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Shashki (Russian Draughts)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Europe

Category Board, War, Leaping, Diagonal


Shashki is a game with leaping captures related to other European Draughts games. The first description comes from the nineteenth century, though the term is older.


Played on an 8x8 board with each player having twelve pieces. Pieces move diagonally one space forward, and can capture opponent's pieces by jumping them if they are adjacent. Capturing must happen if it is possible, multiple captures are allowed, and can happen in a forward or backward direction. Once pieces reach the opposite side of the board from their starting position, they become kings and can move diagonally either forwards or backwards. A piece may become a king in the midst of a sequence of captures, and then capture as a king in the same turn. Kings may capture over any distance, leaping over all opponent's pieces in a line. The goal is to capture all of the opponent's pieces.

van der Stoep 1984: 154



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van der Stoep 1951: 183-184; Murray 1951: 79.

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

van der Stoep, A. 1984. A History of Draughts: with a Diachronic Study of Words for Draughts, Chess, Backgammon, and Morris. trans. by Monique de Meijer. The Hague: CIP-Gegevens Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

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