International Draughts originates in 8x8 Draughts, which in the US is calledCheckers. Its invention is obscure, but legend has it date back to Paris, 1723, when a Polish officer supposedly laid down the rules. His name has been lost, but he did a good job. It must be added however that the Spanish (or 'Brazilian') version of Checkers, which is quite a bit older, uses the same rules on an 8x8 board, so the inventor may well have done little more than adjusting the size of the board.
The game is played on the dark squares of a 10x10 checkered board with 20 men each. Its rules differ from anglo-american Draughts/Checkers in that majority
capture precedes, men may capture both forward and backward, and the king is a long range piece. These differences make it far more complicated than its traditional predecessor.
The game is very popular in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, several African countries and countries of the former Soviet Union. Players are united in some 60 national federations, under the umbrella of the FMJD, the Federation Mondial du Jeu de Dames, which has its seat in the Netherlands.