Can You Double Jump in Checkers? (Official Rules For Play)

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Looking at a checker’s board, you see 64 squares in a 8×8 grid. There are alternating colors of either white and black or red and black pieces that you will play with. Those at least are the most common colors you will see with most games but some specialty ones will have different colors or emblems on the regular pieces.

Each player will have 12 checkers to start the game and they will each choose the color that they want to begin the game with.

You will set up the checkerboard with 3 rows of 4 starting with the row closest to the player and putting the pieces on alternating squares that match the other player’s checker color. The object of the game is to capture all of the opponent’s checker pieces or to make it impossible for their pieces to move on the board. 

This is because if you cannot move any of your checker pieces that are on the board you immediately lose the game.

Each player will take turns moving their pieces one at a time. Each person must move before the opponent will be allowed to go. 

Looking at the game as an observer, you will probably think that it’s a relatively easy game, and that is true… until you start to learn the rules and consider all the different moves that you could make.

Checkers and chess are the two most popular board games ever made. They have been around for generations and most of the time if you can’t figure out chess than you will start to play checkers. With over 3 million chess sets sold each year (according to the AF4C) and 50 billion checkers sets sold overall (according to Moneyinc) its impossible to deny their popularity.

While chess is a bit more difficult to learn, most beginners have no problem picking up on the concept of checkers. However, if you are new to playing checkers you will likely still have a ton of questions.

Some of the more common questions deal with jumping. It is important to know when you can jump, whether you have to jump, or even whether you can do multiple jumps at once.

Can you double jump in checkers? What about triple jump moves? Is it even possible to do a quadruple jump while playing the game?

When playing checkers you can double, triple, or quadruple your opponent’s pieces as long as you don’t land in the king spot on the last row on the other side of the board. If you have a single piece your turn ends when you get to that king row as you are then “crowned”

The only restriction on jumping is that you must stop jumping when you reach your opponent’s back row on the game board. When you jump into that open space you have to stop jumping as that piece will become a “king”. 

Not only can you make a single jump, double jump, etc. but you actually have to keep jumping and take every available jump according to the official regular checkers rules.  In checkers you are required to take any available jumps over an adjacent piece even if that means that you place your piece in jeopardy of being taken on the next turn. 

If you are next to a player’s piece and there is an empty space on the other side then you MUST take that jump opportunity and take the piece. 

However, if your piece is already a king then you make as many jumps across the board as is possible with that piece. Matter of fact, your king can jump unlimited distances as long as there are empty squares and jumps that you can take. 

A king can double jump, triple jump, quadruple jump, etc. all in a single turn.

If you become a king part way through your jumping spree you have to stop. When you are crowned your turn ends so you can’t get back to jumping your opponent’s checker pieces until your next turn. 

To capture or jump a piece in checkers is mandatory when playing the game. It’s how you advance and win the game. The goal is to jump or capture the opponent’s pieces so you can win the game. 

If you can’t jump the different pieces, then you want to make it so that the opponent will have no other options available to their piece, making their piece immobile. 

If you are able to block all of your opponent’s pieces where they have nowhere to move then you automatically win the game.

And boy, is it a glorious feeling when you win the game, and get to gloat the rest of the day to your siblings how you beat them!

To capture an opponent’s piece you have to jump over it into an empty square. Then when you are on that square you can jump another piece if you can. When you jump your opponent’s single checker piece you will then remove that piece from the board.

Then you can brag about your awesome move!

But if you can jump once, is it possible to double jump? Triple jump? Wait, is it even in the rules to do a quadruple jump? 

The board would have to be set up just right to be able to get more than a single or double jump, but if you play your pieces just right, that possibility can become a reality. 

When you do your first jump, you see the opponent’s piece on a diagonal square directly beyond your piece going the same direction and the square behind it empty, and then you can complete your jump. Now if there’s another of your opponent’s pieces in front of your current piece you’re using and you see the same set up that was seen previously, you may jump again. 

That will give you a double jump. 

Now if you’re still holding onto your current piece and look further from where you landed and see, again, the same option open to you, you can do your third jump! If you still haven’t made it to the end of the board, and after completing the third jump, you are still holding your piece, and now you see again your opponent has so nicely set you up with a piece that needs to be captured and it’s on a diagonal that’s going forward and the spot behind it is free, go ahead and capture it with a quadruple jump! 

You just made a quadruple jump! Your opponent’s jaw may be all the way on the ground, and you may have to help him or her up from the shock of your amazing prowess on the board, but you it can be done.

Although it’s quite rare.

When you play your game of checkers, be aware of the surroundings of your pieces. When making a move, you may be able to do more than one jump all in one turn! It’s always exciting to know that you can do more than previously thought. 

