When it comes to ancient board games, few come close to checkers.
Popularly known as draughts in the U.K, this cherished and inspiring game traces back to the very dawn of civilization, with remnants of the primeval form of the game discovered in the ancient city of Ur.
Played 1v1 on traditional table tops for thousands of years, checkers can today be accessed anywhere at any time, thanks to the perks of cutting-edge technology and apps such as Quick Checkers.
Although created by equals, Quick Checkers is a game with no equal. And here’s why:
Compete against random players
From time immemorial, checkers has been played for its entertainment value just as much as it has been played for its overriding benefits of memory recall enhancement and improved concentration skills.
Are you the unrivaled checkers master? Put your skills to the test by competing against random players from all over the world.
Supports multiple variations
Given the simple and direct nature of the game, several variations of checkers have been adapted in different parts of the world over the years.
Quick Checkers supports a number of variations of checkers in an effort to accommodate as many diverse players as possible.
Some of the variations currently supported include: American Checkers/English Draughts, International Checkers, Spanish Draughts, Brazilian Checkers, Russian Checkers and Turkish Dama.
Play in exotic locations
Quick Checkers also allows users to play in some of the most popular destinations in the world such as Paris, London, New York, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.
However, in order to gain access to these coveted locations, one will be required to level up and earn experience.
Competitive ranking system
Quick Checkers has a competitive ranking system that helps players monitor how well they are performing compared to other players.
The National ranking system helps players monitor their performance compared to other players from their native country, while the Global ranking system helps them keep track of their performance compared to other players from around the globe.
On top of that, the game also has a Daily League where users get to compete with 50 other players from a similar skill category.
The game has breathtaking graphics and a user-friendly interface, as well as a rapid in-game chat feature that enables you to conveniently keep in touch with friends and other players.
With that said, what are some of the recommended winning strategies?
Dominate the centre
Many a time, you’ll find players starting the game by positioning their checkers pieces at the very fringes of the board, in an effort to steer clear of being captured.
This is however not a fitting strategy, as it will only restrict your options in the grand scheme of things.
As such, the most suitable technique would be to advance your checkers pieces at the centre of the board.
This will push your opponent to the edges, limiting their movement while boosting your chances of capturing more of their checkers pieces.
Proceed en masse
It goes without saying that a number of players can’t resist the urge of advancing with just a single checkers piece in order to reduce the risk of many pieces being captured.
Whilst it may sound crafty, it only delays the inevitable, which is all your checkers pieces being captured.
Therefore, the most suitable thing to do would be to advance your checkers pieces en masse.
That way, you’ll not only be pressing forward as a unit, but also evading capture, owing to the support received from your neighboring checkers pieces.
Aim for the king row
When it comes to checkers, Kinged pieces are the crown jewels of the game.
Accorded a set of privileges in regards to movement and capturing, they are the most powerful pieces in checkers.
As such, your priority at the start of the game should be to get to the king row first in order to merit promotion to a King.
The more checkers pieces you get promoted to Kings, the better your chances of capturing more of your opponent’s pieces, and ultimately winning the game.
Hold your king row in position
Given the liberty granted to Kinged pieces in terms of advancing and capturing, it would be quite cataclysmic to allow your opponent to get their checkers pieces promoted early on.
As you strategize towards getting your checkers pieces promoted, you should at the same time keep your king row intact for as long as possible. This will ensure that you strengthen yourself while keeping your opponent in check, augmenting your chances of winning the game.
Apply forced moves
While applying all the aforementioned strategies, it’s important to note that one should initiate forced moves, like sacrificing your checkers pieces, if it works to your advantage.
In overall, the Quick Checkers app deserves a whole galaxy of stars, but for the sake of sanity, I’ll just give it five.