What is the term for a stalemate in Checkers? What are the official conditions for a "no winner game"?

  • 3
    Small nitpickery: the correct term is 'draw' in Chess and Checkers. 'Stalemate' refers to a particular kind of draw in chess - namely, when a player is unable to move - that's all but impossible to achieve in Checkers. Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 4:16
  • 2
    20 years ago a friend and I sat down to a game of checkers. I had been reading the Doadejing. He had been reading the Art of War. Neither of us ever made a jumping move. The pieces eventually moved from the horizontal to a diagonal set. In the end there were a couple kings owed on both sides. There was no way to jump. It was the best game I ever played. A total draw without losing a single piece.
    – user5500
    Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 10:03

2 Answers 2


According to the American Checker Federation (see rule 12), a tie game is called a draw. The conditions for a draw are similar to the 50-move rule in chess. Basically, one player asks the other to prove he can win (or get closer to winning) in the next 40 moves or the game ends in a draw. I imagine this would only really occur in high level play, perhaps by several kinged pieces moving endlessly around the board with neither side gaining an advantage.

A condition like a stalemate in chess (where a player has no legal move to make) results in a loss for the player whose turn it is to move.


There is no such term, because there is no such thing as a stalemate in checkers. It is always possible for at least one player to win, although in some cases that would require extraordinarily poor play by the other player.

EDIT to reply to comment:
I know this is really getting into semantics, but the question is about terminology. Your position seems to be that "stalemate" and "draw" are synonymous. I believe "stalemate" is merely the specific case where a player must move but cannot make a legal move, resulting in a draw. The very rule you cited states that, in checkers, if one player cannot make a legal move, the other player wins. By definition, that's not a draw, so in my mind, that's not a stalemate.

  • 5
    From Wikipedia -"A player wins by capturing all of the opposing player's pieces or by leaving the opposing player with no legal moves. The game ends in a draw, if neither side can force a win."
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 16:48
  • @Pat, please see my edit.
    – Pops
    Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 17:15
  • 1
    flickr.com/photos/perry_g/2064013288 Looks like a stalemate to me. There are several other stalemated checkers images on google as well.
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented Jan 9, 2011 at 17:57
  • 5
    @Pat, that's not a stalemate. It's a loss for the player who has to move next (but can't, obviously).
    – Kristo
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 2:01
  • @kristo - -1 for my reading comprehension! Good catch.
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented Jan 10, 2011 at 2:43

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .