2009 Virginia Open  
(usually scheduled 3rd weekend in September)

The Old Dominion Checker Association
The 92nd Annual Virginia Open Checker Tournament
 Friday & Saturday, September 18th & 19th 2009
The Super 8 Motel in Bedford, Virginia

Registration will be handled in the playing room on Friday morning between 8:00 - 9:00 AM. A short business meeting is scheduled following registration. Play begins 10:00 AM Friday. The entry fee is $20.00.  Any contributions to support the tournament or prize fund will be appreciated.

As in the past, the tournament will be played under 3Move, using the Swiss System of scoring.  There will be 8 rounds at 2 games per round - 1 hour games. We will play 4 rounds Friday of 2 hours per round - 1 round before lunch and break for a 1 hour lunch at 12:00 - various restaurants close by.  Then 3 rounds afterwards, an early start of 8AM for 4 rounds Saturday - 2 rounds before lunch then break for a 1 hour lunch, and 2 afterwards, hopefully finished by 5PM permitting adequate travel time back home.

The Super 8 is located at 842 Sword Beach Lane off US Route 460 (Ole Turnpike Drive) northwest city limits of Bedford. The Motel link is: Super 8, Bedford  Call 1-800-800-8000 or 540-587-0100. Ms. Dee Kelly, General Manager gave us special tournament room rates, which are $61.99 plus tax for king beds or double queens.  Continental Breakfast and coffee available during the day is included with the playing room.  Please note: you need to make your reservations early by 1st weekend of September.  Dee confirmed a group block of 10 rooms under the name VA Checker Tournament (We need to rent 8 rooms! to satisfy our playing room expense)

Buck Smith & Kevin Burks continue the ODCA tradition.  This is the 92nd continuous Annual Virginia Checker Tournament.  See beautiful Bedford and enjoy the view from the window or back of Motel, there is a great view of Sharp Top Mountain and the Peaks of Otter, once thought to be the highest in Virginia. Learn more about Sharp Top Mt.

For further information, telephone Kevin Burks - President of ODCA at 434-238-7349 email:  metallica_one2@hotmail.com or Buck Smith - Tournament Director at 540-997-0332 or email: BUCKandBJ@aol.com


2 hrs 20 mins - 113 miles - US-220N toward Martinsville using Bwp to Rocky Mount, then 122 (Moneta Rd) to Bedford, left onto US-221/460 W. (Notice Visitor's Center) - Turn right onto Ole Turnpike Dr.  Click To See Map  Some players prefer this because because of curvy 43 and GPS tracks this route. Click for Waypoints

2 hrs 12 mins - 117 miles - US-29N to Altivista using byp at Reidsville, Chatham, Gretna, then take VA-43 exit toward Altavista/Leesville (Bedford Hwy) - stay on 43- turn left onto US-460 BR W. - Turn right onto Ole Turnpike Dr.   Click To See Map

2009 Tournament Dates