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Checkers Proverbs

After years of playing a game, whether it is Checkers or other games, it is impossible not to come through many varied experiences that are both positive and negative in nature; more importantly, the individual cannot help but formulate checkers proverbs about the game. Checkers game proverbs by Wiswell, a personal perspective or philosophy on the

Tom Wiswell, who was a Grand Master and Unrestricted Checkers Champion, developed a series of his own Checkers Proverbs. Some of these sayings are quite profound, while others are rather humorous in design; however, a number of these checkers proverbs leave the reader with plenty of room for further contemplation. Take another journey, keeping your mind and heart wide open and maybe the time has come to embrace something new.

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A BETTER PERSPECTIVE PROVERB:
Years ago, I discovered that by standing up and looking at the position from a distance, I got a better understanding of the game.
This helped me a great deal.

A CLEAN SLATE PROVERB:
After you lose a tough game, there is only one thing to do, set them up and start all over again.

A COMMON FAILING PROVERB:
One of the greatest errors in Chess or Checkers is to think you have everything under control.

A DOUBTING THOMAS PROVERB:
If you want to be certain of your position, you must begin by doubting it.

A MASTER'S TRIPOD PROVERB:
Some players have ability and knowledge, but lack discipline; without the third leg the tripod falls.

A MOVE AT A TIME PROVERB:
You walk a mile a step at a time; you play a game a move at a time and you must win a tournament a round at a time.
Chess and Checker matches and tournaments require a great deal of patience.
This reminds me of a saying: How do you eat an elephant, a bite at a time!

A ROSE GARDEN PROVERB:
You can't harvest winning games, if you haven't planted the seeds of victory.

A TIME FOR ALL THINGS PROVERB:
There is a time to attack and a time to defend and there is a time wait and see and you must know when to do what.

A WELCOME WIN PROVERB:
A blunder by your opponent in checkers obligingly covers a multitude of your sins.

A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING PROVERB:
The trouble with a loss is that it usually will surprise you.

A WONDERFUL LIFE PROVERB!
When you are playing checkers and let your mind wander, you may soon start to wonder:
What happened to my wins?
What happened to my draws?
It may be a "board of recreation," but it demands strict attention at all times.

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED PROVERB:
Time, Space and Psychology figure in nearly every game we play, yet most players fail to take them into serious consideration.
Do you?

AMBITION PROVERB:
You have to burn the midnight oil, if you want to win checkers games.

BEAU GESTE PROVERB:
It’s a nice gesture to show your opponent the draw play after you've beaten him.

BIG GAME! PROVERB:
Remember, when you are out hunting dragons, sometimes the dragon wins.

BITE THE BULLET PROVERB:
Don't wear yourself out on the "must" moves: save your time for the difficult moves.

BODY LANGUAGE PROVERB:
When you are in questionable position, don’t alert your opponent by twisting and turning.

BOTTOM LINE PROVERB:
Never interfere with your opponent, when he is destroying himself.


BRILLIANTCY?:
Sometimes when I win a beautiful game of checkers, I think I am either a genius or I'm lucky and I know I'm not a genius.

BUILD WELL PROVERB:
A good game, like a good house, must have a strong foundation.

CHANGE OF PLANS:
There are checker games where you must change the battle plan in the midst of the battle. For some, that is psychologically impossible and they go down to defeat.

CONTROL PROVERB:
You will take charge of your game during the early stages or your game will take charge of you during the later stages.

DEFEATS BEFORE VICTORIES PROVERB:
You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs and you can’t make an expert without breaking some egos.

DEVELOP THE NEGATIVE PROVERB:
When watching the good players in competition, be sure to make note of the moves that are NOT made. That makes all the difference in this checkers game or the next.

DOUBLE CHECK PROVERB:
Moves that were once thought to draw, are now known to lose; and moves that were once thought to win,are now known to draw. Play is always in a state of flux.

EN PASSANT PROVERB:
Victory makes us poets; defeat makes us philosophical.

ERRORLESS PLAY PROVERB:
In Chess and Checkers, you can be ninety-nine percent right and still lose; one bad move can defeat ninety-nine good ones.

