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Using a Trapping Pair and Forced Capture

Traps are tricky and deadly. They don't seem dangerous at first until the victim falls into it and realizes its peril too late. That's the effect of a trapping pair in checkers. They seem innocent, especially when concealed in a forced capture strategy.

A forced capture can be a good opening for any checkers strategy double or multiple captures, or redirecting an enemy piece. It happens when any chance of capturing an enemy piece is possible and we're required by a checkers ruling to capture it. We cannot ignore or bypass the opportunity to capture. We must capture it at all cost.

Now, when there's a trapping pair behind a forced capture offer the strategy becomes even more tricky and dangerous. For instance, we have a pair (together in tandem diagonally) and the rear piece of this pair occupies a side square. Just a vacant square away stand two enemy pieces also in tandem. The 2 tandems stand in a single diagonal line.

Adjacent to the vacant square (a junction square) separating the 2 tandems is a square adjoining the junction square on another intersecting diagonal line. On this square is another enemy piece. Here's the situation: it's our turn to act. We move our leading piece (in the tandem) forward to the junction square to face the leading piece of the enemy tandem. It's our offer to compulsory capture. The opponent opts to capture it with the leading piece and lands in front our rear piece.

The opponent expects us to merely capture it in turn for a break even. We do so, but with a twist a trap in the forced capture strategy. After capturing it and landing on the junction square serving as the common point of the 2 intersecting lines we take the other enemy piece on the other line for a double capture. The enemy realizes the trap too late. It was hidden in the forced capture move but revealed upon consummation.

A forced capture may be an advantage to us if the enemy unknowingly "offered" it as an error. In this case, we can be sure there are no traps or counter capture to follow. But when offered to us on purpose we can be sure there's an ulterior motive behind it.

A trapping pair in tandem with a forced capture strategy is a hidden deadly weapon we must often carry with us in a game of checkers. It leads the opponent to our trap unsuspectingly and without any chance to break even.

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