Russian checkers or shashki are played in Russia, in ex-USSR countries, and in Israel. Some players are in USA too.

Like Pool and Brazilian checkers, kings are flying kings.

Rules are very similar to Pool checkers, but the men become kings as they pass on the last line, and they immediatly continue the captures as kings. Another difference : white side begins.

The rules

This game is played on a 8x8 board (64 squares).

Double corner is on the right of each player.

White men begin.

Moves of the men

The men can move on each square forward left and forward right if it is empty. When they arrive on the last line, they become kings. If they arrive by a capture, they become kings and can go on capturing as kings.

Move of the kings

The kings can move on all the squares which are on the 2 diagonals that cross where they are, if there is no piece between them and the arrival square.


If you have the choice between several captures, you can choose the one that you want (maximum or not maximum) ; but you can only stop in a square where there is nothing more to capture.

Capture by the men

The men can capture forward and backward, by jumping over 1 opponent piece (man or king), if the piece is near it, and the following square is empty. If they can jump again from the arrival square, they must continue the capture.

Capture by a king

The king can capture a piece if it is on the same diagonal than it, if there are only empty squares between them, and if the following square is empty. It can stop on whatever square on the same line. If a new capture is possible from one of these squares, it must continue the capture.

Who wins, who loses ?

The loser is the one who cannot move any more (no piece or all pieces blocked). The winner is his opponent, of course.

There may be draw if :

-opponents agree for a draw

- the same position is encountered 3 times

- they are 3 kings against 1 king . In this case, the player who has the 3 kings must win within 16 moves.



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