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  Famous Positions Every student of checkers should study and master the twelve standard positions diagrammed on this page. These settings are of frequent occurence, and finding a solution to them crossboard is very difficult without previous analysis.

Position is frequently the deciding factor in a game. Players should always be on the lookout for the "pitch" and the inevitable "counter-pitch". It is sometimes wise to return a sacrifice immediately, while on other occasions a man may be sacrificed through miscalculation, "never to be returned." Never resign a game simply because you are a man down. There are a number of ideas for which you can play and still secure a draw. That is why it is important that you make a special study of the standard positions.

Always remember that position ranks equally with material and sometimes even outweighs it.

First Position
white to move and win
18-23, 32-28, 23-27, 28-32, 19-23, 32-28, 27-32, 28-24, 32-28, 24-20, 23-19!, 20-24, 19-15, 24-27, 15-18, 3-8, 18-15, 8-12, 15-18, 12-16, 28-32, 27-24, 18-15, 24-28, 15-11!, 16-19, 32-27, 28-32, 27-31, 32-28, 11-16, 19-24, 16-19 White Wins!
Second Position
white to move and win
32-28, 25-22, 28-24, 22-18, 24-19, 18-22, 19-15, 22-17, 15-18, 17-13, 18-22, 13-9, 30-26, 9-6, 26-23, 6-10, 23-18, 10-6, 18-14, 6-1, 14-9, 1-5, 9-6, 5-1, 6-2, 1-5, 2-6, 5-1, 6-10, 1-5, 10-15, 5-9, 15-19, 9-14, 27-23, 14-10, 23-18, 10-6, 18-14, 6-1, 14-9, 1-5, 9-6, 5-1, 6-2, 1-5, 2-6, 5-1, 6-10, 1-5, 10-14, 5-1, 14-18, 1-6, 18-23, 6-10, 23-27, 10-14, 19-23, 14-9, 23-18, 9-6, 18-14, 6-1, 14-9, 1-5, 22-17, 5-14, 17-10, 21-25, 10-15, 25-30, 15-19, 30-26, 27-32, 26-22, 19-24, 20-27, 32-23 White Wins!
Third Position
black to move and win
13-9, 22-18, 9-6, 18-22, 6-1, 22-18, 21-25, 18-15, 1-6!, 14-17, 6-2!, 17-14, 25-22!, 15-10, 22-26, 14-18, 5-9, 10-6, 9-13, 6-10, 26-31!, 10-14, 31-27, 18-22, 27-23, 22-25, 2-7, 25-22, 7-11, 22-25, 11-15, 25-22, 23-27, 22-26, 27-24, 26-22, 24-20, 22-26, 20-16, 26-22, 16-12!, 22-26, 12-8, 26-22, 8-3, 14-9, 15-10 Black Wins!
Fourth Position
black to move and win
white to move and draw
Black's Move: 28-24, 32-28, 24-20, 28-32, 22-18, 31-27, 23-19, 27-31, 19-24, 32-27, 24-28, 27-32, 18-23, 31-27, 23-26, 30-23, 28-24 Black Wins!

White's Move: 31-27, 23-19, 27-31, 19-24, 32-27, 24-20, 27-32, 22-18, 31-27, 28-24, 27-31, 18-23, 31-26 Draw!

Fifth Position
black to move and draw
13-17!, 22-13, 6-10, 13-9, 11-15, 9-6, 15-24, 23-19, 24-27, 6-2, 27-31, 2-6, 31-27, 6-15, 27-24, 20-16, 14-18, 15-22, 24-15, 16-11, 15-8, 22-18, 8-11!, Draw!
McIntosh Position
white to move and draw
24-20, 10-14, 20-24, 14-18, 24-27, 18-22, 27-31, 22-18, 31-27, 18-14, 27-24, 14-10, 24-20, 10-7, 20-24, 7-2, 24-20, 2-7, 20-24, 15-11, 24-20, 11-8, 20-24, 8-4, 24-19, Draw!
Johnson's Position
white to move and win
11-16, 27-31(A), 18-23, 26-22(B), 16-12, 22-17(C), 23-18, 31-27, 12-16, 27-32, 19-15, 32-27, 16-19, 17-21, 18-22, 27-32, 15-18, 32-28, 19-23, 4-8, 23-19!, 28-32, 18-15, 32-27, 19-16, 27-23, 15-10, White Wins!

A: 27-32(D), 18-23, 26-31, 16-11, 32-28, 19-15, 28-32(E), 15-18, 32-28, 11-15, 28-32, 23-26, White Wins!

B: 26-30, 16-12, 30-25, 19-16, 25-30, 16-20, White Wins!

C: 22-25, 19-16, 25-22, 16-20, 22-17, 23-18, 17-13, 18-14, 31-26, 20-16, 26-22, 16-11, 22-25, 12-8, 25-21, 8-3, 21-25, 11-7, 25-22, 7-2, 22-26, 14-9, White Wins!

