The Black Goose Walk

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The Black Goose Walk

Postby George Hay on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:19 pm

The Goose Walk is a loss for white, and is one of the oldest and most famous opening traps. But the Black Goose Walk is a similar trap that is a loss for black. It is described in Vocabulary of Checkers (1909) by W.T. Call, who credits Hill's Manual (1893). This opening trap looks familiar to me, as I'm almost sure I've fallen for it. But has it not been published in 100 years? 1. 11-15 22-18 2. 15x22 25x18 3. 8-11 29-25 4. 4-8 24-20 5. 12-16 26-22 6. 10-15
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Re: The Black Goose Walk

Postby MostFamousDane on Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:48 am

Yes it has it is in Lees' guide No 29 variant 6l
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Re: The Black Goose Walk

Postby George Hay on Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:21 pm

Sune, what edition of Lees' Guide did you find it in? The 1892 London edition and the 1909 New York ninth edition
have opening No. 29 as Kelso 10-15. On page 111 of each edition note l (as in a small letter L) refers to variant 5,
not variant 6. I have not been able to find the Black Goose Walk in Jim Loy's Lees' Guide either. --George Hay
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Re: The Black Goose Walk

Postby MostFamousDane on Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:51 pm

George Hay wrote:Sune, what edition of Lees' Guide did you find it in? The 1892 London edition and the 1909 New York ninth edition
have opening No. 29 as Kelso 10-15. On page 111 of each edition note l (as in a small letter L) refers to variant 5,
not variant 6. I have not been able to find the Black Goose Walk in Jim Loy's Lees' Guide either. --George Hay


I am not sure what edition it is - it has a sub title of "new edition revised and enlarged by J.W Dawson. it contains no mention of date or edition - it seems to have been published by David McKay. The mentioned variant is on page 130 - opening 29 (single corner), variant 6 note l and it is attributed to Drum'nd (which must be some kind of typo/abbreviation of Drummond.
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Re: The Black Goose Walk

Postby George Hay on Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:52 pm

Sune, thank you for your help! I did find the Black Goose Walk in Jim Loy's Lees' Guide under Single Corner,
[Event "Lees' Guide p.130L, J. Drummond"]. This time it was easy to find! The Black Goose Walk is not named in Lees' Guide like the original Goose Walk is, but I didn't expect that anyway. Even the earlier 1892 and 1909 editions have it right there on page 60, No. 17 Single Corner, note g within note f of the main game. That was a bit more difficult to find! J.W. Dawson's Lees' Guide published by David McKay is dated at 1931 and the 1940's by booksellers on the www. --George Hay
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Re: The Black Goose Walk

Postby tommyc on Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:47 am

Yes it looks like its been dated 1931!!
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