Checkers (known as draughts in the United Kingdom and some other countries), also called American checkers, straight checkers, or simply draught, is a form of draughts board game played on an eight by eight squared board (with sixty-four total squares) with twelve pieces on each side.
These pieces may only initially move and capture diagonally forwards. Only when a piece is "crowned" or "kinged" may it move both backwards or forwards.
As in all draughts variants, English draughts is played by two people, on opposite sides of a playing board, alternating moves. Traditionally the pieces are either black, white, or red, and the board alternates between red and white squares. The opponent's pieces are captured by jumping over them.