D: 4-8, 19-15, 26-23, 18-14, 27-24, 14-10, 8-12, 16-20, 23-27, 10-14, White Wins!

E: 28-24, 23-27, 24-28, 27-32, 28-24, 11-16, 31-26, 16-19, 24-28, 15-18, 26-31, 18-22, 4-8, 22-18, 31-26, 18-15, 26-22, 19-16, 8-12, 16-19, White Wins!

Strickland's Position
black to move and win
19-23, 17-14, 16-19, 7-10, 20-24, 10-7, 24-27, 7-10, 27-31, 10-7, 23-26, 7-10, 26-30, 10-7, 19-23, 11-15, 23-26, 7-10, 30-25, 10-7, 25-21, 7-10, 26-22, 10-7, 22-17, 7-10, 17-13, 10-6, 31-27, 15-19, 21-25, 19-15, 27-23, 15-10, 23-19, 10-7(A), 19-15, 7-2, 15-11, 6-1(B), 25-21, 14-10, 5-9, 10-6, 21-17, 1-5, 17-14, 6-1, 11-15, 1-6, 15-19, 2-7, 19-23, 5-1, 14-18, 7-2, 23-19, Black Wins!

A 14-18, 19-16, 18-15, 16-12, 10-14, 12-8, 15-10(C), 8-11, 6-1, 13-9, 14-18, 25-21, Black Wins!

B 14-18, 13-17, 18-23, 25-21, 23-27, 17-13, 27-23, 11-15, 2-7, 5-9, 7-2, 21-17, 6-1, 9-14, 1-6, 15-18, 23-19, 17-21, Black Wins!

C 6-1, 13-9, 14-17, 25-21, 17-22, 9-14, 15-19, 14-10, 19-23, 8-11, Black Wins!

Bowen's Twins
black to move and win
white to move and draw
Black's Move: 23-18, 1-6, 18-14, 6-1, 14-17, 1-6, 19-23, 6-9, 23-18, 2-6, 17-13, 9-5, 18-14, 5-1, 14-9, 6-2, 13-17, 1-5, 17-14, 5-1, 9-5, 2-6, 14-18!, 6-10, 18-23, 10-14(A), 23-19, 1-6, 5-1, 6-9, 19-15, 9-5(B), 11-7, 14-9, 15-18, 9-13, 7-11, 13-17(C), 3-7, 5-9, 7-10, 9-13(D), 1-6, 17-21, 10-14, 13-17, 6-10, 17-13, 18-22, 13-9, 22-25!, Black Wins!

A: 10-6, 23-19, 6-2, 19-15, 2-6, 3-7, 6-2, 7-10, 2-6, 10-14, 6-10, 15-6, 1-17, 5-9, Black Wins!

B: 9-13, 11-7, 14-17, 15-18, 17-21, 1-6, 13-17, 6-10, 17-13, 10-14, 13-17, 7-10, 20-16, 18-15, Black Wins!

C: 13-9, 3-7, 9-13, 7-10, 13-9, 10-14, 9-13, 1-6, 5-1, 6-2, 1-5, 18-15, 5-1, 15-10, 1-5, 10-6, Black Wins!

D: 9-6(E), 10-14, 17-10, 18-14, 10-17, 1-10, Black Wins!

E: 9-5, 18-14, 17-13, 1-6, 5-1, 14-9, 1-5, 10-14, Black Wins!

White's Move: 1-6, 19-15, 6-1, 15-18, 1-6, 18-22, 6-9, 22-17, 2-6, 23-19, 6-10, 11-7, 10-6, 19-15, 6-2, 7-11, 9-6, 17-13, 6-1, 15-10, 2-6, 10-14, 1-5, 11-7(A), 6-2, 7-10, 5-1, 14-9, 20-16, 10-15, 1-6, 9-5, 6-1, 13-17, 2-6, 17-14, 6-2, 14-18, 2-6, 18-23, 6-10, Draw!

A: 11-15, 5-1, 14-10, 6-2, 13-9, 1-5, 10-14, 5-1, 9-5, 20-16, 14-18, 2-6, 18-23, 6-10, 15-6, 1-10, Draw!

Petterson's Drawbridge
white to move and draw
2-7, 23-19, 7-2, 22-18, 2-7, 1-5, 7-2, 19-15, 2-6(A), 5-9, 6-13, 15-6, 20-16, 18-22, 21-17, 6-10, 16-12, 3-7, 12-8, 7-11, 8-3, 11-15, 3-8, 15-18, 8-11, 18-23, 11-16, 23-26, 16-19, 26-30, 19-23, 30-25, 17-14, Draw!
Payne's Draw
white to move and draw
26-23, 14-17, 23-26, 15-10, 22-18, 17-21, 18-22, 10-14, 26-30, 21-17, 30-26, Draw!
Roger's Draw
white to move and draw
19-24, 22-17, 24-19, 17-14, 19-24, 14-10, 23-19, 32-28, 24-20, 10-7, 19-15, 28-32, 20-24, 7-2, 24-19, Draw!

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