| GAYP, by Richard Pask
By Richard Pask
An Opening Index to the 13 Modern GAYP
World Championship Matches: 1976 - 2003
Published by Checkered Thinking
© Richard Pask 2003
ISBN 1 872796 18 4
Published by the American Checker Federation with permission of the author.
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There have been 13 GAYP WCMs since 1976:
Only 10 players have competed for the GAYP world title since 1976:
Winning Percentage = [(W x 1) + (L x 0) + (D x 0.5)] / (W + L + D),
where W = Number of Wins, L = Number of Losses, and D = Number of Draws.
Fact & Figures
- The total number of games played = 291
- There have been 66 wins (23%)
- Of the 66 wins, there have been 43 Black wins (65%)
- Of the 66 wins, there have been 23 White wins (35%)
- There have been 225 draws (77%)
- Overall, Black is thus favoured by 53% to White’s 47%
- Of the 291 games, the opening move has been 11-15 on 273 occasions (94%); 9-14 on 12 occasions (4%); 10-15 on 3 occasions (1%) and 11-16 on 3 occasions (1%)
- Of the 273 times Black has opened with 11-15, White has replied with 22-17 on 73 occasions (27%); 22-18 on 41 occasions (15%); 23-18 on 43 occasions (16%); 23-19 on 92 occasions (34%); 24-19 on 11 occasions (4%) and 24-20 on 13 occasions (5%).
- The Centre and Switcher openings have yet to make an appearance.
- The GAYP style has proved to be far from exhausted in two senses:
- Old pp losses are still being recorded. eg on Martins’ Rest, the main line of the Old 14th and an 1848 Whilter!
- New lines of play are still being evolved.
- Although one day in the near future computer programs will master the game of draughts/checkers (at least in the weakest sense), I predict that humans will continue to compete at the highest level for as long as there is a human race. (And no, for practical purposes, none of the styles will ever be ‘exhausted’!)
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its trunk and variations.