Variations

Although draughts is a game played worldwide, it is not played exactly the same in different countries. There are quite a lot of variations of draughts/checkers played worldwide. The game originated from Egypt, but different countries, such as Canada, Brazil, China, Italy, etc. have their versions of the game with few modifications to the game’s rules.

International Draughts (Polish Draughts)

In this variation, the chequered board consists of 10×10 squares, which means 100 squares, about 36 squares more than the standard chequered board of 64 squares (8×8). This particular variation is played in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Suriname, some eastern European countries, and some parts of Africa. Here, the players have twenty (20) pieces each.

Canadian Checkers

Played in Canada, and having the same rules with Polish Draughts, Canadian Checkers is a variation of draughts played on a 12 x 12 chequered board with 30 checkers pieces availed to each player.

Brazilian Draughts (Derecha)

In this variation that’s mainly played in Brazil, the players get twelve (12) checkers pieces, and it is played on an 8×8 chequered board. The rules are virtually the same with international draughts, while the board size and number of checkers pieces are the same with English draughts. This variation is called Derecha in the Philippines.

Jamaican Draughts, Russian Draughts, and Mozambican Draughts

All these draughts variations are played on the same size of chequered board with 12 pieces given to each player. However, there are slight differences in the rules of these draughts, but it all centers on the same end mission – to capture all your opponent’s checkers.

There are just different types of draughts played in different regions/countries across the globe. Nevertheless, the game’s objective is practically the same – you may only notice changes to the style of play.