YOUR MOVE – I MOVED YESTERDAY!
By Norris Chambers
Each contestant was matched with an
opponent and three games were to be played at the same time. The games were numbered
one, two and three and a penny postcard was used to signify the moves of each opponent.
The checker board has each playing square numbered and a move would be
described as (1)2-17, or whatever the move was. The number in parenthesis was 1
to 3 and indicated the game the move was meant for. The opposing player set up
his board and responded with his counter move. The contest continued until one
of the players won two of the three games. The winner was then matched with a
winner from another group and the play continued until a tournament winner was
determined. The early losers could
either play someone else for fun or enter another contest.
For those interested in playing
checkers and improving their skill the computer has now replaced the postcard
for game playing. There are several sites where you can play the computer at
various skill levels or play with a live person on the screen. This site is a
good place to begin: http://thinks.com/java/checkers/checkers.htm You can start as a rank beginner and beat the
computer almost every time. There are ten games of increasing complexity.
Unless you are an expert, select No. 1 and work your way up. As you select more
difficult play you will lose one now and then. You will likely reach a point
where you will lose every game. When you reach this stage it is time to get
some checker books and start studying.
As youngsters we never got into
chess. We had heard of the game but it was not one that our country folks
played. It was many years later when the
game was introduced as a lunch time
diversion where I
worked. I learned how to play the game and even won a few, but I never became
even a poor expert.
Is playing checkers fun? Like any
game, it is fun to win. If you are a sore loser perhaps you shouldn’t get
involved. But if you do get involved every time you win you will have fun,
whether you beat a computer or another player!