Written by Timothy J. Rogers.


Who moves first?
The red pieces always move first in Checkers
Which side do I play?
If you want to play the red pieces, start by moving a red piece. If you want to play the white pieces, click anywhere on the upper half of the board (the computer will move a red piece).
Do I move by clicking on a piece?
Use the mouse to drag a piece where you want it to go. When you let up on the mouse button, the computer thinks it's the end of your turn. So, when you jump multiple pieces (for example), you need to drag your piece from the start square, over the first piece you want to jump, and into the empty square beyond it, and then over the second piece you want to jump, and into the empty square beyond that. You should release the mouse button only when you are finished making all your jumps.
How do I play?
You don't know how to play checkers? Okay, okay. Checkers is played on the dark squares only. A piece may move one square at a time, diagonally. If one of your pieces is next to one of your opponent's pieces and the square beyond it is free, you are required to jump over the opponent's piece. The opponent's piece is then removed from the board. It is possible to jump many times in a row with the same piece, capturing several of your opponent's pieces.

In the beginning, pieces can only move and jump forward. However, if a piece reaches the far end of the board (in your case, the top), then it becomes a king. (In checkers, a king is usually signified by stacking two checkers one on top of the other. In this program, the king has a star on it.) A king is allowed to move and jump diagonally backwards and forwards. Kings can be captured like any other piece.
How do I win?
You win by capturing all of your opponent's pieces, or by blocking them so that they cannot move.
What version of checkers is this?
This is straight, American checkers. No long jumps.