FALSE SECURITY PROVERB:
It is better that you lose an unsound game, than draw it and still think it is safe. Later, you might lose this same game in a more important event.

FOOL'S GOLD PROVERB:
The search for a foolproof system is always in vain.

GAMBLING GAMBLITEERS PROVERB:
Smart gamblers never gamble, and when a master sacrifices a piece, you can usually prepare to resign.

GO FOR THE JUGULAR PROVERB:
Checker player should never pull his/her punches, especially when (s)he has the strong side.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES PROVERB:
I like to take the rejected and discarded lines and play them for wins: one such game led to a world championship!

GOLDMINE OF THE BOARD PROVERB:
When I'm asked why I spend so much time on the checker endgame, I reply: "That's where the wins are."

GOOD WINS AND GOOD LOSSES PROVERB:
You can’t possibly win every checkers game, so try to lose respectably or even brilliantly.

GRESHAM'S LAW PROVERB:
Good playing, in the long run, drives out and defeats bad playing.

HAPPY ENDINGS PROVERB:
A good move may not seem to pay off in the opening or in the middle game, but it will show its worth in the ending.

HE ALSO SERVES PROVERB:
The master knows exactly the right time to do nothing.

HE WHO PLAYS & RUNS AWAY PROVERB:
Knowing when to take the draw is the mark of a true champion in checkers.

HOBGOBLINS PROVERB:
Most players feel they always have to be consistent, but masters are more prone to change their opinions about their lines of play.

HOISTED BY MY OWN PETARD:
I can stand falling into someone else's trap, but to lose by my own play is unbearable.

HOUDINIS PROVERB:
Having a checker champion in a loss and winning it are two different things: they are master escape artists and know many ways to avoid defeat.
So beware!

IDIOT SAVANTS:
There are genius players who have "sixth sense", but some of them do not have the other five!

IMPROVISATION PROVERB:
Masters are like generals; it takes an emergency to reveal their genius.

INACTION IN ACTION PROVERB:
Many checker games are won by the art of judicious leaving alone of kings and men.
This negative habit often develops into a win.

INTUITION PROVERB:
What your instinct tells you, your brain should follow.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND PROVERB:
Chess and checker students lose games because they can resist everything but temptation.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER PROVERB:
Knowledge alone cannot make a player, but lack of knowledge can surely unmake one.

LINKAGE PROVERBS:
Odd little waiting moves are often the glue that holds the game together.

LIVING DANGEROUSLY PROVERBS:
To infiltrate enemy territory is exciting and often rewarding; but remember, spies can be shot on sight.

LOOKING AHEAD PROVERBS:
You make a blunder in a checker game for one of two reasons:
1. You were not looking far enough ahead.
2. You were looking too far ahead.

LOOKING BACK PROVERBS:
Exploring the lines of yesterday's masters may be as important as knowing today's latest moves.

LORELEI PROVERBS:
Players are usually at their most confident peak just before they walk into disaster.

MAGIC POWERS PROVERBS:
Some masters at checkers seem to lead charmed lives escaping certain defeat or winning hopeless games, but behind their charmed lives are years of work and study.

MAKE HASTE SLOWLY PROVERBS:
Many players expect to understand Chess or Checkers, in a comparatively short time; but they are doomed to failure, unless they are geniuses. There are few Bobby Fischer's or Marion Tinsleys.

MATURING PLAYERS PROVERBS:
You learn nothing the first ten years, compared to the ‘re-learning’ of the second ten.

MEMORY MACHINES PROVERBS:
Don't try to rely solely on the books, for your memory isn't good enough: try a little understanding.

MIGHT AND RIGHT PROVERBS:
Numbers do not always guarantee victory; real power often resides in position and timing within a game of Checkers or Chess.

MIS-PLAYS:
Sometimes when I make a blunder, I wonder if my hand is connected to my brain.

MUDDLING THROUGH PROVERBS:
You rarely stumble into winning games, but you can easily stumble into losing positions, especially in the middle game.

