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History of Checkers
Checkers happen to be one of the oldest games known to man. It can be traced to the early civilization for the history of checkers. It has not been known about the exact rules of the game at 3000 BC. There was a similar game that used 5x5 board which was known as Alquerque that existed in ancient Egypt and that too at 1400 BC. It was found that the Egyptian version became so popular that it was played by man for thousands of years. After some time an innovative Frenchman planned to play the game on a chess board in the year 1100 AD. The number of pieces was also increased for each player to 12. This game which got modified was known as “Ferses” or “Fierges.” This was more considered as a women’s social game and hence also termed as, “Le Jeu Plaisant De Dames.” It was later in the course of time that the game was made more challenging where the jumps were made mandatory where it gave birth to a new version.
Checkers are still played in different countries where it proves to be very interesting for all age groups. It is also found in the stores where parents try to give it to their child so as to increase their brain power and mental activity. It really helps a lot in providing the best effects to the mental health as it is one of the most important and useful mind games. Coming back to the history of the checkers, many books were written on this game as early as the mid-1500s. It was in the year 1756 a treatise was written on draughts by an English mathematician. The game got settled in England and America where it was termed as ‘Dauaghts’ and ‘Checkers’ respectively.
As years went by, it was found that the game steadily rose in popularity and it was at that time of the year when the award for the first championship was given. It was later noticed that there were certain openings that proved to be more advantageous to one side. This was noticed by game enthusiasts where new rule was implemented in order to begin the game in a random manner. So for this, it came up with the restrictions of two moves for expert players. However it has been seen that there are three move restrictions that have been prescribed in modern tournament checkers.
It was the year 1952 that proved to be a landmark year when the first checkers program was created by Arthur L. Samuel that was used by a computer. It was found that there lots of improvements which were found for these computer games because of the increase of the computer speed and capacities. It has been found that nowadays the data base information is found to be more relying on where combinations are possibly moved when 10 pieces remain on the board. Thus it has been found that checkers have entered practically every home through online where the game results were found to be draw or even defeated the best players. So checkers continued to be popular amongst the people all over the world where different versions of the games are played by them in order to entertain themselves in the best way.