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Checkers Game Champion
George Buchanan

1876-1910

George Buchanan, known as "Wee George", was born in Glasgow on February 12, 1876. He was the son of Mary and William Buchanan, and his father was a watch-glass maker. “Wee George” was introduced to the game of checkers early in life and quickly displayed a great potential in the mind sport of checkers. George Buchanan learned the game easily and began his playing career in 1891 at the age of 15. George Buchanan acquired the name “Wee George” because the small youth was considered to be checkers champion material in the game and was small in stature for his age.

Within three years of first showing on the checkers game ‘circuit’, George Buchanan was a regular player in top board with the strong South Side Draughts Club, located in Glasgow. In 1894, champion George Buchanan played for the victorious Scottish team against England in the checker tournament for the championship title. During the match games of the tourney, English player J. A. Kear, Sr. has been noted to say "By Jove, that boy can play!"

Champion George Buchanan

Buchanan chose his profession as lapidarian, and worked as a stonecutter who also polished or engraved precious stones. But when he wasn't focused on his job, “Wee George” proved to be a very talented checker player who possessed a remarkable memory and who displayed great skill in analysis, blindfold, cross-board, and simultaneous checkers game play.

By the turn of the century, checkers game champion George Buchanan could be considered one of Scotland's top four players along with Richard Jordan, James Ferrie, and James Stewart. In 1905, he was a checker master on the British team and represented Great Britain against the USA in the first International Match, but his greatest achievement was probably the hat trick of Scottish Championships in 1905, 1906 and 1907.

Unfortunately, champion George Buchanan's health began to fail soon afterwards, and he succumbed to either silicosis or tuberculosis at a young age of 34 on August 5, 1910 died at his home in Cathcart.

 








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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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