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The Strategy on Redirecting the Enemy

One of the main goals in checkers is to have our pieces reach the last row inside the territory of the opponent. This is called crowning. Pieces that succeed in doing so are crowned and gain tremendous powers in the game.

Thus, a worthy secondary goal is to clear the way for our pieces to easily reach the last row through a checkers strategy.

To clear out the path we must try to redirect the enemy's movements. If we're aiming to clear the right side of the enemy camp to penetrate through it, we should lure the enemy pieces stationed there to our left. Instead of the enemy heading directly towards our right side and meet our pieces stationed there we redirect their direction to our left side through forced capture. Pieces on our right can then freely move forward without much resistance.

This checkers strategy works this way. First, we divide our 12 checkers pieces into two the left and right groups. The right group number 6 pieces and are barely moved in the beginning. The left group also number 6 pieces and are mostly moved at the start of the game. We move them towards the enemy pieces to our right.

Gradually, too, we move the pieces on our right forward. When the exchanges of capture start we should try to use as little of the pieces on our right side as possible. When the coast is clear after the exchanges, we move the remaining pieces on our right side forward to victory.

We will probably be left with 2 to 4 pieces for crowning from the original 6 on our right. If we see enemy pieces trying to pursue them or beat our pieces to the finish line (their goal is to reach our first row), we can try to redirect them by sacrificing pieces for forced capture to oblige them to go back 2 squares, delaying their movement. We will lose some pieces in the process but what's more important is for our pieces to be crowned first.

Redirecting can also be done by pitting our pieces on our right directly against enemy pieces to our right. The tendency of the opponent is to reinforce the right side of the enemy camp with pieces from its left. In the process the left side is cleared up and we can then move pieces on our right forward to victory.

If we can redirect the enemy's surge forward, it would be a good checkers strategy.

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