Checkers is one of the world's most popular past times. The main idea of the game is to eliminate the pieces of your opponent until all that's left are yours. Game pieces move diagonally on an 8 square by 8 square checker board, as two players try to outplay one another in one of the world's oldest game boards.
Despite having numerous new games around, checkers continues to go strong as a popular game among people of all ages. The game is still available over the Internet and with all the people trying to connect online, it's not a surprise that some of them are also looking to have a nice game of checkers against a real person elsewhere in the world.
Here are some of the Web sites where it's possible for users to play Internet checkers both against other players or the computer.
- Facebook - Just about every game has already been translated to a strikingly realistic application for the social networking site Facebook. Playing checkers over Facebook can be very fun since you can easily challenge people in your immediate circle of friends for matches. This can be very invigorating for very boring afternoons and weekends. If you're into meeting new people, you can also use Facebook checkers to compete with strangers. It can be a great way to meet new online friends. It's also a good way to improve your win-loss record against opponents.
- Yahoo! - Yahoo! was one of the first Web sites that incorporated the idea of being a Web portal with the total package of providing great services such as mail, calendars and even games. Yahoo! has a great collection of card games, board games like prongo, word games and even trivia! You just need to have a Yahoo! user ID to be able to play. You will be transported to a chat room where you can easily pick out an opponent for yourself. It's one of the site's free games so you don't even have to worry about paying one cent to use the service.
- Microsoft Network Checkers - Microsoft Network Checkers works in pretty much the same way that the Yahoo! service works, except that you need an MSN account to start playing with people from all over the world. This exposes the player to a different crowd so the gaming experience can be quite different. Unlike Facebook, though, the scenario does not always involve friends within your network, so you have to prepare to play against strangers, or at least other people who frequently play the game online, too.
Checkers truly is one of the most beloved past times. It can be played by the young, the old, regardless of sex, age or race. Unlike chess or other board games that need complicated analyses, one great thing with checkers is that you can play as relaxed as you want, or you can strategize if you are really competitive. What's required is a sharp mind and a deft ability to read situations and react accordingly.