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Checkers: Glossary

Board
The playing surface. Typically, a 64-square checker board is used, though some checkers variations use larger boards.

Capture
To jump an opponent's checker then remove it from the board.

Checker
A playing piece used to play checkers. Also called a "man".

Checker board
See Board

Crown
To place a second checker on top of a checker that has reached the final row of the board (the king row). The checker then becomes a king. Some players use the expression "kinged" rather than "crowned".

Double jump
Two jumps made one after another as part of the same move.

File
A vertical column of squares.

Jump
See Capture.

King
A checker that reaches the king row becomes a king. We say that checker is "kinged" or "crowned". A king can move backwards or forwards.

King row
The last row on the checker board. When a checker reaches the king row, it is crowned and becomes a king.

Man
A playing piece used to play checkers. Also called a "checker".

Quadruple jump
Four jumps made one after another as part of the same move.

Rank
A horizontal row of squares.

Resign
To concede or forfeit a game.

Triple jump
Three jumps made one after another as part of the same move.


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