Sport: Go-As-You-Please

Archeologists say that Egyptian kings played checkers 3,500 years ago. The earliest modern book on the game was written by one Torquemada in 1547. Neither the Rameses nor Torquemada was much concerned over the checker problems of the dub, but the latest book on checkers is. Published this week, How to Play Winning Checkers (Simon & Schuster; $1.50) is authored by an expert with the encouraging name of Hopper.

Millard Fillmore Hopper learned his first checkers in a Greenwich Village recreation centre while his friend from around the block, Gene Tunney, was learning to...

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