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SLOCUM STROKES

As Popularized by a

Master Checker Problem Composer:

George H Slocum, 1855 - 1914


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Compiled over the Past 50+ Years by a Coterie of

Checker Problemists and Bibliophiles


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Edited by an enthusiastic, latter day, checker problem composer,

Bill Salot, 1929 -


© Copyright 2011, William J. Salot

Feel free to copy any portion provided proper credits are maintained and this source is referenced.


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Warning

If you are not an aficionado and devotee of the game of Checkers, this treatise will make no sense to you.

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Updated: January 11, 2012



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Subject

Page

TABLE OF CONTENTS


1

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS



7

INVITATION

7


PREFACE – Why this book was written


8

OBJECTIVES – What this book is intended to accomplish


9

ARRANGEMENT – How the information is presented


10

LIST OF INDEXES – How to find what you want, as follows:




BY DIAGRAMS – If you have found a Slocum problem, check here to see if it has been included in this book

11

BY WHERE PUBLISHED – If you have a publication containing a Slocum problem, check here to see it was reviewed for this collection.

19

BY YEAR PUBLISHED – Check here to see how Slocum’s annual production varied, and when his individual compositions were published.

24

BY TIMES PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED – Check here to identify the problems that most contributed to Slocum’s fame.

25

BY THEME – Check here to see many types of composition, and identify which Slocum settings fit each type.

26

BY MOTIF – Check here to see many specific ideas that recur, and identify which Slocum settings demonstrate them.


27

BY EPIPHANY – Check here to see many specific highlights, and identify which Slocum settings demonstrate them.

28

BY FINALE – Check here to see specific closure mechanics, and identify which Slocum settings demonstrate them.

29

BY STANDARD POSITIONS – Check here to see specific practical endings, and identify which Slocum settings incorporate them.

30

BY SIZE – Check here to identify Slocum compositions with a specific number of pieces; from very large to very small.

31

BY LENGTH OF SOLUTION – Check here to identify Slocum compositions at a specific point on the scale from sight-solver to all-night-study.

32

BY STAR MOVES AS A PERCENTAGE – Check here to identify Slocum compositions that demonstrate a measurable degree of perfection.

33

BY FLAWS – Check here to see specific types of flaws, and identify which Slocum settings suffered from them

34

BY LANDMARKS – Check here to see unusual features, and identify which Slocum settings demonstrated them.

34

TERMINOLOGY – Definitions of terms used

35


1ST PRELUDE 1855-1888 – Slocum’s pre-problem composing years

42

2ND PRELUDE May 1, 1888 – Slocum’s launchpad:

43

American Checker Review - PART 1

43

American Checker Review - PART 2

46

SLOCUM’S COMPOSITIONS Slocum’s fans named many of them




#1 first try” or ”DEBUT”

50

#2 “ATTACKS I”

53

#3 “DAINTY TREATMENT”

55

#4

59

#5

61

#6

63

#7

65

#8

68

#9

71


#10

73

#11THE ACCOMPANIST”

75

#12 “THE OPPORTUNIST”

78

#13

80

#14

82

#15

84

#16

87

#17

89

#18 “STROKE SYMMETRY”

91

#19

93

#20 “ATTACKS II”

95

#21

97

#22

99

#23 “MIRRORED SLIP SQUEEZES”

101


#24

103

#25 “BILLIARD BALL STROKE” or “SNAKE SHOT FINISH”

108

#26 “TOURNAMENT COVER PROBLEM”

113

1ST INTERLUDE April 1891Slocum’s editor J. P. Reed

117

#27

119

#28 “EXTREME CREDIT CONFUSION I”

121

#29 “CALL’S FAVORITE”

125

#30

128

#31

131

#32 “THE MERRY-GO-ROUND”

133


#33 “JUNE PUZZLER”

135

#34 “THE SEED”

141

#35

143

#36

146

#37 “THE JUMP TWICE REFUSED”

148

#38

150

#39

152

2ND INTERLUDE 1892Reed leaves; Head enters

155

#40 “THE DEFENSE I”

156

#41 “THE 6-PIECE SMOTHER”

159

#41A


161

#42 “LONG PRELUDE I”

163

#43

168

#44 “THE ORIGINAL CROCODILE”

170

#45

174

BE AWARE – June 1892 Slocum’s Chicago Inter-Ocean probs.

176

#46 “THE LOST BROOKLYN”

178

#47 “THE CYCLE” or “CROCODILE II” or “ATTACKS III”

182

#48 EARLY published game - October 15, 1892, A stroke

184

3RD INTERLUDE 1892-1893 Slocum recognized worldwide


186

#49 “THE GARBLE”

188

#50 “PSYCHO I”

191

#51 “PSYCHO II”

193

#52 “AVOIDING PAYNE”

196

PUBLISHED GAME – before Oct 28, 1893, collaborated stroke

199

#53a “THE JOINT EFFORT” by Slocum and L. S. Head

200

#53b

205

#54

209

#55CROCODILE III”

212

#56a“EXTREME CREDIT CONFUSION II”

214


#56b

219

#57

224

#58 “PREMATURELY INVITING”

226

#59 “SIMPLY DIVERSE I”

228

#60 “FIRST PRIZE I”