NEW IDEAS WIN NEW GAMES PROVERBS:
Your manuscript needs a continuous flow of new cooks and ideas.
It should be a living, breathing document.
Start one today.

NINETY NINE PERCENT PERFECT ISN'T ENOUGH:
When a pitcher has a perfect game for eight and two-thirds innings and then allows a hit, it is not a perfect game and when you play perfectly for ninety nine percent of the game and then make a mistake, you lose perfection and the game.

NO GUARANTEED GAMES PROVERBS:
The good checker player knows when to play for a win, when to play for a draw and finally, when to resign.

NO RADAR PROVERBS:
In many cases the player who is closest to the danger does not recognize it until it is too late.

NO-RISK POLICY? CHECKERS PROVERBS:
There is nothing more dangerous than a lack of caution, unless, perhaps, it's too much caution.

OLD BECOMES NEW PROVERBS:
The older the play is, the more apt it will be new to your opponent.
I have won more checkers games with ancient lines than with today’s latest developments.

OLD FAITHFUL PROVERBS:
I have often been asked why I always play 11-15 and I reply:
That's where the wins are.

ORIGINAL THOUGHT PROVERBS:
The player who remains slave to the books will not become master.

PATIENCE PROVERBS:
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and this is especially true of Chess and Checkers.
It will be months and years before you see the light, but the long wait will be rewarded.

POINT OF NO RETURN PROVERBS:
We don't always make one sudden losing move; rather, we drift and make one weak move after the other, thereby feeding the seeds of defeat.

POINT OF VIEW PROVERBS:
Don't worry about how far ahead you can see, just make sure you're looking in the right direction.

POST MORTEMS PROVERBS:
Why is it in the heat of battle that our play is seldom as good as it is the next morning?

PREVENTIVE PLAYING PROVERBS:
Some players seem to have the knack of getting out of trouble, but it is even better if you have the knack of staying out of trouble.

QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY PROVERBS:
Do not retain a lot of useless information; keep your manuscript lean by selectivity and the study of transpositions.
Study The Dyke, The Defiance, The Pioneer and similar openings, because you are then studying many openings from one to get you into a solid game of checkers.

READER'S DIGEST PROVERBS:
Do not try to remember more play than you can digest; it is better to know less and understand more.
That is real progress.

REASONABLE PROVERBS:
Your intuition may, at times, lead you to the right move, but it won't really help until you find out why it works.

RECKLESS AND WRECKLESS?
The checker player who moves without a motive is an accident going somewhere to happen.

RESILIENCE PROVERBS:
Your best quality is not in never losing, but in losing and coming back every time you lose.

REVERSING ROLES PROVERBS:
He liked to set traps, but he always turned out to be the trapped, not the trapper.

ROAD TO FAME PROVERBS:
Oddly enough, a checkers master is known for the moves he does not make.

ROLLERCOASTER PROVERBS:
When you sit down to play a master, fasten your seat belts, for it’s apt to be a bumpy road ahead.

SEIZE THE MOMENT PROVERBS:
A passive move is best met with an aggressive reply

SELF-CONTROL:
“The differences between great players are quite elusive and not so easily pinned down. All of these players can visualize far ahead and their knowledge is encyclopedic. Often I feel the differences are in the form of composure, self-control and faith.”
Checkers PROVERB by Dr. Marion Tinsley

SHOCK TREATMENT PROVERBS:
A good scare may eventually help you to make a good score.

SONDHEIM AND SHAKESPEARE PROVERBS:
Don’t let your love for the game of checkers keep you from listening to some good music or reading a great book every day.

SOUND ADVICE:
Do not play all the lines that you know, but know all the lines that you play.

STEP INTO MY PARLOR PROVERBS:
When your opponent allows you to make a very inviting move, remember the story of the spider and the fly.

STICK-TO-IT-IVE-NESS PROVERBS:
Some players possess hardly any talent except perseverance and occasionally they become champions.

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT PROVERBS:
Exploit an advantage in the position immediately, before your opponent regroups and equalizes the game.

