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George Duke wrote on Tue, Jan 25, 2005 05:25 PM UTC:
What was really written 'years ago': Carrera's Chess was written up
about 1617. This one's eight-piece mix is still being debated. I guess it
stood the test of time. 'Mad-Queen', now 'FIDE' or Orthodox, Chess
developed about 1480. Mediaeval ingenuity had more common sense than we do
today. Or, think about the heyday of Chess Variants and novelties (before
these poor degenerate times): Sam Loyd (1841-1911), Henry Ernest Dudeney
(1847-1930), Thomas Raynor Dawson(1889-1951). Use the hat-pin method to pick
any game developed after 1950. Would Loyd or Dudeney or Dawson devote more
than an hour or an evening, if that, to 99% of them? They did not need a method of
exhaustion to allocate their time, because they still had standards.
(Actually Dudeney is fond of looking at every possible permutation for his
number puzzles.)

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