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Notice the special boards with dark squares indented below the light ones to guide where to place the pieces.
Also the clock - it has no glass, they set it up and check the status by touch.
 
Many remember Anatoliy Grupin (not in the picture), the blind Ukrainian player from Los Angeles, who won a couple of APCA divisions. I played blitz !!! with him many times, most of the times he anticipated my moves and would just check the spots after hearing me move.
 
Views: 932 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-24 | Comments (0)

Views: 1006 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-22 | Comments (3)

It turned out our Jamaican friends set their board differently, with the Mason line at the bottom right corner. Since they do not record their games yet I propose they mirror the existing Pool Checkers notation - this way all games, American or Jamaican style, are recorded and re-played exactly the same way, no matter how the board is set. This would help them greatly to absorb the existing information and keep the same "Pool Checkers Language" in all countries.
To demonstrate I flipped all diagrams in the Jamaican Contest to make them look Jamaican style. Just print and distribute to your friends!
Views: 1008 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-18 | Comments (0)

Views: 911 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-17 | Comments (0)

We just had an in-depth analysis of this position on another site, hopefully there are players on this site just as enthusiastic to dig in and unravel the mystery!
 
Views: 1089 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-08 | Comments (0)

I played this position many times, but can't claim to know how to win - any suggestions?
Black to move.
Views: 1050 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-07 | Comments (0)

Views: 1053 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-04-01 | Comments (0)

Here is an interesting position, right from the game, one side is trying to steal the too advanced checker, the other side, while defending it, is mounting an attack on the left side. Normally in such positions black move 1.10-14 forcing the 2...25-22 to get a draw.
But here we also have a hidden gem move 1.12-16! What is really interesting is that my Aurora program repeatedly answers 24-20, can someone show why 24-20 is bad?
Views: 970 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-03-23 | Comments (0)

   
White to move in all three, what are the results?

Solution
Views: 924 | Added by: tgf | Date: 2011-03-01 | Comments (0)

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