English draughts or checkers, also called American checkers, straight checkers or, in Israel, damka, is a form of the board game draughts. Unlike international draughts, it is played on an eight-by-eight squared board (with sixty-four total squares) with twelve pieces on each side. The pieces move and capture diagonally. They may only move forward until they reach the opposite end of the board, when they are "crowned" or "kinged" and may henceforth move and capture both backward and forward.
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