Strategy

Here follows an introduction to draughts strategy. The following holds most of the time but not always and when you find out when it is desirable to break these general rules you have become a master in the game.

Pyramid Formation

In the diagram to the right black has formed a pyramid formation and white has moved his pieces to the edges of the board. White has done this because he mistakenly thinks that the pieces are safe from being jumped. Notice how many of whites possible moves will lead to the immediate loss of one or more piece.

Black on the other hand who has protected his pieces by forming a pyramid formation can move all his pieces and the worst thing that will happen is an exchange of pieces. Furthermore black has seized control of one of the center squares (see concepts) of the board; while white controls no center squares. The player with the black pieces should have no trouble winning this game.


Black has formed a pyramid formation


Protecting the back rank

If your opponent crownes one of his pieces and you have no way of quickly crowning a piece of your own you are very likely in big trouble. The best way to prevent your opponent from crowning his pieces Another important strategic concept is to protect your back rank e.g. by keeping two pieces placed on square 1 and 3 (32 and 30 for white). This is illustrated in the image to the right where black has kept two pieces too protect his back rank, white will need two pieces just to crown one piece and afterwards have a weak position called a bridge position. Black on the other hand has no trouble crowning his piece and will eventually win the game because of white's weak bridge.


Black has protected his back rank