Bill Salot wrote:The mention of Churchill's Compilations brings back many fond memories.
Ernie Churchill was a good mail player. He developed a personal manuscript covering both sides of every opening. It consisted of what he considered to be the "best" available moves. He used his manuscript to start the monthly publication that he called Churchill's Compilations (CC). He thought it would be finished when he published the last opening.
But Herb Richter and others kept sending Ernie additions, corrections, and transpositions. He couldn't keep up. I volunteered to print copies and mail them to all the subscribers if he would continue his work. He agreed.
He typed each issue on an old typewriter in California, and mailed the original pages to me in Virginia each month. He included a few bucks for postage and envelopes. I Xeroxed the pages and sent the copies to his subscribers. I then returned his originals to him, and awaited the next batch. This went on for more than 20 years, and generated thousanmds of loose leaf pages of play for each subscriber.
You asked what happened to the originals. I don't know, but I can guess. I visited Ernie a few years before he died. He told me that his son was not interested in checkers, so Ernie was concerned about what would happen to CC when he was gone. I told him I had been keeping a complete, clean set of pages in case more copies were needed for new subscribers. I still have it in addition to my annotated set.
Except for its sentimental value, CC is not worth much in this computer age. But it brings back memories.
JR Smith wrote:Hello Jay, why are most scans posted with the right hand side clipped?
Bill Salot wrote:Thanks, Jay, for bringing up CC and responding to my comments on it. Anything you add about CC will be of interest to me.
Earl Hangen sent me the picture that you mentioned. His comment that maybe I would be back was based on the fact that I haven't yet retired from my full time job. I've never been far away from checkers. if I retire, checkers would probably get a bigger chunk of my time. At 78, I'm old enough.
Last summer, a friend at work told me I could play checkers on the internet. Since then, I've got my feet wet on Kurnik and Fly or Die. I learned that I can't compete with the strong players, and I still get hung up analyzing worthless end games instead of practical openings and midgames.
I learned that there are checker programs, but I'm not sure whether I could install one if I had one. They probably make problem composing obsolete because all the late game positions are already in their databases.
I'll drop in now and then. Jay, please tell me something about yourself. How old are you, and where are you from?
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