2008 "Elbert Lowder Memorial" 11-Man National

Albemarle, NC is the birthplace of Elbert Lowder, a befitting tribute to Mr. Lowder

January 31st thru February 3rd 2008

Sleep Inn & Suites 621 SR 24/27 East Bypass, Albemarle, NC 28001

Deluxe continental breakfast featuring fresh brewed coffee, bagels, muffins, assorted pastries, fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals and hot waffles.
Free local calls
and free weekday newspaper. Fitness center, swim in the indoor heated pool, & Ideal 40 person playing room.

Make your reservations early, block of Double Queens or King reserved until January 25th under "NC Checkers" Special Tournament Rates $70.00 704-983-2770 Ms. Tiffany Roberts, Hotel Rep. or Matt McNeil, mgr.

Registration:7:30-8AM Brief Business Session, Door prizes, review rules & schedules-paring, Play Begins at 9AM Entry Fee: $25   ACF membership required,  4 day Tournament - Thursday thru Sunday

4 Hour Clock - Allows 2 Hour per Game and 2 Rounds per day, Thursday thru Saturday and one round Sunday, Break for 1 Hour Lunch various restaurants & eateries in walking distance and numerous others just a short drive. Start at 8 AM Friday thru Sunday 1 Round before Lunch and 1 afterwards. except for single round on Sunday.  7 Rounds of Swiss style play scored by game.

ACF sanctioned National Tournament, Organizers: NCCA, Millhone, Beckwith, Laverty, & Smith

Tim Laverty Official Referee/Scorekeeper
View the Tournament Calendar www.nccheckers.org
For additional information call JR Smith 336-288-6620 or jrsmith2@triad.rr.com

4 Day Tourney -  Play on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

The tournament consists of 3 divisions, provided enough players participate to fill 3 groups.  ACF Membership required.  Clocks & Recorded games required in top class, (others may request).  Two rounds will be played on Thursday, thru Saturday and one round on Sunday, which should allow early return home.  Most players would be arriving Wednesday so provisions to register Wednesday evening will be open in playing room by 3:00 PM, a warm-up practice session for early arrivals.  Each round will be a total time of 270 minutes for each side of the clock.  This allows the player 2 hours and 15 minutes per game (135 minutes).  Rules and prize fund schedule will be displayed in playing room.  11man ballot decks also available at tourney.

Mayor Whit Whitley will welcome players, and w/newspaper coverage.

Tournament Trophies and Plaque certificates will be awarded to top position winners and a players' diplomas presented to all players.

Due to National status of event and ACF sanctioned tournament...

An Elbert Lowder Memorial 11-Man souvenir will be presented to all tournament partakers. 

Checker Memorabilia for this first time event !

Some discussion on forum in January 2007 about: "Yes, but 4 days. One of my idea was - no Divisions at all ! One big Swiss tournament where everyone can win a National Champ Title. Makes a lot of sense and more attractive. Having 4 days allow to run up to 12 rounds (3x4), one round - one opening, 2 games, in total - 6 games a day."   We can vote on this if the majority wants more games at the opening business session.

Thursday morning registration 7:30 - 8:00 AM

Tournament will start at 8:00 AM Thursday with a Welcome, Introduction, followed by a short business meeting, Door Prize drawing and pairing.  Play start at 9:00 AM.

1st Round - 9:00 AM  to 1:30 PM

Lunch - Break for 1 hour Lunch

2nd Round - 3:00 PM  to 7:30 PM  

3rd Round - starts Friday Morning at 9:00 AM 12:30 PM 

Lunch - Break for 1hour Lunch

4th Round - 2:00 PM  to 6:30 PM  

5th Round - starts Saturday Morning at 9:00 AM 12:30 PM

Lunch - Break for 1hour Lunch

6th Round - 2:00 PM  to 6:30 PM 

7th Round - starts Sunday Morning at 8:00 AM 12:30 PM  (Sunday's round was played Saturday evening)

Use 11-man deck, play both sides, use clocks set 135 min each = 270 total minutes for round.  Player can manage time as he wishes. 4 hours 30 minutes per round.  We plan 7 Rounds of Swiss Style Play scored by game.  Tim Laverty Referee / Scorekeeper   11-Man Deck & System      ACF Forum Discussion:

Albemarle Chamber of Commerce 704-982-8116 and Chris Lambert with Stanley Convention and Visitation Bureau 704-986-2583 chris@stanlycvb.com has gift bags & T-shirts. Mayor Whit Whitley will welcome us to Albemarle, 704-984-9407. Newspaper Announcement:

Travel Time:
Monroe to Albemarle  60 min or 40 miles
Charlotte to Albemarle 60 min or 42 miles
Lexington to Albemarle 60 min or 42 miles
Greensboro to Albemarle 1hr & 20 min or 64 miles
West End to Albemarle 1hr & 5 min or 45 miles
Sanford to Albemarle 1hr & 45 min or 69 miles
West End to Albemarle 1hr & 5 min or 45 miles
Fayetteville to Albemarle 2hr & 15 min or 94 miles


2008 Tournament Dates