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Orchestrating a Deadly Double Capture

Capturing is one of the most exciting and time-consuming activity in checkers. It helps clear up the path to crowning by eliminating enemies and thus getting us nearer to victory. Consequently, we need to exploit this technique as much as we can. Hence, we try to double-capture pieces as often.

Double-capture is capturing two pieces instead of one on the same turn. We do this more often, we double our odds of winning in the game. A double-capture can be schemed easily against beginners and intermediate players. But checkers veterans easily spot an attempt at double-capture. It's easy to plan a double-capture: just wait for two enemy pieces to stand in the same line with a free square between them and another right behind the last one. This is the basic formation of a linear double-capture.

When 2 enemy pieces stand in different lines but which intersect at the free square in front of both pieces they're susceptible to a zigzag double-capture. The capturing piece captures the first piece and lands on the free square and then turns right or left to capture the second piece and lands on another free square again. We easily beat the enemy in quantity when we double-capture pieces in checkers.

We may combine linear and zigzag double-captures to take 3 enemy pieces. For instance, two of them are in the same line and a third is in another that intersects the square where we make our second landing. Double-captures eliminate more pieces and covers more distance. Thus, we get two advantages with just one turn. If we master this technique and able to do it 3 to 4 times in a game winning becomes almost always certain.

The technique requires keen eyes for spotting double-take opportunities. And it should be done under cover of crowds of pieces. We should be aware of the overall board picture. Watch out for several capture openings—when enemy pieces stand such that they are in line and have a free square between and after them. Consider also those in another line but intersecting at a common free square. If it becomes our habit to be thus always aware, we will have more chances of doing double-captures.

To double-capture pieces means to be way ahead of the enemy and in our goal to eliminate enemy pieces. In the process, most of our pieces also get to cover more distance and have more chances of being crowned later. Thus, a strong double-captor is also a strong checkers winner.