Checker history

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Checkers also called "Draughts" is the oldest game in the world and dates back over 4000 years. This game was known for Egyptian and Greeks. In Ancient Egypt a game called Alquerque and played on the 5X5 board.

Around 1100 a Frenchman got the idea of playing the game on a chess board. It was soon found that making jumps mandatory made the game more challenging.

The game was exported to England and America. In Great Britain the game was called "Draughts". The first checker book was published by Spanish author Antonio Torquemada in the year 1547.

In 1847 the first world championship was awarded.

The first computer program to play checkers was created in 1952 by Arthur L. Samuel. Modern programs make use of data bases that show every possible combination of moves when 8 pieces are remaining on the board.