from Editor Paul Braithwaite

The December issue of the EDA Journal has now been distributed.  It provides 16 pages of information including reports on events in the region's draughts world over the last three months.

Lead story is Tony Boyle's feedback on the Welsh Open Championship in which he ponders whether his winning ways had luck mixed in with skill.  In contrast the Irish Open report, by Bill Dobbins, records an expected win by Shane McCosker in the masters section.  The active Irish scene is confirmed with additional sections for the Seniors and Intermediates.  Bill also provides notes on the Northern Ireland Open which was indeed open due to the absence of Shane McCosker (who was playing in the USA)!  Some local English and other results are also recorded.

Jim O'Brien gives a heartfelt tribute to the sad passing of his son James Jnr.  On the other hand one of England's former international players, Brian Lucas, is very much with us and recalls his development in the game in our regular "Player Profile" feature.  David Kotin was adopted as the EDA's European Ambassador at our April AGM and he gives a breathtaking account of his efforts during the short time in honorary office so far!

Melvyn Green challenges our brains to solve six move-and-win problems.  Guest contributor Jim Loy, editor of the USA's American Checker Federation "Bulletin" provides annotation of a game from the English Open of 2013:  former English Ladies champion, the late Joan Caws beat her husband Ian Caws, our chairman etc., in a Round 1 game.

On historical matters, Chris Reekie gives background to the mysteries of the life of early nineteeenth-century player James Wyllie, the editor summarises a review of the earliest French book about our game, and Ken Lovell provides a 1978 photo of James Marshall and Bill Edwards.

So a mixed bag to cover all interests in the game.  The Journal is issued quarterly to members either by emailed pdf or printed copy by post according to type of subscription.