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International Draughts (Polish Draughts, Dam Blas)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Board, War, Leaping, Diagonal


International Draughts, which is also commonly known as Polish Draughts, has become one of the most widely-played forms of Draughts in the world, and is played in international competitions. It seems to have originated in the eighteenth century in Paris, and spread throughout Europe from there and to the rest of the world through European colonisation.


10x10 board, 20 pieces per player. Pieces move diagonally one or can jump an opponent's adjacent player to capture it. Pieces can move forward or backwards. When a piece reaches the opposite edge of the board from its starting position, it becomes a king and can may move and jump over any number of spaces diagonally. Captures are compulsory and the maximum number of jumps must be made. Winning is achieved by capturing all the opponent's pieces or by blocking them from moving.

Murray 1951: 80-81



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Murray 1951: 80–81

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Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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