The History of Draughts Board Game

Draughts (Britain) or checkers (American) is obviously the oldest game known to man, dating from 3000 B.C.

You will definitely get confused while trying to figure out the actual origin of one of the most popular board games – checkers. The history of checkers (also called draughts) is a bit vague but links to ancient Egyptian games.

Draughts were discovered in the burial chambers of ancient Egyptian leaders. It is believed that the ancient Queen Hatasu of Egypt played the game. However, at the initial name wasn’t draught, but petteia.

However, after many years (specifically in the 12th century, 1100 A.D.), a Frenchman came up with another version of the game – the rules were not actually changed, only a few modifications were made. At this time, the game was called “Fierges” or “Ferses,” and it was now played on a chessboard.

The new sets of rules introduced to the game made it a bit challenging to play; jumps became compulsory.

The game kept improving until the 1700s and 1800s when the standard rules of the game were established. An English mathematician wrote a treatise about the game in 1756, and in 1847, a championship award was given to the game player – this was when the popularity started. Within this period, the game settled in England, where it is referred to as “Draughts,” and in America where it got the name “Checkers.”

Computerized Checkers

Checkers became a computer program in 1952; Arthur L. Samuel was the man that developed the computer program. The program has been updated and improved over time – now, it is possible to play checkers on computers and online.