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Draughts, a game played on a chess-board with twelve men on each side, placed, at the beginning of the game, on alternate squares. These men are moved diagonally, and the object of the game is to capture one's opponent's pieces, which is done by moving over an adversary to an unoccupied square beyond. When a piece succeeds in traversing the length of the board it becomes a "king" and has the power of moving backwards as well as forwards. The game of draughts was known in the 16th century.