29 Jul

Dama or Türk Daması is a variant of Checkers played in Turkey.  It is very popular and there are clubs in Turkey and Germany organizing tournaments. A fun and easy game that dates back to the 12th century.   The concept of checkers is simple, but you can use strategies to improve your chances of winning. 

Dama is played on an 8x8 board with alternating dark and light squares. Players start with 16 men that are lined up on each side, in two rows, skipping the furthest back. The white or light color side moves first. Men move 1 space straight forward or sideways. They may jump in the same directions over an adjacent piece to an empty space immediately beyond. The piece which is jumped over is captured. A 카지노사이트 series of jumps with the same piece may be done in a single turn. Pieces are removed immediately upon capture. If a capture is possible, it must be done. If several ways of capturing are possible, the one that captures the most pieces must be chosen. 

When a man reaches the back row, he is promoted to a Dama. It may move any number of squares forwards or sideways, capturing by jumping over any piece and landing in any square within permissible path beyond said piece. But sometimes it can even be worth sacrificing for position. While new players should be careful not to sacrifice checkers needlessly, sacrificing a checker to clear a path to be kinged is well worth it. A Dama piece is incredibly powerful, and generally speaking, the player who damas more checkers will win.  

The winner is the last player to complete a legal move. Normally a player loses when all of his pieces are captured, thus leaving him with no legal moves. But a player also loses if his remaining pieces have no legal moves. A less common way to win is when all of the opponent's pieces are blocked so that opponent can't make any more moves. 

Play an offense game, not a defense game. Work on capturing your opponent’s checkers rather than going out of your way to defend your own. It’s okay if some of your pieces get captured as long as you capture more of your opponent’s pieces. Though there's no fool-proof way to win at checkers every single time, the more you play, the more you'll understand how to strategize.

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