Westminster Papers: A Monthly Journal of Chess, Whist, Games of Skill and the Drama, Volume 5

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1873 - Chess
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Page 12 - Thus to have a retentive memory, and to proceed by " the book," are points commonly regarded as the sum total of good playing. But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced. He makes, in silence, a host of observations and inferences. So, perhaps, do his companions ; and the difference in the extent of the information obtained lies not so much in the validity of the c inference as in the quality of the observation.
Page 56 - ... 19. Three players cutting cards of equal value cut again; should the. fourth (or remaining) card be the highest, the two lowest of the new cut are partners, the lower of those two the dealer ; should the fourth card be the lowest, the two highest are partners, the original lowest the dealer.
Page 168 - If all four players throw their cards on the table face upwards, the hands are abandoned ; and no one can again take up his cards. Should this general exhibition show that the game might have been saved, or won, neither claim can be entertained, unless a revoke be established.
Page 56 - Two players cutting cards of equal value, unless such cards are the two highest, cut again ; should they be the two lowest, a fresh cut is necessary to decide which of those two deals.
Page 83 - ... diagonal line, there is reason to believe they could not take backwards as in the Polish game of draughts, the men being mixed together on the board. It was an amusement common in the houses of the lower classes, as in the mansions of the rich; and King Rameses is himself portrayed on the walls of his palace at Thebes, engaged in the game of draughts with the ladies of his household.
Page 168 - ... or play several such winning cards, one after the other, without waiting for his partner to play, the latter may be called on to win, if he can, the first or any other of those tricks, and the other cards thus improperly played are exposed cards.
Page 8 - P to K 4 2. Kt to KB 3 3. B to B 4 4. P to Q Kt 4 5. P to QB 3 6.
Page 122 - ... by far the strongest authority for it is, that experienced players, by their settled opinions, reject the opposite course. The instructed player frequently selects one card in preference to another with the sole object of affording information. When the principle is carried thus far, the play becomes purely conventional.
Page 12 - Our player confines himself not at all; nor, because the game is the object, does he reject deductions from things external to the game. He examines the countenance of his partner, comparing it carefully with that of each of his opponents. He considers the mode of assorting the cards in each hand; often counting trump by trump and honor by honor, through the glances bestowed by their holders upon each. He notes every variation of face...
Page 118 - BLACK 1 P to К 4 2 Kt to Q В 3 3 В to В 4 4...

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