# The Checker Maven

### A Denny Dandy

What could be as dandy as breakfast at Denny's, that great American "breakfast at any hour" institution? We're sure nearly all of us who live in the U.S. can confess to indulging in such an extravagant "count no calories" morning feast at least once in recent memory.

But there is something just as dandy as Denny's, and that's today's Denny Dandy in our latest excerpt from Willie Ryan's Tricks Traps & Shots of the Checkerboard. We're sure you'll enjoy it, and it's guaranteed to be calorie free. Here's Willie to tell us all about it.

"Very often it is necessary to force a win by the constant threat of a shot without ever actually executing it. In other cases, execution of a shot may be the final product of much preliminary forced play. Here we have a good example of white developing a structural advantage (formational win) in such a manner as ultimately to force black into a staggering stroke. It should be noted that in this case the stroke is the final phase of play, with white's preceding moves forcing black into the inevitable crackup.

 10-14 20-16 1-5 24-20 12-19 24-20 7-10 23-16 5-9 22-18 14-18---A 32-27 9-13 29-25 9-14 18-9 8-12 27-24 5-14 16-11 3-8---3, 25-22 12-16---2 to the 11-15 27-24 diagram.
BLACK

WHITE
White to Play and Win

W:W31,30,28,26,25,24,22,21,20,11:B18,16,15,14,13,10,8,6,4,2.

A---I took this move against Jesse B. Hanson in the Eighth American Championship Tourney and managed to draw with it. Later, in analyzing the formation, I discovered it would lose, white subsequently driving black into the shot, as indicated. The correct play at A for a draw is: 2-7---1, 16-12, 15-19, 22-18, 14-23, 27-18, 8-11, 18-14, 10-17, 21-14, 1-5, 32-27, 6-9, etc. Wm. F. Ryan."

1---8-12 is also good for a draw and is the computer's choice---Ed.

2---A bit surprisingly, the natural-looking 3-7 loses something like this: 3-7 26-23 7-16 23-7 2-11 21-17 6-9 27-23 4-8
31-27 15-19 23-18 19-23 17-14 1-5 14-10 16-19 18-15 11x18 22x15 White Wins---Ed.

3---Loses at once, whereas 16-19 would have held on longer---Ed.

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Solution

"Continue: 24-19*!, 16-23---4, 26-19,15-24, 22-15,10-19, 31-26, 8-15, 26-23, 19-26, 28-1, 26-31, 25-22, 31-27, 1-5, and the black piece on square 14 is doomed; white wins. Wm. F. Ryan."

4---The order of captures doesn't matter---Ed.

03/10/12 - Category: Books - Printer friendly version