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How to Use a Checkers Notation

If we're serious about improving in checkers we may want to keep a record of our plays to monitor our progress. Or, we may want to study in depth the moves of checkers experts recorded in books or online write-ups. Then we need to know how to use a checkers notation.

Notations are important for serious checkers aficionados. We can better check our wit and skill progress if we keep record of our plays. We can then review them and see our strengths and weaknesses, keep the good and weed out the bad. We can study the moves of our opponents as well. If we have played with several good opponents and have recorded the plays, we may study their moves and strategies and incorporate some of their tactics in ours.

We can also study the moves and strategies of popular checkers experts whose plays are recorded. We may absorb things from their play style we think are useful to us and ignore those we think are not. Hence, it is important to know how to use notations.

Checkers notation is numbering each black square on a checkers board. They start from 1 to 32 from the left upper black square going to the right up to the last black square on the lower right. Thus, the first black square at the upper left is assigned the number 1. The second black square is given the number 2, and so on. Hence, one player should have his initial formation of 3 rows on numbers 1 to 12 and the other player on 21 to 32.

The initial middle area of the board is notated 13 to 20. The left side squares are 5, 13, 21, and 29 while right side squares are 4, 12, 20, and 28. The two corner black squares on the board are 4 and 29 while the secondary corners are 1 and 5 on the upper part and 28 and 32 on the lower part.

When it comes to recording moves, a piece on 9 advancing to its right will land on square 13. The notation is 9-13. If it advances to the left it lands on 14 and is notated as 9-14. If there's an enemy piece to be taken on 14 it will land on 18 and is notated as 9-18.

With checkers notation it will be easy for even novices to trace moves and pinpoint locations where pieces sit. With it we can play like the pros.