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72. Draughts, Rules of the Game.--The accepted laws for regulating the game are as follows:-

i. The board is to be so placed as to have the white or black double corners at the right hand of the player.

ii. The first move is taken by chance or agreement, and in all the subsequent games of the same sitting, the first move is taken alternately. Black generally moves first.

iii. Any action which prevents your adversary from having a full view of the board is not allowed, and if persisted in, loses the game to the offending player.

iv. The man touched must be moved, but the men may be properly adjusted during any part of the game. After they are so placed, if either player, when it is his turn to play, touch a man, he must move it. If a man be so moved as to be visible on the angle separating the squares, the player so touching the man must move it to the square indicated. [By this it is meant that a player may not move first to one square and then to another. Once moved onto a square, the man must remain there.]

v. It is optional with the player either to allow his opponent to stand the huff, or to compel him to take the piece. ["Standing the huff" is when a player refuses to take the offered piece, but either intentionally or accidentally makes another move. His adversary then removes the man that should have taken the piece, and makes his own move--huff and move, as it is called.]

vi. Ten minutes is the longest time allowed to consider a move, which if not made within that time, forfeits the game.

vii. It is compulsory upon the player to take all the pieces he can legally take by the same series of moves. On making a King, however, the latter remains on his square till a move has been made on the other side.

viii. All disputes are to be decided by the majority of the bystanders present, or by an umpire.

ix. No player may leave the room without the consent of his adversary, or he forfeits the game.

x. A false move must be remedied as soon as it is discovered, or the maker of such move loses the game.

xi. When only a small number of men remain toward the end of the game, the possessor of the lesser number may call on his opponent to win in at least fifty moves, or declare the game drawn. With two Kings to one, the game must be won in at most twenty moves on each side.

xii. The player who refuses to abide by the rules loses the game. In the losing game a player must take all the men he can by his move.


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