"250 Years of Checker Books"--which is the rarest?

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"250 Years of Checker Books"--which is the rarest?

Postby Mr. Checkers on Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:48 am

:lol: From Payne's "Game of Draughts" to Alex's "6th". "Checker Trivia" questions of the Day"? Which of all those hundreds of checker books do you feel is the rarest? And which is your favorite checker book? Optional question--which checker book would you want to be buried with? :lol: (Cont.)
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Re: "250 Years of Checker Books"--which is

Postby Ingo_Zachos on Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:25 pm

If you could get the scoresheets of the legendary Anderson-Wyllie match, handwritten by Anderson, you problably got the rarest items.

My favorite book is not a rare one:

"The Compleate Draughts Player" by Chernev.
It does have everything needed to know about the art of checkers in just one volume, delivers inspiration to me and is very good for the beginner and the master alike...
I can't understand why it is not in print anymore :-(
It really sparkles and instructs!

Also there r various special categories I want to nominate my favorite books:

A) Tournament Books
1. US nationals 1924 by Finley,
2. US nationals 1937 by Finley,
3. Scottish ty 1950 by Oldbury

B) Match Books
1. Hanson -Hall 1955 by L.L. Hall,
2. Checker Kings in Action by Wiswell and Hopper,
3. International Draughts and Checkers by Oldbury, Tinsley , Fraser & Wiswell

C) Problems & Tactics:
1. Goulds Problems by Gould,
2. Familiar Themes by Boland,
3. Trip, Tricks & Shots by Ryan

D) Openings:
1. The British Draughts Player, Strickland et al.
2. Lees Guide, James Lees,
3. Basic Checkers, Richard Fortman,

E) Biograhies/ Game collections of famous players:
1. The Sixth, Alex Moiseyev,
2. Checkers the tinsley Way, Shuffett,
3. RD Yates by WT Call

D) Beginners Guides:
1. How to Win at Checkers by Hopper,
2. Stating Out in Draughts/Checkers by Pask,
3. Hill's manual by Hill

I am not very well read in the subject of checkers/draughts, so it is likely that there r books I never read that r better then those nominated by me.

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Re: "250 Years of Checker Books"--which is

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:37 pm

Encylopedias: Solid Checkers, Kears
Games: American Best Checkers
Endings: Border Classic
Problems: Gould, Heffner, Masterpieces
Midgame: Oldbury Encyclopedia

Any Richard Pask book which covers all categories !!!

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Re: "250 Years of Checker Books"--which is the rar

Postby Pedro Saavedra on Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:46 pm

> Which of all those hundreds of checker books do you feel is the rarest?

The question has to be more specific. In my days as a checker bibliophile I some times would come across bound handwritten checker books. Somebody had spent his retirement years studying some three-move opening and had a thick notebook full of notes. The family did not know what to do with it and donated it to a thrift shop which put it up for sale. It happened again and again. I came across several of these in the 1970s. Each was probably the only copy of the book, and as I had never heard of the player, I do not know how valuable they were. I hate to admit that I threw all of them out when I moved to Maryland, thinking I would never be playing seriously again.
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Re: "250 Years of Checker Books"--which is

Postby Mr. Checkers on Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:57 pm

:lol: Pedro our question is referring to printed books only; not hand written manuscripts. Opinions will surely vary as to which one is the rarest. Please have a nice day. :lol: (Cont.)
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