Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 In 1990, Jonathan Schaeffer, a book collector, was going to dissect the moves made in 732 checkers games by Marion Tinsley, the greatest human checkers player ever. He was going to search for some hidden checkers secrets.#2 Checkers, the game Tinsley was playing, is a human invention that has been around for thousands of years. It is a friendly combat and an amusement for its own sake.#3 Marion Tinsley was a precocious student who excelled at math and memorized poems. He skipped four of the first eight grades. He was enrolled at Ohio State University, and he had visions of beating Mrs. Kershaw, the boarder who played checkers with him and his family.#4 Tinsley's mother was religious, and he became a minister at a church. He also became a volunteer part-time minister at the Church of Christ, produced a biblical radio program, and taught the Book of Revelation in a weekly class.