Object of the Game: Capture all of your opponents pieces.
How to Play: The game checkers is so iconic that it hardly needs explanation.
For Early Stage Players:
Most of us have probably played checkers at some time in our life. Even if it has been some time since our last game the rules and the object are likely still familiar. Mild and even some moderate stage players will be able to play checkers as intended, though their proficiency will decline.
It is a fairly simple game, but does provide a challenge, and that challenge, in turn, stimulates the brain and cognition.
For Later Stage Players:
The familiarity of the board and the pieces will provide comfort of nostalgia, and may inspire some memories and conversation – always a good thing. If a game proves to be too challenging, try setting up some scenarios with just a few pieces. For example, does your loved one realize that he can triple-jump your pieces in the photo and get crowned?
History of the game — Many believe that the earliest form of checkers (now known as UR) was discovered in an archeological dig at the ancient city of Ur in Iraq dating back to 3000 B.C. In Medieval times, the board was much larger and heavier than today’s, and was even used as a weapon by ill-mannered noblemen.
Reference is made to games being played in Homer’s Odyssey as well as Plato’s writings. In American history, checkers was enjoyed by the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Edison to name a few. So if you take pleasure in the game of checkers, you are in good company.
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