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[By S.D.C.]

Locally there is little to report. The Otago Club’s tourney is still moving ahead slowlv, but. when the players settle down after' the elections it should be soon brought to a close. With the exception of those who arc keeping up their practice in view of the forthcoming championships meeting, little play is going on. There is no word yet of the remit of the Banks-Jordan world’s championship match. From exchanges to hand wo learn that Mr A. W. Valentine, of Rock Island, is referee, and the draughts editor of the ‘ Pittsburg Leader ‘ is stakeholder. In playing a game there is nothing like a judicious sacrifice. Time and again lias the writer (“D.C.,” in the * Queenslander ’) proved this to bo true, and saved the situation by 44 throwing the piece ” just in the nick’of time, when'all seemed lost. But not only is a judicious sacrifice helpful defensively ; it is just as important in attack, and many a game may be won, and has been won, by a timely ’• Greek gift." I remember reading in the columns of an exchange that “ with the ordinary player the axiom that ‘a man’s, a man for a’ that’ holds supreme sway, and he would no more dream of deliberately throwing a piece away than he would nroposo to fly. This implicit faith in the big battalions oft causes his downfall, for when some opponent, incautiously, he thinks, leaves a piece unprotected. he pounces on it with avidity, only to find it is a snare and a delusion, and that the other follow has once more got the best of him.” “ The sciences are useful and grand things, but flowers —the lily of the valley and tne roses of the garden—are among the greatest beauties and glories of Nature. To the latter, and not to the former, does draughts primarily belong. Let us never forget that wliatever else draughts may be, it is primarily a game, a recreation, ‘ a thing of beauty and a Joy for ever’—to those who win.”

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DRAUGHTS NOTES, Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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DRAUGHTS NOTES Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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