Who Invented Checkers and Where Did the Game of Checkers Originate?

Checkers is one of the oldest games in the world, with a variation played in the days of the early Egyptian pharaohs in about 1600 B.C.

checkers board on an old table

The game was mentioned in the works of Homer and Plato, too.

About 800 years ago, checkers was adapted to the 64-square chessboard, and by the 16th century, it was essentially the same as the modem game.

It is called draughts by the British and dambrod in Scotland.

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