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Lliy S.D.C.] So fiii as tlu' game locally is concerned things are at a standstill. Owing to coun-ter-attractions of one kind and another the attendances tit the Ota go Club have fallen off. and consequently there is little pro.-pcct of tMtnitf the tournament through before the Now Year. The only ityiu of interest is the- forthcoming championships, the local committee for which report satisfactory progress. "In a Hopeless Mix-up!"—Willie (lardner tells the following story :—" We recollect reading a story some years ago of one of the "automatons' that had made some marvellous stores. A party of students, having some idoubts as to the mechanical patt of the show, jointly approached the proprietor and arranged a sitting for themselves alone. The, chosen one took his place before- the board, his companions h.-itig grouped around. Play commenced, and each of those around lit his pip..—smoking on ordinary occasions being prohibited—and by a coincidence, or otherwise, the volumes of smoke all travelled towards the face of the automaton. Such was the fog that thus obscured his view of the board that Ids moves became morn and moro erratic, and he quukly got his pieces into a hopeless li'ix-up, when he closed the game with a sweep of his arm. removing all the pieces from tho squares." A eonespoiKk-nt (says 'lnternationalist') was " tripped up" over the following positionji—Black on 6, 9, 12; Whito 20, king, 17; Black to play. Ho was requested by a, fellow-clubman to give his opinion as to tha probable result of thii ending, assuming that it was Black to play. After a careful examination, during which he noted that Black would have to lose one of its pieces and then leave White with a win by '"first position," ho declared it was a White win. Thereupon his friend iaughed, and told him hei wa* mistaken, and that Black had a draw. Again my correspondent scannod the position, but could sco nothing but a White- win, and, thinking that it was an attempt to cet a laugh at his expense, ho declared ho could prove his win for u, limail wager. Put it on tho board and see what you make of it. I havo no doubt that opinions will be much divided over

An Alternative Title.—Tho head master of a. school recently put up a notice that on an early date he would lecturo on the following subject: • Our Eye*;, and How We vSoo Through Them.' Shortly alter-w-li-.Ls he wau astonished to find an alternative, title written underneath; " Our Pupils, and How They .See Through Us,'

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DRAUGHTS NOTES, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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DRAUGHTS NOTES Issue 15678, 17 December 1914

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