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Champion Henry Christie

Henry Christie was notably a fine checker player; in fact, he was considered to be one of the very best checkers game players to herald from England. As with many of Christie's checkers game counterparts, Christie loved the game and gave it his all during regular games and tournament play. Christie possessed his own style that assisted him to become the high scorer for the British team in the second International checkers game match of 1927.

Twice Henry Christie won the English checkers game Championships, and in several International matches between England and Scotland, Christie was one of the leading players for England. Though Christie had lost his right eye in a terrible hunting accident, and wore a glass eye, the tragedy did not conflict with his skill as a solid checkers game player.
In 1927, as a 61 years old checkers game player, Henry Christie ended a match with a score of one win, two losses, and thirty-seven draws. As a result of this great feat, he was called the “drawing master”.  Some have still stated that this score was rather remarkable, but all in all he had more checkers game talent and skill at his finger tips so that his score could have been and should have been a lot better than that. In a discussion on his game in his biography, comments were made that Checkers Game Champion Henry Christie played conservatively and this resulted in some many draws, but whether he did or not, was something only Henry Christie himself knew about. Some sources say that Christie did not play conservatively at all but came with a competitive mindset to play and win and that this checker mentality was depicted in the way he attacked the skilled play of Ginsberg, Long, and Gonotsky.

Henry Christie was a strong checker tournament player and although he ended with four draws against Bradford on the first day of a tournament Christie displayed a tenacity in his board play on day two as he attacked the checker game of Louis Ginsberg. The result of this strategy and fortitude was indeed a win for Christie by a score of 1-0-3. This match was a great feat for Christie as Louis Ginsberg was one of the strongest checker players in the world at this time. Furthermore, Ginsberg was a great natural cross board player, who lost very few games during his career. Ginsberg was an equal to Champion Alfred Jordan, also renowned for his play in this era, and certainly would have presented Henry Christie with many interesting challenges in the tournament checker play.

It’s also interesting to see how a series of matches during a tournament can have an unexpected outcome at the end. The following illustration clearly shows how the nature of the sport can readily change game by game. In this checkers game champion tournament, Robert Scobbie of the Scottish team beat Asa A. Long by the score of 2-1-1 in their match, and again this checker champion did not lose very often. Then Ginsberg beat Scobbie in their match with a score of 1-0-3, and Henry Christie beat Louis Ginsberg.

Asa Long later reported in an article in the American Checker Federation Bulletin (ACFB) that champion checkers player Henry Christie should never have lost to him. However, reports have stated that Christie's loss to Gonotsky on the eighth day of the tournament was both misguided and not well thought out. The ballot drawn was the Edinburgh 9-13, 22-18, and admittedly, the weakest play of the two move openings.

His biography states that "He played safe, and did not underestimate any of the American strategists", but some sources disagree with this statement and believe that Christie attempted to surprise Gonotsky by playing 11-15. Checker experts feel that this was a ridiculous play given that Christie was playing one of the greatest natural cross-board checkers game players who ever lived. It would have been hard enough to draw the great Gonotsky with the Edinburgh, even had he chosen 12-16, or 10-15, or 6-9. These are all proven draws in published checker literature. But to attempt to attack Gonotsky with 11-15 on which there was some published play but certainly not enough proven draw play to depend on, was a very poor checker decision made by Henry Christie under these game circumstances.

Today, 9-13, 22-18, and 11-15 are still considered weak 3-move openings, and it would have been the same in 1927. Unfortunately, although champion Christie played the game brilliantly against Gonotsky, he was not able to recover enough to win the checkers match. At one point, however, he did play a magnificent 4 for 4 shot that almost drew the game, but that was only ALMOST as it did not help him succeed as winner.

Despite the defeat against Gonotsky, Henry Christie proved to the checkers world that he was indeed a skilled checker player, but his one failing was that he did not make the best decision in a given game situation. Perhaps his strategy was well thought out in his mind, but the game play just didn't allow him to carry through with it. Checkers player Christie was not unique to this as a checker champion, as many masters before and after him have also found themselves in precarious positions despite their ingenious checkers game tactics and innovative plays.

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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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