The 20 best board games of all time ranked

The backstory of Checkers (aka Drafts), a bit… checkered. Its ancestor is the Middle Eastern game Alquerque (or Quirkat), dating from 1400 BC, with a 5×5 square board, diagonal lines and 10 pieces each. That game was spread on an 8×8 board in the 12th century, rumored to have been played by a game player in the south of France, and was called Fierges. By the 15th century, it had become Dames, and in England, Drafts, derived from the Sino-British plural “draghtes”. In America, this game is called Checkers, taking its name from the board where the player aims to capture all of the opponent’s pieces and the first known use of the word is in 1712.

Andrew Carnegie credits a game of drafts (“checkers” in the US) to a baby’s first step on the road to greatness, written in his autobiography, “When such trifles have the most serious consequences. One word, one look, one voice, can affect the destiny not only of individuals, but of entire nations.” He not the only one checkers to reach the heights – join the ranks of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas EdisonHarry Houdini, Will Rogers and Marion Tinsleywho is considered one of the greatest players of the game ever.

Although none of them, or any other player, ever made all 500 billion possible moves, a computer did, taking over 18 years to find the perfect game. and “destroy the chess” (Spoiler alert: it was a draw). The 20 best board games of all time ranked

Jake Nichol

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