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 DRAUGHTS

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Draughts is a very ancient game thought to date from around 600BC in Egypt. Draughts is a 2 player board game. The objective is to remove your opponent's pieces from the board or block your opponent so they are unable to move.

Popularity
There are around 17 clubs around the UK registered with the English Draughts Association. Drafts is a classic game and can be found in most households as it is loved by kids and adults alike.

Location
As this is a board game draughts can be played almost anywhere. In recent years due to the rise in popularity of online computer gaming draughts can easily be played on the computer. There are also giant sized versions of draughts for outdoors.

Age
There are no age restrictions for playing draughts. Draughts can be played from around the age of 5 years and up and as such is a firm family classic.

Ability
There are no qualifications necessary to play draughts. This is a game of strategy and the rules are very simple, as such many children enjoy playing draughts as a precursor to chess.

Description
Draughts is a simplified version of chess and as stated previously can lead to the beginnings of playing chess. It can also lead to an interest in other strategic board games such as Go and Backgammon.

Dedication
As drafts can be played almost anywhere eg at home, in the car, the local park or even a pub beer garden there are no seasonal restrictions. It can be enjoyed anytime anyplace.

Potential
As draughts is a two player game it is normally a private battle of wits between the two opponents. But if you wish to take it further there are various competitions registered with the English Draughts Association held throughout the year in the UK.

Closely Related Activities
Chess 68. Chequers 67, Backgammon 66.

Further Reading
English Draughts Association Journal.

Cost
Draughts is a very inexpensive game to buy. Boards and pieces can be bought for around £6.00 for a basic set. You can also buy handmade wooden draught boards and pieces from around £75.00 and upwards. There are no subscription fees to play between friends. Local clubs may pay a nominal fee.

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