Rules of Checkers
174 3-Move Deck
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HARDER-CHESS OR CHECKERS
Neither is harder. They are both-difficult-elegant games. There are
more possible positions in Chess than in Checkers.
It has been
written that a network (how many is that?) of "Super Computers"
could solve Checkers in 2 weeks! I suppose that is to imply that
chess would take at least a month or two.
Dr. Marion F.
Tinsley, the greatest checker player, ever-said it this
way: "Chess is like looking across an ocean. Checkers is like
looking down a well." In neither case can a solution be seen,
in most cases.
Dr. Tinsley was on the Ohio State Chess Team,
as a young man, but choose Checkers as the game he could most
likely become a Grandmaster at. Irving Chernev, Chess
Grandmaster, had an opposite opinion. In 1982 he wrote a book about
his 1st love-Checkers. ("Complete Encyclopedia of Checkers") In it,
he stated he did not think he could accomplish the Grandmaster
status, with Checkers, like he thought he could with Chess.
In watching the "Deep Blue-Gary Kasparov" Chess
match, the commentators made mention of the game of Checkers being
"mastered" by the "Chinook" computer.
Checker Grandmaster Don Lafferty had this to say about
" They must have a pipeline to heaven. The only ones who have
mastered this game, reside there." The "debate",
which is harder, Chess or Checkers, will always continue. When
facing an opponent across the board, you have to play what you
can see, not what is in a library or database. Said the chess
player: "We play chess, we can't analyse it." Said the checker
player: "We analyse Checkers, we can't play it."
is one of the oldest of board games, with Chess and Backgammon,
later forms. "Draughts" (pronounced "Drafts") was the original
name, and still is in much of the world, the name "Checkers"
applying mainly to the U.S. and the "English Version." Checkers
is played on an 8x8 board, as is Chess.
Various ways to begin the game (Openings) have names-some
simply because of their popularity, and others because of
the difficulty in playing them!
*THE ALMA       *THE ARYSHIRE LASSIE
*THE OLD 14TH       *THE
BRISTOL       THE BRISTOL CROSS
*THE DOUBLE CROSS       *THE GLASGOW
THE NEMESIS       THE OCTOPUS
*THE PIONEER       *THE PAISLEY BUST
*THE EDINBURGH SINGLE       *THE SINGLE CORNER
*THE SKULLCRACKER       *THE WHITE DOCTOR
*GEMIMI       *GEMIMI II
*THE INFERNO       *THE BLACK WIDOW
RON KING WINS 2001 GAYP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN LAS
Report furnished by Mac Banks.
The Las Vegas ty was a great success, and
enjoyed by all. Tim Laverty, who was
the referee said he was sending you a complete report when he got
We had 100 players in the tourney! 47 in the minors, 32
the majors and 21 in the masters.
Ron King won the Masters with
28 points with Alex. Moiseyev second on honor points with 24 so he
gets the chance to challenge Ron for the go-as-you-please title
Jack Francis finished third and also had 24 match points.
Steve Jones came in first with Joe Swartz second.
Callahan came in first. The minors was as strong or stronger than
majors as all the young kids who play on the Internet played in the
Michael Heckert for example came in with 22 points. The youngest
there was only 11 and John Post who was only 14 had 16 points!
of the 17 and 18 year old players had 20 to 22 points and the
had only 26. Both Dennis and I played in the minors and we both
I had to play off brand stuff such as the white doctor to get off
as the kids would have won as they knew every move. Also we had a
women to play. One of the women came as far as Australia to play.
After the ty. Alex. challenged Ron King for the 3 move title and
take place starting on 10 Dec. 2001 and it looks as if Charles
ty. at his place. Ron and Alex. have agreed to play the 155 deck.
openings as you know approved for mail play and 11 barred openings
all could be drawn!! Also, when the U. S. team goes to England in
Miller will see if he can get the 155 deck approved for his
if he does
then Les says the U. S. will follow their lead. George Miller was
in the Masters and he had 20 points. Lowder told Les Balderson that
be going to England and Alex. may not go. It just depends if his
to be out of work that long as he will need two weeks off in December
By the way, I played John Post and I went 1216, he went 2420 and
then I went
so I was playing the weak side of the Skunk and I won with the weak
the correct 2218 swap and then I took the 8-12 defense and then he
strong 2724 and I went 3-8 and he went 2419 and I swapped 9-14 and
I beat him.
Also, I took the white doctor against him and beat him.
took the man down
loss in the cross to beat him. In case you don't know this line:
2318 8-11, 2723,
1216!! 2419.1524, 2812, 1014, 2217, 7-10, 2522, 4-8, 1713, 1116,
1620 etc. This line is no good by mail as it is a publish loss but
very good across
board as several master players in the past have lost with the
like the loss in the white doctor. The kids were great if
stayed on publish
play but didn't know the 3 movers. Well, once again sorry for not
able to send
you a report earlier but hope this makes up for it.
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|12/1/2001-Straight Checkers Gold and the Mini Series
THE ACF HAS A NEW SECRETARY
The ACF welcomes new Secretary, Matthew
Clark, of NC.
New ACF Secretary,
Matthew Clark wants to make sure members can
contact him. His
address is; Matthew Clark, P.O. Box 5513, Cary, NC
Want to join? Send dues ($25 annually) to
new ACF Treasurer; Anthony Bishop, 1024
W. Sears Road, Pegram, TN, 37143.
In the year that you join, you get all ACF Bulletin's
for that year including back issues. acfcheckers.com
welcomes the new
THANK YOU! 101 PEOPLE HAVE
THE 2001 LAS VEGAS NT.
Some as much as $500 and every
where in between down to $10.
- more new stuff
GAYP WORLD TITLE MATCH
The final results of the GAYP title match in Petal, Ms is
King 3 wins Moiseyev 3 wins 18 ties out of 24 played. King
remains the champion by virtue of the tie.
Read All About It
Including a note form Challenger-Alex Moiseyev.
THE JWYLLIE DRAUGHTS PROGRAM
*Wyllie Draughts is a high performance English draughts
program by Roberto Waldteufel for 32-bit Windows (Win 95, Win98,
*In addition to a very strong search engine, the program also has a
searchable games database
of master and grandmaster games.
*The web site also carries
articles by World Mailplay
Champion George Miller.
*Historic games archive with thousands
about famous players, details of UK draughts clubs and tournaments,
*Extensive links to other checker sites and more.
* Visit the Wyllie site.
12-02-2001. The Unites States defeated the British Team in the
recently concluded-"7th Int'l Match. The U.S team traveled to
England to play these games. The match was played from Oct-8
2001. The score was an impressive 62 wins, 24 defeats and 114
for the U.S.
The history of these matches began in 1905,
1st Int'l match was played and the Brits trounced the U.S
The U.S has won all matches, since 1905.
A more complete report and individual scores can be seen on
Irish Draughts site-URL given above, then go
How many positions are possible in Checkers?|
500, 995, 484,
682, 338, 672, 639.Translated it is:500 quintillion, 995
quadrillion, 484 trillion, 682 billion, 338 million, 672 thousand,
639..... Source-the pages of Ed Trice
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