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A board game played by two players on a board of 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid, with 64 playing pieces that are black on one side and white on the other. Each player alternates laying a piece on the board, and if a player places a piece so that one or more of an opponent's pieces lie between that piece and another of that player's pieces, that player flips the opponent's piece or pieces to that player's color. After all pieces have been laid, the player with the most pieces showing his or her color wins.
[Originally a proprietary name.]
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(Games, other than specified) a game played on a draughtboard with 64 pieces, black on one side and white on the other. When pieces are captured, they are turned over to join the capturing player's forces; the winner is the player who fills the board with pieces of his or her colour
[C19: from French; see reverse]
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