STRIKE PROVERB:
When the time is right, you must seize the moment or forever hold your peace.

STYLISH PLAYERS PROVERB:
When I was a student, many years ago, I not only studied the games of the masters, I studied their styles; there is a difference. The great ones always had a unique quality that bore the mark of a genius: a Capablanca or a Wyllie.

TAKE THE DRAW AND RUN PROVERB:
If you insist upon trying to win a draw in a checkers game, you may succeed...for your opponent.

THE ATTRACTION PROVERB:
Chess and Checkers must be learned and relearned, over and over again. That's what holds us, often for a lifetime!

THE BIG GAMBLE PROVERB:
There will be times in the game when your only chance is to take a long shot, knowing you may draw, but also knowing that you may lose: A throw of the dice in a game of skill.

THE BITTER END PROVERB:
Some games are lost in the first five minutes, but far more are lost in the last five minutes.

THE BOTTOM LINE PROVERB:
(1) Knowledge is not much good without wisdom and wisdom is not much good without knowledge.
You need both to be a winner.
(2) A game without danger, doubt or defeat would hardly be worth playing.
You must risk the slings and arrows of warfare to enjoy.
(3) A gross mistake is a hundred and forty four times worse than an ordinary mistake.
(4) Never say die.
Good checkers players may resign, but they never give up.
(5) The easiest way to solve a tough problem is nearly always wrong.

HE COMPLETE PLAYER PROVERB:
Knowledge in the opening, judgment in the midgame and genius in the ending.

THE COMPUTER AGE PROVERB:
In spite of all the computers, the playing of Chess and Checkers is not basically different. Those who oppose the computers across the board will have to know much more play and that is all for the best.

THE COPY CAT PROVERB:
After your surprise attack wins for you, some clever players adopt the same play and score with it!
Moral: Know the defense as well as the attack.

THE ENDLESS ENDING PROVERB:
You have to spend five years on the opening, ten years on the midgame and a lifetime on the ending.

THE FOLLOW THROUGH PROVERB:
Once you get a win, you have to know how to execute it or your opponent may execute you.

THE ILLUSION PROVERB:
You are in the greatest danger when your game appears the safest.

THE LONG AND THE SHORT PROVERB:
Good checker players appreciate "economy".
They try to avoid long ‘Raggedy Ann’ endings, yet they can handle them when necessary.

THE LONG HUNT PROVERB:
Strange as it seems, you often find your best play when you are not looking for it.
In the past, I have discovered some of my "cooks", while checking old play.
So keep on looking, you never know what gold you will find.

THE LONG MATCH PROVERB:
One win is just the first battle in a long hard war.

THE LONG WAY HOME PROVERB:
Cut short your search for the shortcut; the long way is the short way and the right way.

THE MIDDLE WAY PROVERB:
The winning players are not too cautious or too aggressive; they have discovered the golden mean in a checkers or chess game.

THE MOVE IS THE MESSAGE:
Every time your opponent moves he tells you something, but you must listen closely.

THE NEW LOOK PROVERB:
Sometimes originality is just a new way of looking at an old line of play.

THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES PROVERB:
You must learn to pause and study the position closely as it will save you from many a defeat.

THE QUIET MASTERS PROVERB:
The greater the players, the more they observe and the less they say; they file away the best play for future rainy days.
That's why the Tinsleys and the Kasparovs are never without a good cook when one is needed.
File away your good play and be ready for ‘The Day’.

THE RAZOR'S EDGE PROVERB:
It isn't only the number of games you win that count, it's the number of drawn games you don't try to win.
In short, don't overplay what you consider a slight edge.

THE RECIPE PROVERB:
After winning a good checkers game, I always ask myself:
‘Where did I go right?’

THE RIGHT MIXTURE:
Every player needs confidence with a dash of self-criticism and skepticism.

THE RISING STAR PROVERB:
Move by move, game by game, match by match, tournament by tournament, that’s how you become an expert, a master or even a grand master.
Go for it!

THE STARS OF TOMORROW? PROVERB:
If more good checkers or chess players wrote more good books, we'd surely have more good players.

