Minicheckers, also spelled Mini-Checkers and sometimes called Mini-Draughts, is a variant of American Checkers (English Draughts). The game, which was first described by Martin Gardner in the March, 1962 issue of Scientific American, seems to be the smallest checkers variant in existence.


The rules of the game are the same as for Checkers except for the following differences:

  • The board is an 4×4 grid, with alternating dark and light squares. The right down square field should be dark.
  • Each player starts with 2 pieces on the three rows closest to their own side, as shown in the diagram above.


Gardner, Martin.
The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions. University of Chicago Press, London (UK) 1969, 97. [Reprint of the original article]

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