Flay locally is at a standstill, and will remain so till after the New Year. That all cf our readers and players may have a Happy Christmas is the sincere wish of the editor.
The position given last week—White 20, K 17; Black, b, 9, 12; black to play—attracted some attention amongst players, and the solution is os follows : 12 to 16 17 to 13 10 to IS 14 to 17 20 11 9 14 13 9 Drawn. 6 10 11 7
It is a very neat draw, and I am not surprised that anyone should fail to find it at the first attempt. The author of the draw play is Mr E. A. Gurley, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., who published it about HO years ago in the pages of the ' Draughtsplayers Weekly Magazine.’ More than one correct solution was received, all of the solvers stating that it was a beauty. 12 to 16 is the only move to draw.
Deserved.—A very rich but ill-bred man, being at a dinner party, observed a rare dish on the table.. Ho reached for it, helped himself to an enormous portion, and passed it to the gentleman on his right. His neighbor looked at the dish and at his plate, and, thinking to rebuko him, said: “Pray, sir, do you play draughts?” “Oh, yes, I do!” he replied. “ Then, sir,” said the gentleman, “ I must huff you—you have not taken,all there was to take!”
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DRAUGHTS NOTES, Evening Star, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914