Bashni (also known as Bashne or Stolbovye Shashki - "Stacking draughts") is a two-player board game played on a square checkerboard.  This game belongs to the draughts (checkers) family of games.


Bashni is played on a common 8x8 checkerboard.

The initial position of dark and light checkers is shown in the following picture:

The goal of Bashni is to capture all opponent's checkers or to block them leaving the opponent without any legal moves.


Bashni has almost the same rules as Russian Checkers with the following differences:

  • When a single checker (or a king) is captured it's not removed from the board but is placed below the capturing checker (or king) forming a stack.  If several checkers (or kings) are captured during the same move then they are sequently placed below the capturing checker:


Before the capture   After the capture
  • Any stack is controlled by a player who owns the topmost checker (or king).
  • A stack moves or captures other checkers or stacks according to the rules of Russian Checkers applying to the topmost checker (or king).
  • When a stack or a single piece captures an opponent's stack, just the topmost piece is taken from that stack and placed below the capturing stack or a piece. The next checker or a king in the stack (beneath the captured topmost one) is considered to be "released" and can be used by its owner on the next move:
Before the capture  

After the capture

The topmost white checker was taken from a stack. The black checker beneath it was released.

  • An ordinary checker at the top of a stack can be promoted to a king exactly the same way as in Russian Checkers.

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