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Facts about Checkers

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Computer programs, first developed in the 1950s, have proven stronger checkers players than their human counterparts.

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The game became fundamentally the same as modern checkers when the rule requiring the capture of opposing pieces was added.

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Pharaonic Egyptians also played a checkers-like game called Alquerque on a five-by-five board.

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English draughts/checkers is played by two people on opposite sides of a playing board, alternating moves.

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At the time of the earliest Egyptian pharaohs, a popular, checkers-like game called Alquerque was played on a five-by-five board.

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Later, the rules for checkers became fixed and the game found a ready pool of players in Great Britain and America.

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Marion Tinsley, world checkers champion from 1955-1962 and 1975-1991, won a match against the machine in 1992.

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When a rule requiring the capture of opposing pieces was added to the game, rather than making this optional, it became the same as modern checkers.

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Carbon dating of a game similar to draughts/checkers discovered in an archaeological dig in the Iraqi city of Ur dates to about 3,000 B.C.E.

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