German checkers is one of many variations of the game of checkers
This particular version is mainly played in German.
- A man moves one square diagonally forwards, provided the target square is vacant.
- If a man thus reaches the back rank, it promotes to king.
- A king moves any number of unobstructed squares diagonally forwards or backwards.
- Capture is compulsory.
Men may capture forwards only, kings may capture both forwards and backwards by the long leap.
- If a man in a capture reaches the back rank, the move ends there and the man is promoted to king.
- A king captures by the long leap both forwards and backwards.
It must end the leap on the field directly behind the piece that is captured.
- if it can proceed in the same or a perpendicular direction, it must do so.
- A multiple capture must be completed before the captured pieces are removed from the board.
- There are no priorities of capture: if presented with a choice a player may freely choose which capture to make.