"You 'ave made a vehree bad ligne of play," remarked Louie with a curling of the lip and a bit of a sneer. "Maintenant, I will 'ave to show you zee ehror of zis ligne by giving you zee beating!"
Here is how the game had played out so far. Marvin, who was commanding the Red pieces, and Louie, in charge of the White forces, had indulged themselves in this line of the Single Corner:
1. 11-15 22-18
2. 15x22 25x18
3. 12-16 29-25
4. 10-14 24-19
5. 16-20 25-22
6. 7-10 28-24
7. 8-12 32-28
8. 4-8 30-25
9. 3-7 18-15
10. 9-13 19-16
11. 12x19 23x16
12. 10x19 24x15
13. 8-12 15-11
14. 12x19 11-8
15. 7-10 8-3
This resulted in the following position, with White to play:
What do you think? Try your luck and skill on these questions:
1. Can White (Louie) find a win in this position? What might it be?
2. Does Red have something up his sleeve, or did Marvin perhaps have a little too much pre-game beer?
3. What do you think of this line of the Single Corner? Did Red play well? Did White?
Watch The Checker Maven for the conclusion of this story, and the answers to all these questions and much more, in a few weeks' time.
ligne line, as in "line of play."
maintenant now, as in "now I'll show you!"
Note: In this article, we're trying out a different diagram style and using the term "Red" instead of "Black" --- all in response to reader feedback. Let us know what you think.