CHRISTMAS QUIZ 2010
1.In the 19th century and early 20th century, which long living personality in the game had a residence in the now fashionable Canonbury district of North London ?
2.Which former ACF Bulletin Editor resided in Baton Rouge ?
W. B. Grandjean.
3.In the 1970’s which Hall and district of Birmingham was a venue for a number of British Counties matches.
Digbeth Civic Hall.
4.Which tea room/restaurant was the meeting place for London Draughts players during the 1930s and 40s.
Diviani’s Restaurant (in Newgate Street, London)
5.Which famous problem composer won a first prize of £3 – 3 – 0 (three pounds and three shillings) in 1894 for one of his problems ?
6.What was the title of the Newspaper it first appeared in ?
The Liverpool Mercury.
7.According to one authority “ In Gaelic there is but one word , for both Chess and Draughts.” What is it ?
“Taileasg” (G. F. Pardon in his book – Draughts and Backgammon 1862.)
8.Name the Draughts Magazine that is being referred to in the following passage:
“The writing and tabular work deserves the often mis-used term ‘copper-plate’, and to look through the book today is to realise that penmanship is indeed one of the lost arts.”
The Leeds Weekly Draught Player. (comment by W. G. Parker in the New Draughts World, July 1937)
9.Sturges in his Guide wrote: “In short, the Author entertains a hope, that…..whatever fate his Book may experience from the surly critic, …………………”
Who turned out to be the surly critic ?
Richard Twiss (in Miscellanies 1805).
(“ The surly critic has nothing else left to animadvert upon, as the rest of the book consists merely of numeral figures, …………”)
10.Which Opening was originally called the Black Switcher ?
12-16, 24-20, 8-12. (see Tonar’s Draught Board, May 1, 1869)