THE THREE I’S PROVERB:
I don't think that the programmed knowledge of the computer will make the individual player an expert or a master.
What really helps us improve is our intelligence, our imagination and our intuition.

THE UNBEATEN PATH PROVERB:
The conformist expert will probably draw many games, but the non-conformist expert will probably win many games and become a master.

THE UNEXAMINED GAME PROVERB:
Little errors untended, I've discovered too often, have a way of turning into big ones, especially in games of checkers where one is a little too confident.

THE UNEXPECTED PROVERB:
Unless you are prepared to expect the unexpected, be prepared to expect the unexpected defeat.

THINKING GAMES PROVERB:
The wood pusher thinks ‘every other move’, while the master thinks ‘every move’ and that makes all the difference.

TODAY AND TOMORROW PROVERB:
The styles of play may vary, but the basic ideas of winning and drawing in checkers remain constant.

TODAY IS NOW PROVERB:
Yesterday's wins and losses are yesterday's wins and losses and the yesterdays are now gone.
Focus on what you can do TODAY!

TROJAN HORSE PROVERB:
Learning how to refuse proffered material that may be tainted is an art so a good player should cultivate it.

UNCERTAINTY IS CERTAIN:
If you fear the unknown, the unexplored and the unpublished, don’t play chess or checkers!

UNITY AND STRENGTH PROVERB:
It is important to keep your forces together, yet flexible, ready to attack or defend, as the game develops.
Any general will tell you that a divided army is hardly headed for victory.

UNSOUND PLAY PROVERB:
A win by an unsound combination, however showy, fills me with artistic horror.
Checkers Proverbs by, Wilhem Steinitz.

UNTIMELY RESIGNATIONS PROVERB:
Some games are lost by asking for a draw when it is too late and some are lost by resigning too soon; some checker players even resign when they have a win!

USE YOUR HEAD, LOOK AHEAD PROVERB:
Always look as far ahead as you can and then look one more move.

V FOR VICTORY PROVERB:
Vision, plus versatility and valor lead the Vanguard.

VERSATILITY PROVERB:
Some players never fall for the same trap twice, for they are very good at finding new ways to lose.

WE ARE ALL MORTAL PROVERB:
Was there ever a master who did not acknowledge the fact that, now and then, he was still a first class palter.

WHAT WE DO AND DON’T PROVERB:
Checkers games are lost by errors of omission as much as by errors of commission.

WHEN FORCE BECOMES FARCE PROVERB:
The blunderbuss attack seldom, if ever, works in Chess and Checkers. Subtlety is the real secret of success and is more apt to win, whereas the clumsy combination is bound to fail. It is seldom necessary, or even useful, to bully your way to a win.

WINNING IS NOT EVERYTHING PROVERB:
The longer I live, the more importance I attach to playing on the square and the less importance I attach to "winning at all costs".

WISDOM AND PRECISION PROVERB:
Chess is the philosophy of life.
Arthur Bisguier
Checkers is the mathematics of life.
Checkers Proverbs by, Tom Wiswell.

YOU MUST FIGHT BACK PROVERB:
If you let a loss demoralize you, the Game of Life is not worth playing. You have to set them up and play another game!

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS PROVERB:
The master doesn't beat you, he let’s you beat yourself and you simply cooperate.

YOUR MANUSCRIPT PROVERB:
The player who records his losses today, won't repeat them tomorrow.

ZOOLOGY PROVERB:
A good checkers player should be part fox, part elephant, part bloodhound and part mule.

If one was to read over these tidbits of philosophy again and again, digest them and then commit them to memory, a solid equilibrium would easily be attained and available when the journey to becoming a Checkers Grand Master was begun. So if you’re intrigued by a great game of checkers, but have only just begun to experiment your strategy on the battlefield, don’t be afraid, but simply forge ahead. Be humble when you make mistakes, but don’t be afraid to learn from them by recording each one in a checkers journal to be used as reference in the next battle. Be willing to experiment, be subtle in your strategies and utmost, be patient. Perseverance will be your friend; rashness will only be your foe.










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