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SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Bill Salot on Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:05 pm

Those who may have downloaded SLOCUM STROKES from Jay's EMOCH web site http://www.online-museum-of-checkers-history.com/ , please be aware that this free book is frequently being updated.

More additions are forthcoming.

SLOCUM STROKES was first posted at EMOCH on 9/23/2011.

On 9/26/2011, Slocum’s “LAST PUBLISHED GAME”, 47 years after his death, was added as Page 436, thanks to Liam Stephens

On 10/6/2011, on Page 21, Hugh Egan’s Melbourne Weekly Times, and 7 Slocum settings that appeared in it, were added as a new reference, thanks to Liam Stephens. Also a Wikipedia error was corrected on Page 61.

This book has a lot of original analysis; some of it is claimed to correct Slocum. Corrections of or additions to that analysis and/or related historical facts would be welcomed and credited on Page 7 in the book. Send them anytime to this forum or to Bill Salot at wjsalot@comcast.net

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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby George Hay on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:06 am

Bill, thank you for the update! I focused in on Slocum’s Correction of O. H. Richmond of Grand Rapids (page 298), but that is only the start! --George Hay
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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Bill Salot on Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:22 pm

George,

For another reference to the reputation of the famous O.H.Richmond, see the "Background" to SLOCUM STROKE #56a, starting on Page 214. The story also deeply involves another Michigan problemist named William Barrenger.

I am a native Michigander too, although I migrated to Virginia in 1953.

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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby George Hay on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:35 pm

Bill, thanx for the info, it is good to know about another Michigan connexion to Checkers!
BTW, that is great detective work! --George Hay
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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Jay H on Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:35 pm

George Hay wrote:Bill, thanx for the info, it is good to know about another Michigan connexion to Checkers!
BTW, that is great detective work! --George Hay


George,
The more you study this work.....the more impressed you will be !
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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Bill Salot on Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:50 pm

In case you missed it, SLOCUM STROKES at http://www.online-museum-of-checkers-history.com/ was revised again on 10/22/2011. The main addition is a 12-page article on WHAT I LEARNED FROM SLOCUM ABOUT COMPOSING. The book is up to 481 pages now.

Also see the POSITIONS section of this Forum for a proposed PROBLEM COMPOSING CONTEST. You don't have to travel or be a Gtrandmaster to compete.

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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Bill Salot on Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:40 pm

Belated thanks to Kelly Brown, Al Lyman, Richard Pask, Liam Stephens, and Jay Hinnershitz for their contributions to the November 19, 2011, update of SLOCUM STROKES. Their inputs are summarized on the last page (Page 489) of the book, which remains accessible on Jay's web site.

Since then, more inputs have been received. I will acknowledge them with the next update.

The delay in this acknowledgement was caused by a month of issues with my computer. My advice is don't get caught even partially unprepaired for when your computer crashes.

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Re: SLOCUM STROKES

Postby Bill Salot on Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:54 pm

If you have previously downloaded a free copy of SLOCUM STROKES, you may want to replace it with the latest version, dated January 11, 2012. Jay recently posted it on his EMOCH site after some delay caused by a major computer problem.

The update has a great many additions summarized on its last page (Page 490). The primary sources of these additions were draughts columns in the following ten digitized Australian newspapers:

> Australian Town & Country Journal, Editor:Coulter Fell
> Brisbane Courier, Australia, Editor: "Oblique"
> Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania
>Queenslander, Brisbane, Australia, Editor: Double Corner"
>Sunday Times, Perth, Western Australia
> Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales, Australia
> The Mail Adelaide, Australia, Editor: "Kelso"
> The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania
>Western Mail, Perth, Western Australia
> Worker, Brisbane, Australia

These newspapers were all located through this free link furnished by Liam Stephens: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/resul ... %2C+Slocum

Surprisingly, the link did not bring up any of the Melbourne Weekly Times draughts columns that ran continuously for about 70 years, mostly with the famous Hugh Egan as editor.

Danny Alvarez, would you check with your local library and find out whether they have a paid subscription to the digitized Melbourne Weekly Times?

North American and European digitized newspapers also require paid subscriptions for access. There must be tons of draughts literature buried in those old publications.

By the way, the single most published Slocum problem in the above Australian newspapers was #25 (appeared 9 times). Second most was #60 (7 times).

Ain't this fascinating?

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