Online checkers library.

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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:58 am

My Spanish correspondent surprised me again with links to sites already gone, seems there is something called WayBack Machine that helps pull out deleted pages from the archive. Is there anyone here who could assist? The information seems of a great historical significance, this is a chance to pull it out before it is gone forever. The goal is to combine the bits and pieces into a PDF book:
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I remember that I saw a list with the covers of old Spanish draughts books (XVI century, XVII century, etc.) a few years ago somewhere in the Internet. I checked today in my archives and luckily found the URL, but it is no longer available, not even using the WayBack Machine (a service offered by archive.org)!

http://personales.ya.com/damasclasicas/ ... ia_II.html

This web was maintained by José Luis González Sanz if I am not wrong. He also maintained other web that is still reachable with the help of the WayBack Machine:

http://www.terra.es/personal2/jlgsanz/d ... grafia.htm

I think it could be interesting to have those covers under 'Damas clásicas' section... but I did not save any of them in the past, my bad. The home page of the first web is reachable with the WayBack Machine, as well as the previous link to the list of covers ('ESPAÑOLA' button would lead to the list):

https://web.archive.org/web/20080713073 ... sclasicas/

https://web.archive.org/web/20080620020 ... or_Bi.html

Just a pity! I leave you the first URL just in case you can magically (other alternatives to the WayBack Machine, for example) reach the site with the covers.

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I realized some months ago about the existance of a manuscript from around the first half of the XVII century about Spanish draughts. More info here:

http://mcem.iec.cat/veure.asp?id_manuscrits=239

http://damasweb.com/poderosadama.html

http://damasweb.com/wpimages/wp6f0d9a5d.jpg

This manuscript has around 150 pages. The cover of this manuscript makes references to two well-known books: Pedro Ruiz Montero's book of 1591 (not uploaded in OCL) and Lorenzo Valls' book of 1597 (uploaded in OCL). It even includes 'Lances de Ganapierde' in the last pages, which could be translated as 'Problems of Giveaway'. Giveaway checkers before 1650? Probably yes, who knows? It looks like there is a copy in the Catalonian Library (the first link about this manuscript) because it was donated in 1956. That copy has an addition from the XVIII century, referring to Cecina Rica's book, already uploaded in OCL.

A probable date of the manuscript is 25th May, 1637 (found inside the manuscript among some problems). Govert Westerveld studied it. Even Alonso Guerra is mentioned, which was other author of Spanish draughts books (the bibliography uploaded to OCL cites him in years 1595 and 1658). Of course I do not have access to this manuscript, but I find interesting to share this info with you. Please feel free to use this info if you want.

I hope OCL will grow more and more!

Regards from Spain.

Damista.













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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Just found a couple of nice articles about New York players, could someone check them out, maybe there are more of the kind and make a PDF for the library?
http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2014/10/0 ... rs-master/
http://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2014/09/2 ... rful-mind/
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:46 pm

The CL Library is approaching the monumental 100,000 visit, currently at over 99,500.
Its Straight Checkers room contains hundreds of books and magazines going back to Payne, and also thousands of world championship games.
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:00 pm

The historical 100,000 visit is expected today. Will you be the one? Send in the screenshot to prove.
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:32 pm

I am perplexed - I have collected thousands of checker pictures, especially checker art, put some as a quick teaser in the Gallery, but more and more pictures coming, somehow I need to present them differently, with search capability - that is a lot of time!
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:48 pm

The Scottish gentleman who was so instrumental in so many rare straight checkers books in the library has not been heard from for over a year - he was in the middle of scanning a large book when he took time off for a vacation - I never heard from him again. I wrote a couple of people asking about his health, etc. but got no answers.

There was a new world champion last year - but no one sent any information or games to update the world champions list. I do not see many straight checkers players visiting the library.

I contacted some public libraries known for their draughts collections, also dead end.
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby George Hay on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:00 am

Hi Jake, Sergio Scarpetta defeated Ron King in the 2014 GAYP World Championship Match 4-1-17.

This is a link to the games of that match:

http://www.manghisi.it/Export/htm/inglese/match2014.htm

I see you have updated the library to include the recently published The Art Of Winning by Tjalling Goedemoed.
Of course, that is in the 10x10 section along with Tjalling Goedemoed's Course In Draughts.

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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:01 am

>Art of winning
Yes George, per your post here
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:27 am

> http://www.manghisi.it/Export/htm/inglese/match2014.htm

The PDN file could not be downloaded
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby George Hay on Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:11 am

There is still the WCDF Games page that includes "King V Scarpetta 2014."

http://www.wcdf.net/forum.htm
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:11 pm

Thanks George, match is added
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby George Hay on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:50 am

Jake, thank you for an incredible line up of Checkers World Championship Matches! Along with Wiswell vs Hopper II in 1953, you have Wiswell vs Fraser II in 1959, another match where the games were truly in danger of being lost!

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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:24 am

Thanks again, my role is to provide technical means, the rare findings come from players around the world.
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:22 pm

This also means that it is up to the players to fill the shelves, if you have old books, magazines, bulletins, etc. - why not share them with the rest of the world? Liam Stephens, John Reade, Jim Loy, Bob Newell - all great editors of their own publications, they willingly contributed; players from Scotland, England, Spain, Italy - they contributed much more than the American players. If you enjoy their gifts why not give something in return?
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Re: Online checkers library.

Postby tgf on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:59 pm

There seem to be a famous pitcher named Christy Mathewson and he was an avid checker player.
Here is an interesting article describing how the checker book that belonged to him was sold for $26,000 dllars!
http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/auc ... 5/429.html
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