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[By S.D.C.]

Locally there ic nothing to report. The attendances at the Otago Club' are very sr ali, the elections commanding the attention of plr.yers. Report':, from Invercarsnll rhow that the task of the Local Committee is a very heavy one, owing to the financial demands for ii?sistiuiw that are being made. However, with a good working committee much can be and is being done. •—Our Ancient Pastime.— It is etated that the game of draughts as plaved nr.w, it* nbcut. :i century and a halt older than " modern " chess, but it is net so old as chess. Ancient forms of draughts existed, however, "in all nations of any degree of civilisation long before chess. The ancient Unman or Latin draughts was quite a scientific game, and it wae plaved before che's was known anywhere." The game was a game of the nature of draughts, but inferior to scientific draughts of to-day. The board had move than (A squares, and the moves of the men, as well as the rules of play, altogether differed from those of draughts of modern times. The ancient Egyptians" played a similar but simpler game." —How a '" Cook " Originated.—

It will be remembered that Barker equalised his match with Jordan, of Edinburgh, in their match in ISOO by a:i extraordinary win on ths "Demy Opening." Commenting on this game, an >, American writer says: "It was a 'confessed cook,' and a t; pical specimen, promising to keep the checker enthusiasts arguing both orally and in print for somo time. The opening stage- was 10-14, 23-19, a game which bristles with multitudinous possibilities, and which, singular to relate, has turned out disastrous "for Jordan, Freodman winning the same opening off him in his match. The idea of the ">cook " was to bring about otter the exchange by* 14-18 a seemingly veak position in tho " Old Fourteenth,' and a minute study of over 300 variations wa* provided for .Mr Jordan. Tho "cook" originated in tho'Boston Checker Club. Mr Dean, tho club's president, tried the new ntove on a local major, but was beaten. Htffncr, observing"th'e innovation, tried it on Grover, and he also wont under, ner remarking at the close: " That move has possibilities." Then he and Grover got to work and developed the scheme which "dovued" the areat Britisher.

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DRAUGHTS NOTES, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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DRAUGHTS NOTES Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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