2. The importance of games
The role of games has always been
essential in the learning,
because they offer experimentation,
Similar games have been played for
millennia. A board resembling a
draughts board was found in Ur dating
from 3000 BC.
In the British Museum are specimens
of ancient Egyptian checkerboards,
found with their pieces in burial
Plato mentioned this game as being of
Egyptian origin, and Homer also
mentions it. It was said to have been
played during the Trojan War. Then the
Romans played a derivation of this
An Arabic game with similar play to
modern draughts, was played on a
board. It is mentioned in the 10th-
century. This game was brought to
Spain by the Moors.
4. How to play
Draughts or checkers (American English) is a
group of strategy board games for two players.
The name 'draughts' derives from the verb to
draw or to move, whereas 'checkers' derives
from the checkered board which the game is
Draughts is played by two opponents, on
opposite sides of the game board. One player has
the dark pieces; the other has the light pieces.
Only the dark squares of the checkered board are
used. Players alternate turns. A player may not
move an opponent's piece.
A move consists of moving a piece diagonally to
an adjacent unoccupied square. If the adjacent
square contains an opponent's piece, and the
square immediately beyond it is vacant, the piece
may be captured (and removed from the game)
by jumping over it.
The player without pieces remaining, or who
cannot move due to being blocked, loses the
5. Educational use
The game of checkers, of very
remote origins, offers infinite
resources for the enhancement of
logical and mathematical skills.
It is defined as "brain sport", as it
aims to achieve personal pleasure
through a brain activity, in
compliance with the principles of
fairness and sociality typical of
every sporting activity.
It is a very useful game if you
want your students to improve
their logical, mathematical and