The Delights of Peg Solitaire (book)
The puzzle game of Peg Solitaire now has a history of more than three hundred years, but there has been no major collection of problems since Ernest Bergholt’s Complete Handbook to the Game of Solitaire on the English Board of Thirty-Three Holes of 1920. This book fills the gap. It gives a comprehensive survey of problems on the 33-hole board, including many which have come to light since Bergholt wrote, and then looks elsewhere: at the 37-hole board which was the rage of the court of Louis XIV, at a 45-hole extension of the 33-hole board which has had occasional periods of popularity, and at over fifty other boards each with its own distinctive features.
The book contains over four hundred problems. Some are easy, some are not. But whether you attempt to solve them all, or merely play through the solutions for pleasure, you will be able to revel in the elegant and surprising things which are possible within the simple framework of this fascinating puzzle game.
To download a copy for reading on-screen (192 pages, 13.8MB), click here. For a printed copy, contact Chess & Bridge, 44 Baker Street, London W1U 7RT, www.chess.co.uk.
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