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1850

EARLIEST RECORD OF BLINDFOLD PLAYING, BY J. HADDEN OF SCOTLAND.

IN ENGLAND, E. LORD STARTED PLAYING BLINDFOLD IN BIRMINGHAM DURING THE 1850s.

DURING THE 1850s THE PLAYERS IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, MET ACROSS THE GIANT BOARD IN THE OLD COLLEGE GROUNDS, USING RED AND WHITE PIECES WEIGHING 56LB (25KILOS) EACH.

 

 

 

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1851

JAMES WYLLIE VS MCINTOSH 4-1-42 DRAWS at GLASGOW.

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1852
"Anderson's second book, "The Game of Draughts Simplified", his famous Second Edition, published.
PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS ON THIS FAMOUS BOOK.
 
 
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1854

1/16- 20    CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENGLAND AND 60 (EQUIVALENT TO 5,000 IN 2010).

ROBERT  MARTINS VS ALBERT BROWN at LONDON. WINNER TO BE THE FIRST TO 9 WINS, BUT BROWN RESIGNED AFTER MARTINS'S 6TH WIN.

MARTINS WINS TITLE. 

A GIANT OUTDOOR BOARD WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE PARK AT GREENOCK, SCOTLAND, SIMILAR TO THAT IN COLLEGE GREEN, GLASGOW.

 

 

 

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1855

A.J. DRYSDALE ARRIVES IN AMERICA FROM SCOTLAND, TOURING AND PROCLAIMING HIMSELF AS AMERICAN CHAMPION. AFTER FOUR YEARS WITH NO CHALLENGERS, HE RETIRES "UNDEFEATED".

JULY.  THE NEW YORK CLIPPER FIRST PUBLISHES A CHECKER COLUMN. THE INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY IRA D.J. SWEET.

 

 

 

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1858

12/21-   A 30-GAME MATCH FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND, PLUS 100 PER SIDE. 

ROBERT MARTINS VS JOHN McKERROW 1-1-28 DRAWS at GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND.

12/20-1/5/59  STAKE MATCH FOR 50

JOHN WAY VS HARPER COLTHERD  8-2-29 DRAWS at NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.

JOHN DRUMMOND VS GEORGE BULLOCK 17-10 [NUMBER OF DRAWS UNSPECIFIED]  at SHEFFIELD. FOR 50 A SIDE. THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES AGAINST DRUMMOND.

DEC.  STAKE MATCH FOR 50 A SIDE

JOHN DRUMMOND VS THOMAS HUDSON  9-4 AND NUMEROUS DRAWS at GLASGOW. TERMS WERE FIRST TO 9 WINS.

 

 

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1859

6/14-  50-GAME MATCH FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND.

ROBERT MARTINS VS JAMES WYLLIE 4-1-43 DRAWS at EDINBURGH. THEIR FIRST MEETING.  

MARTINS WINS TITLE.

11/28-12/10  50-GAME MATCH FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND AND 100 A SIDE (EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT 9,500 IN 2010).

ROBERT MARTINS VS JOHN McKERROW  10-6-30 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. McKERROW RESIGNED AFTER 46 GAMES.

MARTINS WINS TITLE.

THIS WAS THEIR SECOND MATCH. IT WAS THE FIRST OCCASION ON WHICH THE MATCH BOOK APPEARED IN PRINTED FORM, MANUSCRIPT COPIES HAVING BEEN CIRCULATED PREVIOUSLY.

 

 

 

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