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Subject: Is going first a disadvantage? rss

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Randatollah
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It seems to be much harder to avoid giving up a multiple jump when I am the first player. Is the first player in checkers at a disadvantage? I went Googling for some information, but ironically a search for checkers strategy yields more numerous and substantive results on strategy for chess than checkers.
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Overall, from what I've read, it's not a disadvantage. But it can lead to a disadvantage if you're not careful. In chess, going first is an advantage, but obviously not a game-winning advantage. In checkers, it's a slighter advantage--one that can quickly turn into a disadvantage.
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Well, then, I guess I'll just have to learn to be less terrible at checkers! Thanks for the info.
 
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Here's what Jim Loy says:

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In chess, time (the initiative) is very important, being the first player to move is an advantage. This is true, to a lesser extent, in checkers. Moving first is an advantage. But as the game goes on, most possible moves are weak. And, in some situations, being first to move means that you are first to create a weakness in your own position. Sometimes, you run out of safe moves, and must weaken your position. If there is something that you feel must be accomplished, then being first to move is an advantage.


That's from the bottom of this Web page, where you can also find some good, detailed info on opening play.
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Thanks, that page is great.
 
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