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Draughts, also known as checkers, is a classic board game that has been enjoyed by players of all ages for centuries. The game is played on an 8x8 checkered board, with each player starting with 12 pieces, typically in contrasting colours like black and red. The objective is to capture all of your opponent's pieces by jumping over them with your own.

What is the history of Draughts?

The origins of draughts can be traced back to ancient civilizations, with evidence of similar games being played in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. The modern form of the game emerged in the 12th century in France, where it was known as "Fierges" or "Ferses." The game later spread to England, where it became known as "draughts," and to the United States, where it is called "checkers."


The origins of draughts - from ancient to modern times

How do you play Draughts?

Players take turns moving their pieces diagonally forward on the dark squares. If a player's piece is adjacent to an opponent's piece and there is an empty space on the other side, the player must jump over and capture the opponent's piece. Captured pieces are removed from the board. If a player can make multiple jumps in a single turn, they must do so. The game is won when one player captures all of their opponent's pieces or blocks them from making any more moves.

What sets are included in the Regency Chess Draughts collection?

Our Regency Chess Draughts collection features a variety of high-quality sets to suit every taste and budget. Some sets are dedicated solely to draughts, while others include additional games like chess and backgammon. Our sets are crafted from premium materials like wood, with attention to detail that ensures both durability and aesthetic appeal. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to the game, you'll find the perfect draughts set in our collection.

Why choose a Regency Chess Draughts set?

When you purchase a draughts set from Regency Chess, you're investing in a piece of history and a timeless pastime. Our sets are designed to provide hours of entertainment and strategic challenge, while also serving as beautiful decorative pieces for your home. With a wide range of styles and price points available, there's a Regency Chess draughts set for everyone. Start your collection today and experience the joy of this classic game!


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