Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby JR Smith on Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:09 pm

You can check out http://www.nccheckers.org/NCCA/08%20Cle ... ibrary.htm Cleveland Library site has changed all their url so use the below

http://www.cpl.org/BooksMoviesMore/Coll ... books.aspx
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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby Jay H on Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:13 pm

JohnAcker wrote:......, as one of these days I'd like to put together a scholarly project on checkers literature.


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Seriously looking forward to that :!: :!: :!:

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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby jaguar72 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:40 pm

Seriously looking forward to that :!: :!: :!:


You are obviously a renaissance man, Jay!

Maybe if John publishes his "scholarly project" it would initiate a checkers renaissance... .

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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby Jay H on Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:16 pm

I applaud everyone's efforts to promote, preserve and sensationalize the game....John would be a perfect candidate for such an effort as he describes.

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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby jaguar72 on Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:02 am

Jay H wrote:I applaud everyone's efforts to promote, preserve and sensationalize the game....John would be a perfect candidate for such an effort as he describes.


Indeed he would. In the last four or five years chess has benefitted from the publication of some really fine books: J C Hallman's The Chess Artist, David Shenk's The Immortal Game, Paul Hoffman's King's Gambit and especially Michael Chabon's incredible, manic, and completely addictive The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

All of these books used chess as a theme and were of interest to the general reading public; that is, you didn't even have to play the game to enjoy them and be fascinated (and, perhaps, get interested enough to start playing...). The first three were "studies" (more-or-less) on chess, its relationship to larger society, and its influence on individuals (I guess this description makes them sound dry and perhaps a little boring, but they aren't, not in the least); Chabon's book is fiction (but boy-oh-boy is it good...).

Anyhow, there is no reason that a similar checkers book (or books) could not appeal to this much wider audience. The time may be ripe and checkers could use the boost; all we need is a reasonably skilled author. Are you listening, John?

I think you are exactly right, Jay: "promote, preserve and sensationalize" sums it up nicely.

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Re: Photo: 9th American Tournament (1938)

Postby liam stephens on Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:13 pm

Some of the older Checker books are now available in "print on demand " format, for example Call's Midget Problems.

Also recommended:

Charles Lamb - A Dissertation upon Roast Pig.

Walt Whitman - The Wound Dresser.


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