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DRAUGHTS.                            399
Having the move is a decided advantage even over a skilful opponent in particular cases, and means possessing that situation on the board which will eventually enable you to drive your adversary into a confined position, and thereby finally secure the last move to yourself; but where your men are in a confined state, the move would not only be of no service to you, but might cause the loss of the game. Number the men and squares : and if one of them prove even, and the other odd, you have got the move : when both are even, or both odd, you have not the move; exem­plified in this critical situation, in which white is to play first.
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