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Adric and Nyssa play draughts. (TV: Kinda)

Draughts, also known as checkers, (AUDIO: The Silver Turk) was a board game, played on a draughts board. (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness) A player could be either black or white, (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness, TV: The Sea Devils, Kinda) or, in another version, black or red. (TV: The Mind of Evil, AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

The aim was to take the opponent's checkers, or draughts, (AUDIO: The Silver Turk, TV: Kinda) and the game was won when all were off the board. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) A move that could be made was to make a king, and a player could have multiple kings on the board. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

The Silver Turk, playing red, beat Count Rolf Wittenmeier, playing black, in a match of checkers. According to posters, the Silver Turk had also defeated "all comers" at chess, checkers and a number other games. Wittenmeier was convinced that the Turk was a trick, a sham. The Eighth Doctor agreed to a match of checkers with the supposed machine before unmasking it as a Cyberman. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

Haliard and Mike Ferras frequently played during their leisure time at the Cimmeria IV base. Haliard was almost always the victor. Bitter about always losing, Ferras insisted that Haliard was cheating, but "you can't cheat at draughts". Ferras credited a win of his to "something like" reverse psychology, and had copied one of Haliard's moves from a period game, but in truth Haliard let him win. Charlotte Pollard, playing the black side, easily beat Haliard on her first game, with "feminine guile". (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness)

The Third Doctor and Jo Grant played draughts while they were trapped in the construct, because Jo had never mastered the rules of chess. (PROSE: Freedom) When, on another occasion, Jo beat the Doctor in draughts, he complained that the game was "too simple", and claimed he was more used to playing three-dimensional chess. (TV: The Mind of Evil)

When the Fourth Doctor and Leela played draughts in George Litefoot's house, the Doctor won. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) While playing chess with K9, the Fourth Doctor mocked him by saying, "we're not supposed to be playing draughts, you know." (TV: The Android Invasion)

Adric and Nyssa played draughts on Deva Loka. Tegan tried to help Nyssa by making a move for her; this only improved Adric's game. Anicca and Anatta, manifestations of the Mara, played draughts in a dream of Tegan's. (TV: Kinda)

Clark tried to convince Hickman to play draughts with him, saying, "you can't lose anything at draughts", but Hickman refused, citing a "jinx" on the place lately. (TV: The Sea Devils) One Stangmoor Prison officer offered to play draughts with Harry Mailer, but he refused, telling him to "drop dead" instead. (TV: The Mind of Evil)

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