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A checkerboard or chequerboard (see spelling differences) is a board on which English draughts is played.[1] It is an 8×8 board and the 64 squares are of alternating dark and light color, often red and black.

The term checkerboard is also used to denote any rectangular square-tiled board. In this sense it refers not to a physical board as such but to the mathematical abstraction of such a board. The adjective checkered refers to the pattern shown in many locations, such as the checkered flag used to signify the end of a vehicle race, the Purina logo, or the livery on some emergency service vehicles. However when this pattern is used on such vehicles, in certain countries, it is called a Sillitoe Tartan. The checkerboard is also closely associated with national symbols of the nation of Croatia.

The checkerboard pattern is often associated with the Ska music genre, for breaking the racial barrier between black and whites at the time. A checkerboard marking painted on a hilltop was used as visual guidance on Hongkong's old Kai Tak Airport. Many taxicabs also use a checkerboard pattern.

Games using checkerboards

A square checkerboard is with an alternating pattern is used for include:

The following games require an 8×8 board and are sometimes played be played on a chessboard.

See also


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  • Checkerboard — Check er*board (ch[e^]k [ e]r*b[=o]rd ), n. A board with sixty four squares of alternate color, used for playing checkers, chess, or draughts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • checkerboard — [chek′ərbôrd΄] n. a square board with 64 squares of two alternating colors, used in checkers and chess …   English World dictionary

  • checkerboard — /chek euhr bawrd , bohrd /, n. 1. a board marked off into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played. 2. a design resembling this: The garden was laid out in a… …   Universalium

  • checkerboard — [[t]tʃe̱kə(r)bɔː(r)d[/t]] checkerboards (in BRIT, also use chequerboard) 1) N COUNT A checkerboard is a square board with 64 black and white squares that is used for playing checkers or chess. [AM] (in BRIT, use , chessboard) 2) ADJ: ADJ n A… …   English dictionary

  • checkerboard — UK [ˈtʃekə(r)ˌbɔː(r)d] / US [ˈtʃekərˌbɔrd] noun [countable] Word forms checkerboard : singular checkerboard plural checkerboards American a draughtboard …   English dictionary

  • checkerboard — noun Date: 1775 1. a board used in various games (as checkers) with usually 64 squares in 2 alternating colors 2. something that has a pattern or arrangement like a checkerboard …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • checkerboard — check|er|board1 [ tʃekər,bɔrd ] noun count AMERICAN a special board used for playing the game of checkers, which has 64 black and white squares of equal size. British draughtboard checkerboard check|er|board 2 [ tʃekər,bɔrd ] adjective AMERICAN… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • checkerboard — check•er•board [[t]ˈtʃɛk ərˌbɔrd, ˌboʊrd[/t]] n. 1) chs gam a board marked into 64 squares of two alternating colors, arranged in eight vertical and eight horizontal rows, on which checkers or chess is played 2) a design resembling this 3) to… …   From formal English to slang

  • checkerboard — skleidimas šachmatų langeliais statusas T sritis informatika apibrėžtis ↑Skaidrių keitimo efektas, kai ↑skaidrė skleidžiama šachmatų langeliais gulsčiai arba stačiai. atitikmenys: angl. checkerboard ryšiai: dar žiūrėk – skaidrė dar žiūrėk –… …   Enciklopedinis kompiuterijos žodynas

  • checkerboard — noun a) A pattern of squares of alternating colours. b) A board, usually square, covered with such a pattern; especially such a board with 64 squares, used to play chess and draughts / checkers …   Wiktionary

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