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21st Century Checkers: The 11-15s

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The Checker Maven is proud and privileged to present the fifth volume in Richard Pask's groundbreaking 21st Century Checkers series, The 11-15s. You can download it in PDF format here, or on the Richard Pask page as linked in the right-hand column. Mr. Pask continues to generously offer his work free of charge.

Mr. Pask's series on the three-move ballots is sure to be the definitive reference for years to come and no serious player should be without it.

Volumes 6 and 7, on the 11-16s and 12-16s, are in the works. Mr. Pask has told us that his objective is to have completed the series by some time in mid-2015. We wish him continued good health after his wonderful recovery from some serious issues in the past year.

If you plan on printing this new book, keep in mind that it makes extensive use of color and so printing at a commercial shop could be much more costly than printing on an ink-jet at home.

As a preview, here's an interesting run-up from the 11-15 23-18 9-14 ballot.


1. 11-15 23-18
2. 9-14 18-11
3. 8-15 22-18
4. 15-22 25-9
5. 5-14 29-25
6. 4-8 25-22
7. 8-11 27-23
8. 11-15 24-20
9. 6-9 31-27
10. 7-11 28-24
11. 9-13 23-18
12. 14-23 27-18
13. 12-16 18-14
14. 10-17 21-14

Through some transpositions the play is still in the KingsRow opening book.


15. 2-6

Loses; 16-19 was best.

BLACK
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WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:W32,30,26,24,22,20,14:B16,15,13,11,6,3,1.

Here Mr. Pask points out a subtle move that secures the White win. Can you find it on your own? Match wits with this eminent British grandmaster and see if you can find the sequence of moves that brings White the victory. When you're done, click on Read More to see the solution.20050904-symbol.gif



Solution


15. ... 30-25
16. 16-19 14-9
17. 19-28 9-2
18. 3-8

15-19 allows 22-18 19-24 25-22 3-8 2-7 White wins.


18. ... 26-23
19. 8-12 25-21
20. 12-16 2-7
21. 15-19 23-18
22. 19-23 7-3
23. 16-19 3-7

White wins. Checkers has its strokes and shots, and we all greatly enjoy them, but the game possesses great subtleties as well, when unassuming moves lead the way to a win.

05/17/14 - Category: Books - Printer friendly version
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