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Publications (continued)

Composition Numbers

Quantity

Liverpool Mercury

33,50,60-61,63




London Daily News

28




(Al) Lyman’s Checker Site

67,67a,77

3

Manchester Times

66




Melbourne Weekly Times, Hugh Egan, Editor (for > 50 of its >70 yrs)

52,53a,53b,59,60,61(2),81




Midwest Checkers

33,65,80

3

Minneapolis Journal

72




Mitchell’s Checkers

25,90

2

Moline Dispatch


3,72a




Mt. Sterling Advocate

33,41A,103a&b,106b




Newark Sunday Call

1,25,26, 81




New Draughts World

90




New Zealand Draughts Newsletter

61




Newell’s Checker Maven

43,90,102(2)

3

North American Checker Board

52,61,66,72,73,76,94

7

Northern Weekly Leader

67




North Otago Times

25(2),50-51,61,63




Nottinghamshire Guardian

60


NWDF Newsletter, Hugh Devlin, editor


53, 81,




Oldbury’s Complete Encyclopedia

67A,101

2

Otago Witness

2, 3,7,10,14,16,25(3),26, 33,40,42,53,55,60,61,65,66, 74,90,99,100,102(4)




Pask’s Play Better Checkers &Draughts

25

1

Pask's Starting out in Draughts

35

1

Pittsburg Chronicle

63




Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegram, DPWB

74,76




Pittsburgh Dispatch

28,60,63-64,66,81,102




Queenslander, Australia

3,26,60-61,79,90(2),94, 97




Reed’s Checker Journal

41,68-71





Richmond’s Single Corner & Alma

25

1

Rubin’s Mercury

3,28




Ryan’s Scientific Checkers Made Easy

94

1

Schaefer’s Checkerist 10/00-9/01

11,40,96

3

Scott’s 101 Stratagems

52,56b

2

Sheffield Independent

63




Publications (continued)

Composition Numbers

Quantity

(R. J.) Smith’s Daily Worker

7




Spayth’s Checker Player-Appendix

53,80



Stearns Book of Portraits, Vol. 1


25-26,42,52,60,67

6

Stearns World Problem Bk, Part 1st

90, 94

2

Stearns World Problem Bk, Part2nd

75,97

2

Stirling Journal, Scotland

78




Sunday Times, Perth, Australia

2,25(2),60(4),61,63,91




Sydney Echo

26




Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

98




Teetzel’s American Checker Monthly

102




The Mail, Adelaide, Australia

11(2),53a-53b,63,90,102




The Mercury, Hobart, Tasmania

1,51(3)





Third American Tourney Book

11,25,56a,69,77,94,102

7

UNKNOWN

87A




Weekly Journal, Aberdeen

53a-53b




Wendemuth’s Checker Companion

1,3,16,24-26,28,44,51, 60,65-67,94,96,98,102, 105,106a,107

20

Western Mail, Perth, Australia

3(4),4,8(4),11(3),16(2), 25(2),60(2)-61,65-66,94, 96, 98,102(2),107




Whyte’s Problemists’ Guide

52,61,66,94

4

Wiswell’s Checker Magic

3,7,25,52,63

5

W. J. Wood’s Draughts

102




Wood’s Checker Player

3,11,16,25,28,33,35,40, 44,52-53,63,66,69,72, 78(2),79,90,96,102,106a





Wood’s Checker Study No. 6

90




Worker, Brisbane, Australia

26




Yorkshire Weekly Post

65





Index by “Year Published”

A Measure of Slocum’s Productivity


Slocum was prolific early on. His problem composing then ebbed and flowed. In some of the years after 1901, he did not compose any problems. But he continued as an active player into at least 1912.


Year First Published

Composition Number

1888

1

1889

2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13

1890

14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25

1891


26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39

1892

40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48

1893

49,50,51,52,53a,54,55,56a,57,58

1894

60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,67a,68,69

1895

70,71

1896

72,72a,73,74,75,76

1897

77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87

1898

88,89

1899

90,91,92

1900

93,94,95,96

1901

97,98

1902





1903




1904

99,100,101,102

1905




1906




1907

103a,103b,104

1908




1909

105,106a?,106b?,107

1910

108

1911

109,110

1912




1913




1914




?

41A,87A


Index by “Times Published”

A Measure of the Popularity of Slocum’s Compositions


About a third of Slocum’s compositions received incredible and deserved publicity and acclaim. Another third were published once and never heard from again (until now).


