Confirmed: Jan 19, 2011  Mayor will be there between 8-9 am

Thank you for your written request for Mayor Knight. I will let you know the mayor’s response.

Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:27 PM
From:  Bell, Sharon

Sharon Bell, Executive Secretary
City Clerk's Office
City of Greensboro
Phone: (336) 373-2397 Fax: (336) 574-4003
P. O. Box 3136, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136

From: JR Smith NC Checkers []
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:15 PM
To: Bell, Sharon
Subject: request for the Mayor's welcome

Dear Sharon, I want to arrange a brief appearance for Mayor Bill Knight at our upcoming checker tournament.

I am proud of him, voted for him, and think he is doing a fine job, and making progress even in tuff times.

Maybe he could drop in Thursday morning, February 10, 2011 and welcome our out of town players. We will gather in the meeting room for registration at 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Econo Lodge and Suites, 120 Seneca Road, Greensboro, NC 27406. Hotel number 336-275-9575. Any time between 8-10 am would be ideal. If this is impossible, then sometime the next 3 days.

This 4 day 11-Man National Checker Tournament will feature some of the best crossboard checker players from the state and nation. It is an open format allowing anyone interested to sign up and compete. There will be players from at least 15 other states including North Carolina. The highest finishing player will be recognized as the 2011 (11-Man) National Champion and guaranteed a shot at the 11-Man World Title which is currently held by World Champion, Grand Master Alex Moiseyev. Moiseyev will be here!

We start Thursday, February 10th with registration at 8:00 am, and hopefully Mayor Bill Knight will be able to welcome our out of town players that morning, followed by a business meeting and play begins at 10:00 am. We will play Thursday through Sunday. An entry fee of $25 plus an ACF membership is required, which is a $25 yearly subscription that may be purchased at registration.

This is an American Checker Federation and North Carolina Checker Association (NCCA) sanctioned tournament.

I have included some links so you can read more about 11-Man Checkers. Its the same checkers you played as a child but on a professional level. Checker rules and moves are simple but the game on this level requires concentration and visualization. The depth of possibilities and consequences are equal to chess. 11-Man Checkers is a style or variation of standard checkers which removes a checker from each side and makes the first move for each side randomly. You play with 11 pieces instead of the normal 12 men. This creates 2,500 unique openings, far too many to memorize. A deck of cards is used to get the opening which both opponents play from each side, the Red and White pieces. There is usually an advantage side, thus requiring the player to win the advantage side and draw the disadvantage side. Checkers and Chess are prone to yield many draw games when professional opponents play known opening and lines, the 11- Man restricted openings stops that.

Here is our NC Checker website and particularly the webpage to this event

I'm the NCCA Secertary and maintain the website. 336-209-5656 or 336-288-6620

Sincerely, JR Smith
3007 Robin Hood Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408

 NCCA Correspondence