The New Year will soon be welcomed in, with great parties and joyous celebration--- and, we must admit, an occasional overindulgence. So our New Year's problem is usually an easier one, to take into account the possibility that some readers may have ... a headache.
Without further ado, then, here's the setting.
Here we go again: Black is a man up, why isn't it an obvious win? But a closer look shows that White has two kings and the Black men on 10, 14, and even 16 look vulnerable. How will Black win it?
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14-18 9-6 10-15 6-10 16-20! 10x19 18-23! 19x26 30x23.
Black wins on the move, e.g. 8-3 23-19 3-7 19-15 7-3 15-11 and it's over.
There are variations to this solution, of course, but we chose the one in which White seeks his only chance--- evening the count by capturing a Black piece--- only to find that Black had a trick up his sleeve.
The Checker Maven wishes a Happy New Year to one and all!