Times

Previously Published

Composition Number

48

25

36

102

26

60

24

3

21

26

20

61,63

18

53a,94

17

90

16

28

15

11,56a,66

14

52,65

12

69

11

33(many negative),67,79,81


10

51,53b,77

9

8,16

8

8,96,98

7

1,7,24,40,44,78,105

6

101

5

29,35,67a,72,74,76,84

4

4,43,64,73, 106a,107

3

2,6,42,50,62,68,72a,91

2

10,14,18,22,38,41A,48,55,59,75,80,82.87,97,99,100,103a, 103b, 106b,108

1

5,9,12,13,15,17,19,20,21,23,27,30,31,32,34,36,37,39,41, 45,46,47,49,54,57,58,70,71,83,85,86,87A?,88,89, 92, 93,95,104,109,110

Index by “Theme

A Measure of Slocum’s Preferences in Styles of Problems


Slocum’s fame was not built on just one style of problem, but one style forever bears his name.



Theme

Composition Number


Deferred Strokes

(also known as

Slocum Strokes)


1,5,7,8,12,14,15,18,19,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,36,38.42,44,46, 50,51,56a,61,64,65,67,68,73,74,75,77,81,82,85,89,91,92,93,94,95,98,105,106b,107

Pure Strokes

4,10,13,20,39,47,48,55,60,67a,86,97

Non-Strokes with Pitches

2,3,6,9,16,35,37,41,41A,43,52,53a,57,58,62,66,76,79,90,99,101,103a,103b,104, 106a, 108,109,110

Non-Strokes, No Pitches

11,40,45,49,54,63,69,70,71,72,72a,78,80,83,84,87,87A88,96,100

Piece-down Wins

42,46,47,53a,72,76,84,106a,106b,115

Sight-Solvers

2,16,26,48,55,62,67a,72a,74,76,103a, 103b,106a,106b

Known Game Positions

45,48,55,85,92,93

Likely Game Positions

6,24,35,52,79,88


Index by “Motif

A Measure of the Tricks Slocum Favored


The keys to Slocum’s ingenuity lie here.

Motif


Composition Number

All about the Move

11,40,49,54,58,63,64,66,69,71,72,72a,78,80,83,96,99,100,101,110

Attacking Pitches

2(two),18,20(two),22,39,41A 47(two),56a,60,61,74,77(two),89(two),99,

Back and Forth

1,21,22,25,27,34,37,41,45,59,67,67a,69,70,78, 80,83

Breeches

2,57,62,65,94

Bridges

24,33,68,96,105

Buried Pitches

82

Changing the Guard

11,40,70

Direct Presses

1,7,23,25,27,28,29,30,32,33,36,38,63,72,88,93

Direct Squeezes

5,8,12,21,27,28,30,31,35,36,38,42,50,54,57,64

Domino Pitches

14,22,26,33,50,55,56a,60,68,85,91

Forced Steals

1,12,17,18,19,20,21,24,26,27,31,33,34,38,41,4243,51,57,63,64,66,73,76,88,89,91,95,109,110


Herding

42,63,64,72,79,84,87,87A,92,102

3-way Pitches

2,67,67a,75,89

2-way Pitches

15,18,26,27,29,33,34,46,55,60,67,67a,68,90, 104

3-piece Pitches

21

2-piece Pitches

3,4,8,13,16,17,18,25,26,28,29,36,37,41,44,47, 50,55,59,68,73,74,81

Pitch/Squeeze/Steal

90

Slip Pitches

4,8,13,15,19,23,29,30,31,32,34,37,39,44,46,50,55,60,67,67a,68,98,107,108

Slip Squeezes

17,22,23,27,29,31,50,89

In and Outers

5,7,10,14,65

Threatened Steal

3,16,17,23,31,42,45,74,77,81,86,94,95,103a, 103b,106a,106b

Waiting Moves

3,10,26,49,50,51,52,53a,54,58,75,78,80,83,108

Index by “Epiphany

A Measure of Slocum’s Showmanship

The keys to Slocum’s personality lie here.

The flashiness of most of his early compositions segued into his later, deeper, studies.


Epiphany

Composition Number

Compound

17,20,39,46,48,50,51,60(2),86,93,97

Quintuple

8,10,13,47,107

Quadruple

4,5,14,19,21,22,29,32,33,34,47,55,67,67a,68,73, 74

Triple

7,18(2)23,25,28,30,31,36,38,39,44,46(2),47,48,5051, 56a,60(2),65,73,74,77,86,91,94,97,98,106b

Double

1,9,24,26,27,42,46,47,57,59,61(2),64,75,81,82,8586,89,92,93,94,95(6),105

Single

2,3,12,16,37,41,52,79,103b,106a,108

Steals

35,90,109

Merry Go Round

32

Avoidance

52,71,84,87A,96,99,103a,110

Tactical

6,11,40,41A,43,45,49,53a,54,58,62,63,64,66,69, 70,72,72a,76,78,79,80,83,87,87A,88,100,101,102104,105, 108,109,110




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