Preventing a Capture by the Enemy

Each piece in checkers is important. The more pieces we save from being captured the better our chances are at crowning them and winning the game. Thus, we need to know how to sometimes prevent the enemy from taking our pieces. Here are some tips on preventing a capture.

The first is avoiding an attack or going the other direction. With this technique we need to have a good reading of the enemy's play. We need to discern what the opponent's possible intentions are. When we have read the enemy strategy beforehand we prevent the imminent capture by avoiding it. If the attack would come from the right direction we take the left square way ahead to avoid it, and vice versa.

To help us discern a planned capture we also need see where strength is building up. When the enemy seems to be preparing a pair or three consecutive pieces coming from the left of our piece, we move it to the right at once before the actual plan takes place.

Also, among tips on preventing a capture is blocking. When our piece and an enemy piece are separated by a free square and an enemy piece occupies it, our piece is in danger of a capture. What we do is to block the attack by placing a piece right behind the piece about to be taken. Another is to immediately occupy the free square with the piece the enemy is targeting, and there's a back up ally piece behind it. When it gets captured the back up counter captures and the loss is equalized.

Blocking is possible if we set out our pieces always in teams. This means no one piece is an island standing alone but always with companions. It's like a buddy-buddy formation where team members watch each other's back. When a piece is captured the other team members readily counters to equalize the loss. This can be done by grouping our 12 pieces into groups of 3, having 4 groups is all. Just be careful that they don't end up victims of a triple capture.

When pieces are grouped in three we can have them in a diamond formation. This formation allows flexibility for blocking techniques. The diamond is either made up of a leading center piece with two pieces left and right, or two leading pieces left and right of a rear piece.

Tips on preventing a capture is important to have enough pieces remaining for crowning purposes.