How many turns does a checkers/draughts tend to last for, in the the American/English variation, on an 8x8 board?

I've been trying to google it but I can only find answers related to chess.

  • This is actually quite broad, but i believe that it can take on average about 15 - 45 min depending on skill level and thinking time.
    – Xetrov
    Mar 27, 2017 at 16:08
  • Maybe it would be less broad if the OP clarified whether they were asking about how many turns are taken by players or wall clock time. It would seem like the number of turns per game could be determined from analyzing historic games.
    – chicks
    Mar 28, 2017 at 17:42
  • 3
    @chicks Hi! I am talking about actual turns, now that you mention it I see how ambiguous the question is.
    – Daniel
    Mar 29, 2017 at 14:08

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The American Checker Federation

The ACF has the transcripts for a lot of games. By my count, they have 9,374 games recorded from 1952 to 2009. These are available for download. In these 10k games, there has been 460,381 moves made. Thus an average* game of checkers takes 49.11 moves or 24.56 moves per color.

Here is a summary:

White Wins:  1596
Draw:        5406
Black Wins:  2372
Total Games: 9374

Total Moves:      460381
Moves/Game:       49.11
Moves/Game/Color: 24.56

* average game between two ACF players

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