Board Elements and Their Use in Checkers

Boards for checkers come in various types, designs, and sizes. There are boards used for different occasions. But all of them have common board elements. Here is a summary of common but standard things found on checkers boards.

First are the squares. Standard boards have 64 squares but only half of them, 32 black squares, have use in the game. White squares are not used except for keeping all black squares a square apart. Only 12 checkers or pieces are given to each player and arranged on the playing sides of the board. The players should each find a white square on the lower right corner of the board. When the board is set this way the top and bottom sides of the board are the playing sides.

Three rows of squares on each playing side are the camps or territory where the pieces are to be arranged. These are 12 black squares. If we divide the board vertically in half we have 6 squares on the left and 6 on the right. We may base our attack strategy using this area concept. Or, we may divide the board in half horizontally to establish an imaginary border. This falls between the fourth and fifth rows. We may base our crowning strategy on this area concept.

Boards for checkers have side squares. These are strategic squares found on both sides of the board—4 on the left and 4 on the right. Pieces sitting on these squares are less likely to be in danger of being captured. The second column next to the side squares are considered semi-side squares. The rest of the squares are central squares. Thus, strategically, we may divide checkers boards in 3 parts: The 2 side areas and the central areas. This strategic way of dividing the board is used for both attacking and crowning purposes.

Checkers boards also have notations for recording and locating purposes. This imaginary notation is from 1 to 32 and starts on the first black square at the upper left hand of the board. From this square it goes to the right and onwards until it reaches the last black square at the lower right hand of the board. Notations provide clear definitions of each piece's movement from start to finish.

No matter what design, size, and make boards for checkers come in they all have the above standard board elements. The functions of the elements also stay the same regardless of the board type.