About Checkers

Checkers is also known as Draughts. It is thought to have originated from an ancient game called Alquerque or Qirkat.

Play the classic Checkers board game

Play against the computer or versus a friend!

Play Checkers online
Checkers Online Game (click to play)

Start game

This free game opens as a web page. No installation. No flash player needed. Mobile friendly.

How to play Checkers and Draughts

To start a game:

Press the play icon on the startup screen.

Select game mode: Play against a friend (2 player game) or play against the computer (1 player game).

Checkers game basics

The game is played by two opponents who faces each other on opposite sides of the checkers gameboard. One of the players has the dark color pieces and the other one has the light color pieces.

The two players alternate turns in the game. It is not legal to move an opponent’s piece. A player can move a piece diagonally to an adjacent unoccupied square. If one of the opponents pieces occupy that adjacent square, and the square immediately beyond it is vacant, the opponents piece may be captured and removed from the game by jumping over it.

It is only legal to move pieces on the dark squares of the checkers board. A piece may move only diagonally into an unoccupied square, and capturing an opponents piece is mandatory in most official rules. The player without pieces remaining, or who cannot move, loses the game.