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Let Science give release [To minds o’envrought "by caie an thought; Let the checker-board be brought— The battlefield of peace. ® ® ® PROBLEM V. ■ Black 12 16 22- ; King 29.

White 11 19 23 27 30. White to play and win. A pleasing little finish from the “Draughts World.’’ SHI"! The following is a trap to he avoided by the amateur in the Bristol Cross. 11-16 24-19 10-19 22-S 20-27 23-18* 8-11 a 18-11 4-11 31-8 16-20 19-15 9-1 S 27-24 White wins. ♦ Forms the opening. a The correct reply Is : 10-14 b 13-22 26-22 18-15 25-9 7- 5-14 11-1,8 22-17 32-2 7c 22-15 9-1-3 2-7 12-16 27- 29-25 19-12 7-11 10- 6 22-17 11-16 30-23 6-10 22-17 8- 17-13 15-18 25-22 1-6 24-19 11- 31-26 1.8-22 28- 8-11 19-15 4-8 26-22 Brawn h 7-11 and 9-14 a re weak points. c 29-25 draws. IS !M! !*] "The attention which public schools and schoolmasters (says St. Paul’s Despatch) gave to the game 'during Barker s tour was a feature which shotdd not be overlooked. At Dows, lowa, the high school took Barker’s exhibitions in charge, ami gave them in the school building. In Minneapolis Mr Barker found Dr. Jordan, superintendent of schools, an interested spectator and patron of the game. This is as it should be. and no doubt the time is coming when the value of the game as a mental training medium will be more generally understood.’’ SO Hi ® A Scotch teacher was engaged in giving historical lessons to her class;, and after explaining different terms, asked a little girl, among other questions : •• What is a King ?” "Please, miss,” came the startling reply, "he’s a crooned man who can move baith backwards an’ forwards.” Evidently the youngster knew more about draughts than history. S] ® H The earliest known publications) on draughts were : Valencia, 1547-90-7 ; Spain, 1610 ; Saragossa, 1650 ; Paris, 1668 : Madrid, 1684 ; Eoii'don, 1694. The last-named was published by Dr. Thos. Hyde, Professor of -Arabic in the Oxford D-niversity, and was written in -Katin. W. Payne's book on the game followed in 1756. ® ss ® SOKUTIOXS. Problem 3.—Black 1 7 12 13 14 23, King 24 ; White 5 8 22 25 29 30, King on 4. White to play and win. 22418, 14-17, 25-21, 17-22, 8-3, 711, 3-8, 11-16, 29-25. 22-29. 30-25, 29-15, 8-11. 15-8, 4-18, white wins. Pnoblem 4.—Black 14 15 17 20 ; White 21 25 28, King on 23. White to play and win—23-19, 15-24, 2819, 20-24, 19-15, 24-27, 15-10, 27.32, 10-6, 32-27, 6-1, 27-23, 1-6, 2318, 6-10, 18-23. 10-15. White wins. 11. Robins.—You solution of Problem 4 is (orrect. S ® @ We were honoured by a visit from Mr Matheson, of Dunedin, on Saturday, night, and a tussle between that gentleman and Mr Scott created considerable interest. The score was : Scott 3, Matheson 1, and 2 draws. One or two of these games will be published in this column shortly. There are still a number of good players in and around Invercargill who are conspicuous by their absence at our meetings in the Princess Hotel. We would ask them to roll up on Wednesday and Saturday

evenings, so that we can get the tournament going as soon as possible. ass The wintry nights are coming, Tor the days are closing fast ; And soon we’ll have to shelter From the cold and stormy, blast. The piercing frosts of winter. When the nights are long and 'drear. Would sadden young and lofty hearts If no games there were to cheer. But here, in Invercargill, Those young men can be trained To lofty inspirations, Where noble ends are gained. There is no room for sneaking In the games I soon, will mention ; You must have will, combined with skill, And the power of great attention. So join our Chess and Draughts' Club If you want those combinations. Those manly; humane principles And delightful recreations, —O’B.

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Draughts., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907

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Draughts. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907

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