However, Strickland's fame as a practical player was eclipsed by his reputation as a blindfold player. Before Strickland, blindfold play had been held to be impossible, and even such great players as Robert Martins declared that it was all trickery. Philidor, the great blindfold chess player, tried to play draughts the same way and failed. John Drummond, the celebrated author of the Scottish Draughts Player, declared that "Draughts required both sight and thoughtful mind." In spite if these opinions, Frank Dunne attempted to play blindfold draughts and succeeded. His success fired Strickland's ambition, and soon after Strickland commenced a tour of the counties of the North of England and the South of Scotland playing from six to a dozen games simultaneously. These exhibitions were of the most brilliant description, and called forth most laudatory notices from the press. The excitement culminated when it was announced that he would contest 20 games simultaneously with the best players of Leeds and District. on that occasion he won narrowly by the score of 7 wins, 6 lossess and 7 draws. William Srrickland died of bronchitis in October 1887, and is best remembered today for his famous position, diagrammed here with Red (playing down the board) to play and win. The solution is sufficiently deep that most programs are unable to win this ending against a tenacious defence, with the Chinook 6-piece database being insufficient for this 7-piece position. However, with its 7-piece endgame databases Wyllie Draughts not only plays out the win perfectly, but also moves instantly as well!