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[By S.D.C.] The suburban dubs having dosed down for the season, the. only club left is the Otago. The attendance*) of late have been below the average, owing to various causes. Their tourney still drags out its weary length, and will take some weeks to nnisii. There was uo play at the. dubroom last night, but when the bad weather is taken into account that is not surprising. The score, sheets of tho Si. Kiida and Bay (Tuba have not yet readied me, but will he. published on receipt. Tito remarKs of the. president of the, Anderson Bay Club at tho wuul-nu social last week call for more than passing notice. He suggested that for the opening of tho season a match, i>ay Town v. .■suburbs, should be played. The suggestion is a good one, anti will doubtless be acted upon. L.iat, year sudi a match was jiJayed in the month of .November, and was very successful. It is unlikely that tho games will be continued this year, so Uio gathering above, referred to would be opportune tor morn reasons than one. It would bo the. moans of getting the players together for the season more quickly, and would also give lire committee of the Town v. Country annual fixture a good chance of gelling into touch with many new piaycrs, who would perhaps otherwise escape notice. That such a match will eventuate lies with the players themselves, and they should sec to it that u is not oveiiooued. 1 am iu receipt of a communication from .Mr D. Cameron, lion, secretary oi Cm Invercargill local committee of tho N.Z.D.A., appealing for assistance to carry out the usual Easter tournaments. This year both the Australasian and New Zealand championships are to be competed fur. Thu amount proposed to he disbursed is a liberal one, and it is hoped that players generally will rally round ami give, a willing and helping hand to uur Invercargill men. it is many years since a tourney was held in the soul hern city. Draughts playing has been little heard of, and, as iu other places, the holding of the. tourney will give the game a- much-needed lift.

” Nailer’s” letter, iu which tie’ states that "tho huff ” should be abolished, was referred to last week. His contention is that it is mean, and also- arbitrary. How such a decision can be come to 1 fad to see. Rules 16 and 17 of the Standard Laws of tile game are as follow : —l6. ” ’The ’ huff,’ or ’ blow,’ is (before one plays liis own piece) to remove from the board any one of the- adverse pieces that might or should have taken. But the hull cr blow never constitutes a play.’’ 17. ” Tho player has tho power either to luili. compel the take, or to let Lie. pieee remain <m the board, as he thinks proper.'’ There i» nothing arbitrary m that, as tire one at fault places tho power or authority to net in the hand of ids opponent, and when ha has done tint surely he won’t want ids opponent to ask him what ho is to do, especially as he is increasing Ids task. It might be that the piece was left intentionally. .Many games have been lost through players accepting the huff and removing the piece from the board. I have a good example of that. It occurred between two good players at Heme. -V intentionally emitted to ’’ take." rind B huffed him; remit. B lost. "It

would.” says “ Nailov/’ "lie better to compel the 1 take every time,” and there you have compulsion. After a lengthened experience of the game, 1 have found that, the rule works excellently, and c:mnot see any food or valid reason why it should be altered. However. 1 should like to hear more on this subject, so if any reader cares to discuss it lie will have ample opportunity. NVt only this in particular. hut any other |>oinf> of the game.

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DRAUGHTS NOTES, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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DRAUGHTS NOTES Issue 15636, 29 October 1914

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