Mystery Game?

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Mystery Game?

Postby jaguar72 on Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:01 pm

All,

In the March 1950 issue of Elam's Checker Board the writer Howard W. Peck (West Cheshire, Connecticut) in a column called The Nutmeg Corner gave the following game, calling it "one of the finest examples of high-class checkers ever played...it is the strongest sequence known for both black and white. The student will do well to go over the game carefully and take note of each move for each side." Having said this, he then failed to identify the players (perhaps he felt the game was too well known to have to do so).

Needless to say, I don't have a clue...can any of our members help?? I would really like to know.

11-15, 23-18, 8-11 - ECB Game No. 4729 (this was the heading from ECB...)

11-15 23-18, 8-11 27-23, 4-8 23-19, 9-14 18-9, 5-14 22-17, 15-18 26-22, 11-15 17-13, 7-11 13-9, 6-13 24-20, 15-24 22-6, 1-10 28-19, 14-18 30-26, 18-23 26-22, 23-26 32-27, 26-30 22-17, 13-22 25-18, 2-6 21-17, 6-9 27-23, 9-13 18-14, 13-22 14-7, 3-10 23-18, 30-25 18-15, 11-18 31-26, 22-31 29-6, 8-11 6-2, 31-27 19-16, 12-19 2-7, 11-15 7-11, 15-18 11-15, 19-24 15-22, 27-23 20-16 Drawn

There were, of course, extensive annotations (and three variations), none of which identified the players. ECB readers who commented on the game seemed to recognize it, so it must be pretty well known (but not, alas, to me).

Any help from any of our experts would be greatly appreciated!

V/R,
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Re: Mystery Game?

Postby albert tucker on Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:18 am

This game is in KEARS played between Bowen and Yates,with a note by J.P.Reed,declaring one of the finest games he had ever seen!
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Re: Mystery Game?

Postby jaguar72 on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:22 am

Ahhhh, Yates; no wonder, then, it was so good.

Thank you, Mr. Tucker. Sincerely appreciated.

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Re: Mystery Game?

Postby jaguar72 on Sun May 02, 2010 6:30 pm

Reference my original "Mystery Game?" email and Mr. Tucker's excellent reply, here is the second (of three) variations which Howard Peck included in his The Nutmeg Corner article in the March 1950 ECB. Mr. Peck did not give a source, but I found the game (quite by accident...) in Lees' Guide under No. 8-"Cross.", Variation 4, note "o" (page 33 in my copy of Lees'):

11-15 23-18, 8-11 27-23, 4-8 23-19, 9-14 18-9, 5-14 22-17, 15-18 26-22, 18-23 19-15, 11-18 22-15, 10-19 24-15, 14-18 31-27, 7-10 17-14, 10-17 21-14, 6-10 14-7, 3-19 27-24, 2-7 24-15, 12-16 28-24, 16-19 24-20, 7-10 15-6, 1-10 25-22, 18-25 29-22, 8-11 22-17, 11-5 Drawn (Drummond).

Short, sweet and almost as pretty as the Bowen/Yates trunk game (well, I think so anyway...)!

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