230

#61 “FIRST PRIZE II”or “biding the time

235

4TH INTERLUDE 1894 Slocum’s 1st biography & portrait

241

PUBLISHED GAME – April 1 & 2, 1894, vs. L. S. Head

243

#62

244

PUBLISHED GAMES – July & August 1894,

1 game joint analysis; 3 games versus L. S. Head


246

#63 “LONG PRELUDE II”

248

#64 “LONG PRELUDE III”

252

#65 “MESMERIZED”

254

#66 “SIMPLY DIVERSE II”

257

#67 “THE 3-WAY SLIP PITCH”

260

#67a “MOST EXQUISITE”

263

#68

265

#69 “THE SEARCHLIGHT”

267

#70

270

#71 “AVOIDING 1ST POSITION I”

274


5TH INTERLUDE May 1895, Slocum’s 2nd biography, portrait

277

#72 “KNOX’S FOLLY”

280

#72a

283

PUBLISHED GAME – May 1896, vs. Minnesota Champ

285

#73 “A DELIGHT”

286

6TH INTERLUDE Nov. 1896 –Jan. 15, 1897, Slocum news

288

#74 “SHORTY”

289

#75 “THE WAITER”

291

#76 “SELDOM SHUNNED”

293


#77 “ATTACKS IV”

295

7TH INTERLUDE March 20, 1897, Slocum corrects Richmond

298

#78

300

#79 “OFTEN BOTCHED”

303

#80 “A BOOK UNTO ITSELF”

307

#81 “DOES NOT COME EASY”

322

#82 “THE BURIED PITCH”

325

#83

327

#84THE LINKAGE” or “AVOIDING 1ST POSITION II”

329

#85 “ON THE SPOT I”

332


#86

334

#87 “12 ALL-STARS” or “EARLY AMERICAN POSITION”

336

#87A “AVOIDING AMERICAN POSITION”

339

#88 “PETTY THEFTS”

341

PUBLISHED GAME – before October 13, 1898, a stroke;

plus a Slocum correction of a game played by “Mr. Lees”



343

#89 “MIRROR I”

344

#90 “THE PITCH/SQUEEZE/STEAL” or “MIRROR II”

346

8TH INTERLUDE 1899, J. P. Reed’s obituary

351

PUBLISHED GAME BETWEEN SLOCUM & J.P.REED, 1900, but published earlier; played before 1892 when Reed left Chicago


353

#91 “POINTLESS POWER”

354

#92 “TRANSPO”

356

#93 “ON THE SPOT II”

360

#94 “PAR EXCELLENCE”

364

#95 “THE 2 FOR 1 FAMILY”

367

#96 “NICE POINTS”

369

#97 “SLOCUM VERSUS AMATEUR”

372

#98

375

9TH INTERLUDE 1901-1903, Slocum news & cover portrait

377

#99 “SLOCUM’S DOUBLE CORNER DRAW”


379

#100 “TWISTER I”

383

#101

387

10TH INTERLUDE – 1904, Slocum news (playing strong players)

388

PUBLISHED GAMES Apr 17, 1904 vs Denvir 2 strokes

390

#102 “THE EXHIBITION PROBLEM” or “TWISTER II”

391

11TH INTERLUDE 1905, 1st Int’l Match - America vs Great Britain

404

#103a “FAT AND HAPPY I”

405

#103b “FAT AND HAPPY II”

407

#104


409

12TH INTERLUDE 1908-1909, Slocum exhibition

411

#105 “THE DEFENSE II”

412

#106a

418

#106b

421

#107 “THE 2-PIECE SLIP PITCH”

423

#108 “THE COLLAGE”

426

#109 “A RARE CONCEPT”

428

#110 “THE LAST HURRAH”

431

13TH INTERLUDE 1911-1912, Slocum active, but not composing

434

SLOCUM’S LAST PUBLISHED GAME (versus John Howe, Sr.)


436

POSTLUDE, Slocum’s obituaries (died March 8, 1914)

437

1821–1990 COMMENTS BY OTHERS ON COMPOSING

441

Zach Brogan, 1892; Peter Bennett, 1892

441

J.S, 1894; Lyman M. Stearns, 1900; T. J. Riley, 1901

442

W. G. Leggett, 1901; Zach Brogan, 1901

443

J Wallis, 1901

444

Richard Atwell (“N. Alist”), 1905

447

Walton, 1910

451

W. T. Call, 1913

452

A. C. Hews, 1917


453

N. W. Banks, 1926

458

T. W. Wiswell, 1946

461

Saul Cass, 1969; Bill Salot/J. A. Martin, 1970

463

J. Charles, 1971

464

D. E. Oldbury, 1979-1980

465

T. W. Wiswell and Jules Leopold, 1980

466

W. V. Scott, 1988-1990

467

WHAT I LEARNED FROM SLOCUM ABOUT COMPOSING

468

ADVICE

468

APPEAL

469

APPEARANCE

470


DECEPTION – UNEXPECTED IDEAS

471

DECEPTION – UNEXPECTED MOVES

472

AUDIENCE

473

CRITIQUES

473

FLAWS – DUAL SOLUTIONS

474

FLAWS – OTHER TYPES

475

IMPROVEMENT

476

RESTRAINTS

477

THEMES

478

TECHNIQUES - FORCING

479

OTHER TECHNIQUES

480

269 OTHER PERSONS MENTIONED IN THIS BOOK

481


LOG OF REVISIONS SINCE INITIAL POSTING

489


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