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2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby liam stephens on Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:38 am

2016 CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Wishing all readers a Happy Christmas.
This, my final quiz, highlights blunders, mistakes and missed opportunities.
I will show the answers early in the new year.
Even those with the 10 piece database may not find all the answers. :D
I have titled it:

WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT ?

1. Who played 5-9 ? here.

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2. Who played 11-15 ?(loses) here, missing 11-8 (draws) !

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3. Who played 26-23 ? here.

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4. Who played 31-26 ? here.

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5. Who played 26-31 ? here, missing 18-15 ! and the winning shots. ( 26-31 was played to an eventual win, but it took 103 moves to achieve it)

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6. In 1936 two well known players agreed a draw in this position.
Name them.
7. Twenty nine years later in 1965 the same position occurred in a postal match and again a draw was agreed.
Incredible ! Name these two players also.

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White to play and win.


8. In 1864 who played 12-16 ? here.
(A position repeated in the 2004 USA v Barbados tournament)

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9. Who played 25-30 ? here.

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10. Who played 7-10 ? here, missing 15-19 (wins) !

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Re: 2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby johnmcelhone on Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:35 pm

1) Tinsley V Oldbury
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Re: 2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby Bill Salot on Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:54 pm

9) Borghetti V Moiseyev
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Re: 2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby liam stephens on Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:58 am

2016 CHRISTMAS QUIZ- ANSWERS
Hands up all who scored 10 out of 10. :)

WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT ?

1. Who played 5-9 ? here.

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Tinsley v Oldbury 1958 match.
One of Tinsley's rare losses. Tinsley's comment: "To call this move a 'boner' would be to dignify it; to say that it shocked the onlookers is an understatement. On me the effect was such that several days passed before I regained any measure of confidence in my ability. The position is really quite interesting and after the game Oldbury showed the the course he had expected the game to take: *18-22, 7-16, 22-29, 16-11, *15-18, 31-26, *20-24. 27-20, 29-25, 11-15, 25-30, 15-22, 30-23. White is strong yet cannot force a win." (Ref: International Draughts and Checkers, page 37.)

2. Who played 11-15 ?(loses) here, missing 11-8 (draws) !

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Don Lafferty v Milton Apel - US National 1962. (Apel won)

3. Who played 26-23 ? here.

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Abe J. Mantell v Michael Lieber - 6th American Ty. 1924.
Continue 7-2, 23-16, 2-6, White wins.

4. Who played 31-26 ? here.

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John F. Horr v Alfred Jordan - 6th American Ty. 1924. (Ref: Sixth American Checker Tourney book, page 261.)

According to Richard Fortman, after Jordan moved 9-6, Horr looked at the position, then got up from the table and without shaking hands left the room, not to be seen again in play until the 2nd International match in 1927.

5. Who played 26-31 ? here, missing 18-15 ! and the winning shots. ( 26-31 was played to an eventual win, but it took 103 moves to achieve it.)

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Andrew Anderson v James Wyllie 1847 match, game 32.
After 18-15 Black gets 4 for 3 or 3 for 2. (Ref: Oldbury's Square World, page 12.)

6. In 1936 two well known players agreed a draw in this position.
Name them.
7. Twenty nine years later in 1965 the same position occurred in a postal match and again a draw was agreed.
Incredible ! Name these two players also.

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White to play and win.

Missed in play, George O' Connor v Samuel Levy 1936. (Ref: Oldbury's Square World, page 45.)

Also missed in mail play, Bob Flood v William Glasson - US v UK Mail Match 1965.
Play 17-14, 30-25, 22-18, 25-22,21-17!, 22-15, 14-10, and it is a win for White. (Oldbury)


8. In 1864 who played 12-16 ? here.

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James Wyllie v Alexander Dewar, played in Glasgow, Scotland, 1864. (Ref: Boland's Famous Positions page 78.)
The position is known as the Dewar stroke.
Also played by Gene Lindsay v Junior Walrond - Barbados v USA 2004.
Walrond replied with 30-26, which only draws.
After 12-16 ? continue 13-9, 3-12, 31-27, 5-14, 30-26, 22-31, 6-9, White wins.

9. Who played 25-30 ? here.

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Michele Borghetti v Alex Moiseyev WCM 2011 in game 12.

10. Who played 7-10 ? here, missing 15-19 (wins) !

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Frank Gallagher v Alf Huggins 1958.
Gallagher played 7-10? and White won.
But, 15-19!. 24-15, 8-12! , then 1-5, Black wins. (Ref: Oldbury's Square World, page 44.)
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Re: 2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby George Hay on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:59 am

Hi Liam, Happy New Year!...I won't be raising my hand for this quiz, as I had more than a few misses! :)

1. Marion Tinsley lost game 1 against Derek Olbury in their 1958 World Championship Match, the first part of the match played in London. Tinsley went on to win the match by a score of 9-1-24. The position may be seen in Sixth by Alex Moiseyev on page 181, Most Famous Blunders.

4. John F. Horr lost against Alfred Jordan in the 1924 American Tournament in New York City. The position is in Sixth by Mr. Alex, page 181, Most Famous Blunders.

5. I guessed wrong and took a chance with Richardson vs Durgin, a long game mentioned on page 18 of Rambles With The Switcher by W.T. Call, "...Richardson vs. Durgin...is perhaps the longest game on record."

8. James Wyllie lost to Alexander Dewar in this famous shot that made an entry of Dewar stroke in W.T. Call's Vocabulary Of Checkers. It is also Lesson 40 in Jim Loy's Checker Lessons. The diagram after 12-16 is the front cover diagram to USA vs. BARBADOS 2004 by Jim Loy.

9. Michele Borghetti lost to Alex Moiseyev in game 12 of the 2011 World Championship Match. Michele Borghetti narrowly lost the match in 2011, but won the rematch in 2013. The 2011 game 12 is a topic in the ACF Forum:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2719

Liam, thank you for a most instructive Christmas Quiz 2016.

--George Hay
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Re: 2016 Christmas Quiz

Postby liam stephens on Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:04 pm

Thanks George for the link and additional information.
You did well in the quiz.
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