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(and checkers variants)
Checkers was one of the very first games to be implemented on computers, and one of the first to have a successful playing program.   Papers about checkers by Samuel were probably cited more than any other in the history of game playing programs.    For years, a very successful program, Chinook, defeated all challengers, except one lone human expert, Marion Tinsley.  Chinook finally became the undisputed champion in 1995, when Mr. Tinsley died.  Subsequently, Checkers was solved in the strictest sense, by generating a complete game tree, in 2007.
All this applies to the traditional "American Standard" checkers, which is close to the game you probably played as a kid, except "jumping own men" is not allowed.  There are hundreds of variants, some regional, some modern.  Boardspace has three interesting variants; Frisian Checkers, Turkish Checkers and International Checkers.

Robots:  Beats me (take that literally) but I've never claimed to be a checker players.

Checker rankings at Boardspace
Checkers at BoardGameGeek  Turkish Checkers  International Checkers   Frisian Checkers at Boardgamegeek
Checkers win/loss database rules for American Checkers  Turkish Checkers International Checkers Frisian Checkers
Checkers game archives

The back story:
I've always used an incomplete implementation of checkers as a blank starting point for other game implementations.  I was finally inspired by this viral video to expand checkers into a full implementation.


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