Hopefully you’ll be able to amaze your opponents with how well you can play and win the game!

Can You Double Jump in Checkers? (Official Rules For Play)

Is It Better To Go First Or Second When Playing Checkers?

You see the opportunity to play checkers, and you are available to play! You quickly get to the board, and see your opponent is already setting up his pieces. 

Seeing he already has his color picked out, you get the other set of the colors and begin to set up your side of the board. Your 12 pieces are finally set up, and then you’re asked the question… “Do you want to go first or second?” 

This causes you to hesitate as you really don’t know which option is the best! The agony of the decision weighs on you as you deliberate your options. 

But seriously, when you take yourself out of the equation, you ask yourself which is the best option? Is it better to go first or second when playing checkers?

The goal of the game of checkers is to jump or capture your opponent’s pieces or make it impossible to make them move. You want to capture as many as possible, so you have a greater chance of winning, and also to advance your options when playing. 

But which is the better choice when you start the game? Is having the first move the greater advantage, or the second?

Moving first is always an advantage. You get the chance to set the board in the direction you wish and  you get to put your opponent on the defense as he now has to think about how you’ve moved. 

However, as you play the game a lot of possible moves are weak. With this situation, what you perceived as strength may actually open yourself up to weakness. If your opponent sees your moves with weakness that may be easily overcome, then he may be able to overcome you and therefore win the game.

It really will have to be your decision. If you already know your opponent and are confident that you will win, then definitely go first! He may not be able to spot your weaknesses. 

But if you’re in a situation where you don’t know your opponent so well, maybe you should let him go first and you go second. This way you have the opportunity to study your opponent and look for weaknesses that you may conquer. 

Since there are so many moves in checkers, you have endless options for winning. Hopefully your opponent will not be easy to beat. If you don’t win, then you have the opportunity to learn and add moves to your repertoire. 

Either way you are able to take advantage of whichever option is the best in your situation. Even if you lose, then you are able to make a new decision the next time you play. 

Can You Get A Triple King In Checkers?

Did you know that there are 500,000,000,000,000,000,000 different combinations of moves in Checkers? That’s 500 quintillion moves! That’s a huge amount of options that are available when playing the game of Checkers. 

If all you know are the basic Checkers rules, you may find that an impossible number. However, as you learn more about the game, you will discover so much more than you originally thought and also that you have more options to defeat an opponent. 

One of the basic moves taught to new Checkers players is becoming a king. That’s when you have a single checkers piece successfully crossing to the opponent’s side of the board, thereby becoming crowned king. 

But can that crown get any higher? Is it possible to become a triple king? If so, do you get any extra benefits to that triple king? Such an important question deserves an answer.

In the normal game of checkers your checker piece can only become a king and there is no such thing as a double or triple king. However there is a variation of checkers called Tiers that allows you to get multiple layers of kings every time that you cross the board. 

In the Tiers checker variation if you can successfully get your single checkers piece to the opponent’s end line of the board, you then have that piece be crowned a king. 

Then you have all the benefits of becoming a king which includes being able to jump your opponents pieces in any forwards and backwards diagonal position that’s available. That is a very handy ability to have when playing the game. 

But now that you’re crowned king, is that the limit to your abilities? Not in the Tier variation! 

Getting to one end of the board is a challenge itself, but now challenge yourself to get back again to your side of the board. 

Take out as many of your opponent’s pieces as possible in your journey back! That’ll help you to win!

If you can successfully get to the opponent’s end, and then make the journey back to your original end, your king’s crown becomes a little higher! 

You get to add a third piece to your stack. Officially, you have earned the title “Triple King!” But are there any new moves you get to explore with this new status for your triple king? 

With a triple king in the Tier version of checkers of course you can still jump your opponents pieces and go forwards and backwards. But now you get to add two new components to your arsenal. 

Your triple king can now get friendly pieces to travel faster AND you can jump two enemy pieces that are right next to each other in the same diagonal direction at one time!!! 

This gives your game a whole new element to help you win. Being a triple king can boost your collection of enemy pieces, and hopefully be a deal breaker in winning against your opponent.

Getting from one end of the board and back again can be a challenge, but it’s definitely doable. It comes with another fancy piece added to your original crown making it a triple king. 

No more puny single king for you! You have a future that you can think of further than the common king! Not to mention that you now have two new moves available in your arsenal against your opponent. 

Being able to jump two pieces at once is a huge development in your game. Of course helping friendly pieces move faster is an added bonus. 

That’s the benefit of playing the Tier variation of checkers. 

Hopefully now you can win your next Checkers match and maybe become a king in your own right. Who knows? Maybe being a triple king will become your new secret weapon you can unleash to win!

Matthew R

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