Various Types of Basic Boards for Checkers

Checkers is a good board game to limber up our minds. For enjoying simple checker games we need not spend a lot. Basic checkers boards are good enough to allow us the unique amusement the game can afford.

Most basic boards for checkers are made of ordinary plywood rendered strong by applying a glossy lacquer finish on the outside. In thickness, they may come in half inches or one-fourth inches thick. They usually measure 15 by 15 inches to make the square design bigger and easier to play on. The checker pieces that come with the board are plain wooden or plastic chips without surface design with a checker pouch to store the pieces in when not in use.

Basic boards are cheaper, usually ranging from $20 to $25 only. They are presentable enough for playing the game, though probably not as a home furnishing. Deluxe checker boards are of high quality materials, like hardwood maple or walnut, because they are intended also as furnishing for home or office. Deluxe checker pieces are mostly of Birch wood more than an inch diameter each. They are mostly of natural varnish to achieve an antique look.

Other basic checkers boards are made of simpler materials. Some are of illustration or gray boards foldable at the middle. They are wrapped with a silken material on the main face and a sturdy felt material on the back for an elegant look. Some are covered with morocco paper.

Some are of thinner Bristol boards with thicker plies to further lessen the cost. The important thing is that the basic components are there—the 64 squares of alternating colors (black or red and white) and the 24 checker pieces.

Some people have a better idea. They buy a little bit expensive chess board—of hard quality dark wood—and make it their checkers board, too. The chess and the checker boards are basically the same, both using 8 squares horizontally and 8 squares vertically with alternating colors.

The chess pieces can also be used as checker pieces, with major chess pieces acting as "crowned" checker pieces. Chess boards have algebraic notations on two of its 4 edges. Though checkers has a different notation system the chess notation may be applied to checkers as well.

Whatever their type, make, and size, as long as they have the basic 64 alternately colored squares along 8 columns by 8 rows of squares, they will do. They will make perfect basic checkers boards to enjoy wholesome games of checkers with.