Excerpt from From Novice to Expert There are hundreds of thousands of checker players scattered throughout the country, especially in the rural districts, some of whom play a very creditable game, but who do t kw the number of a single square on the checker board, and who are utterly unable to replay, or even read a single published game. I kw of work on checker playing, sufficiently elementary to take the vice at his first game and lead him intelligently, without waste of time, to a point where he can understand and emulate the work of experts. Without a kwledge of First Principles, it takes as much time and labor to become an indifferent player, as to become a skillful one with such kwledge. The homely saying of Josh Billings, that It is better t to k quite so much than to k so menny things that aint so is especially applicable to the game of checkers. The Science of any subject is a classification of all the facts kwn upon that subject. The Art is the skill acquired in applying those facts. A person may learn from books, how to make a mortice, ten, gain or relish, and master all the facts necessary in order to frame a building and he has learned the Science of framing but when, for the first time he takes the square, saw, auger or chisel, he becomes painfully conscious that he has t yet acquired the Art. This treatise does t propose to furnish the brains, r to do the studying and practicing, which must be intelligently done by the player himself, in order to acquire the art. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.