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National Checkers Day

Make sure to mark your calendar for National Checkers Day - challenge a friend to a game and see who comes out on top!
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September 23
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate the timeless game of checkers on National Checkers Day, September 23rd! This classic board game has a long and interesting history that dates back to around 3000 BC in Egypt. The modern version we know today was created by Charles Hopper in 1847, and it quickly became an international favorite. It's also been used as a tool for teaching strategy and problem-solving skills to kids all over the world.

History of National Checkers Day

National Checkers Day Dates

National Checkers Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>3000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Checkers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Early forms of the game, known as "draughts" in many countries, were discovered during archaeological digs in Egypt's city of Ur.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1100</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Checkers in Middle Ages</div><div class='timeline-text'>The game became popular among nobility during the Middle Ages in France.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1847</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Modern Checkers is Born</div><div class='timeline-text'>Charles Hopper formalized the rules for modern checkers, making the game accessible to a wider audience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1952</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Computer Program for Checkers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Development of the first computer program to play checkers by IBM researcher Arthur Samuel, marking a significant leap in artificial intelligence.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Checker's Solved</div><div class='timeline-text'>Researchers at the University of Alberta developed a program, Chinook, proving that the game always ends in a draw when both sides play perfectly.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Checkers Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play Checkers</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing says celebrating checkers day more than actually playing the game. Get a board, grab some friends, and start playing.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a checkers tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and host a checkers tournament. Get creative with the rules and try to make it a fun and competitive experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create personalized checkers pieces</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Using paints, markers or other materials, you can create your own personalized checkers pieces. This is a great way to make the game even more special.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make and eat checkerboard cake</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What's better than a checkerboard cake on National Checkers Day? Make two different coloured cake batters, pour them into a pan in alternating squares, bake, and enjoy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a movie with a checkers theme</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Searching for Bobby Fischer are great options for celebrating National Checkers Day. Enjoy the stories of these classic films while playing checkers in the background.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Checkers Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's the perfect game for two players</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Checkers is a two-player, turn-based game that is easy to learn and provides hours of entertainment. It's great for casual play between friends, family members, or opponents who want to quickly learn its strategies.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It can be played multiple ways</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Checkers isn't just a board game - it can be played with coins on any flat surface, or on your phone or tablet with one of many available apps. There are even websites and online tools you can use to play checkers with other people across the globe!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports strategic thinking</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the greatest things about playing checkers is that it forces players to think strategically and plan ahead. You must consider all possible options and anticipate your opponent’s moves in order to find an effective strategy. This thought process builds mental agility and helps you stretch your problem solving skills!</p></div></div>

Unleashing 5 Unknown Facts about Checkers

<div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">1</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">International Checkers is played on a larger board</h3><p class="facts-content">While the most common version of checkers, also known as Draughts, is played on an 8x8 board, International Checkers is played on a 10x10 board and has more complex rules, offering a deeper level of strategy.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">2</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Checkers Has Several distinct variants</h3><p class="facts-content">Checkers has several versions which are unique to various regions globally. For instance, Spanish Checkers forbids backward jumps and Turkish Draughts moves their pieces diagonally forward.</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">3</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">"Huffing" was a rule in checkers</h3><p class="facts-content">In older rules of the game, if a player declined to make an available jump (which is compulsory in modern rules), the opponent could remove the piece that should have jumped. This was known as "huffing".</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">4</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">Checkers has inspired popular phrases</h3><p class="facts-content">The game's concept of preventing a piece's progress by placing an opponent's piece in front of it led to the phrase "to get one's back up".</p></div></div><div class="facts-item"><div class="facts-number-wrapper"><p class="facts-number">5</p></div><div class="facts-core-content"><h3 class="facts-title">The longest game of checkers ended in a draw</h3><p class="facts-content">The longest game of checkers in terms of moves took place in 1863 with a whopping 296 moves. The game, marked by extensive, strategic maneuvering from both players, eventually ended in a draw.</p></div></div>

National Checkers Day FAQs

When is National Checkers Day?

National Checkers Day is celebrated on September 23 every year. In 2024 National Checkers Day will occur on a Monday.

National Checkers Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Sep 23

Saturday

2024

Sep 23

Monday

2025

Sep 23

Tuesday

2026

Sep 23

Wednesday

2027

Sep 23

Thursday

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