Held at the Palm Drive Oval, Stanford. There was a live checkers game between Master Wilhelm von Schlüssel and Duke Paul of Bellatrix. Master Wilhelm won. There was a three way tie in the tug-of-war. Lists were held, with Duke Paul of Bellatrix emerging victorious. A revel and potluck dinner followed. Knud Kaukinene and Eudaimon of Alexandros were the autocrats.
“The live checkers game was an interesting variant of the live chess game, and this may have been the first (if not only) such event. Other than a couple of game of Go, this was the only time I ever defeated Duke Paul in anything like a martial event.” – Wilhelm von Schlüssel
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© Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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