Checkers Strategy

1. Focus on crowning more pieces than your opponent

In checkers, the person who has more kings also has the advantage. Try to crown as many pieces as possible to increase your chances of winning the game.

2. Keep your back row in place until you need to move those checkers

impossible for your opponent to crown his or her pieces if your back row is occupied, so this strategy will prevent your opponent from getting the advantage too soon in the game. You will also have more movement options left when you do start moving your back row pieces.

3. Advance pieces in close groups and in tandem

Two pieces "in tandem" are adjacent to each other on a diagonal line. Keeping pieces near enough to form tandem in one move makes it much harder for your opponent to capture them.

4. Trade checkers when you're ahead

It's obvious that trading one of your checkers for two of your opponent's checkers benefits you, but even trading one for one is useful if you had more checkers to begin with.

5. Control the center of the board

If you keep a few pieces near the center, you will keep your options open and be able to move rapidly to whichever side of the board needs your attention. Likewise, preventing your opponent from placing pieces in the center will deny him or her this advantage.