Italian Checkers is like International Checkers with the following differences:
  • The board is 8 by 8 instead of 10 by 10 squares. Each player starts the game with 12 pieces placed on the darker squares closest to him or her.
  • Checkers (pieces that are not Kings) can only jump forward. They can not jump backward.
  • Checkers can not jump Kings.
  • When moving and not jumping, Kings can only move one square at a time in any direction to an empty space along a diagonal. They can not move unlimited distances along a diagonal, as in International Checkers.
  • When jumping, Kings can only jump adjacent pieces. They can not jump any distance as in International Checkers.
  • When jumping, Kings must land in the next square beyond the piece they jump over. If there is no empty square immediately beyond the piece to be jumped, then that jump is not possible.

In other words, Italian Checkers is just like American Checkers except that in Italian Checkers, the checkers can not jump the Kings; and White has the first move.

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