Reading a Capturing Exchange

A capturing exchange is when pieces from both camps are exposed to a short series of forced captures often involving 2 to 3 captured pieces. We may end up a loser or winner here depending on the situation that develops after. How do we make certain a win from an exchange of captures?

Before we totally commit ourselves to an exchange we should always see the overall picture of the situation. We must see the past, present, and future of what is before us. The past means, how did the opponent open the enemy camp to this situation? If we get an idea why, we see a bit into the enemy's intention. For instance, if the enemy had two options for a turn move towards our piece and be captured or move away to a very safe position and the opponent opts for the first alternative, we should ask why.

The present means, we should carefully assess our play strength, the actual number pieces of pieces we still have, and the routes we have available. Do we have crowned pieces? Does the enemy have them? How many of our pieces have the potential to crown? Are there safe openings to the enemy's territory? When we weigh these possibilities we become better equipped to decide whether to commit to an exchange or not.

The future means whether we would end up a winner or a loser in the deal. We should be able to quickly get a reading of the pieces involved in an exchange. How many enemy pieces and how many of our pieces get captured after the exchange? If we would turn out the loser we either turn away from the exchange or prevent it from happening through blocking. A lot of times it is in our control how an exchange of captures in checkers will result.

We should also be able to get a clear read of the opponent's skill level before we enter an exchange deal. How good is the opponent? Does the opponent have a working knowledge of double or multiple captures? How has the enemy been playing? Does he show good knowledge of positioning and skill in favorably placing pieces after an exchange of captures? Does the enemy seem conversant with the rules?

Reading the board and the opponent is very important to see how we would fair in an exchange of captures in checkers. For a win we must know our enemy and the terrain where we would engage with the same.

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