2016 82nd Illinois 101 Counties Open Tournament
October 1st  and 2nd, 2016
(Usually scheduled 1st weekend in October)

The 82nd Illinois 101 Counties Open Ty will be held Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, in mall in Marion, IL at the Illinois Star Centre Mall Food Court. (map) and sponsored by the Illinois State Checker Association.

Usually held on 1st Saturday & Sunday in October according to Gene Ellison.  Illinois has 102 counties but since Cook County was the Chicago area, with so many strong players they dominated the state checker tournaments and won most everything.  Therefore the down state started their own tournament with the other 101 counties, excluding Cook Co., and hence the name 101 Tournament.  In the early 70's the tournament was open to all players.

The Illinois Centre Mall is located west of the intersection of Interstate I-57 and IL State Highway 13 (Exit 54B). Travel west on IL 13, about a mile to enter the mall. The mall is located at the third stop light west of the interstate exit. Turn right at this third light and to the back of the mall toward the Target parking lot. Park in the lot before Target and the door will lead to the food court where we will be playing. The food court entrance is on the north side.

A recommended hotel is the Super 8 Model at 2601 De Young, Marion, IL 62959, phone 618-993-5577. Please indicate that you are there for the tournament to receive a room discount for checker players of $50.00 (single & double) plus tax.  (Normal rate is $75).  The Super 8 is located off the first light west of the Interstate.

Registration on Saturday begins at 8:00 a.m. with play beginning after a 9:00 a.m. business meeting.  There will be four rounds on Saturday and 3 rounds on Sunday; 3-move restriction with pair by a modified Swiss system. Entry fee is $10.00.  ACF Membership is not required to play in Illinois.  Please join us for a great time playing checkers.

Here is information for the GPS traveler: Illinois Centre Mall 3000 West Deyoung St # 604, Marion, IL 62959   (618) 993-5436

For more information contact or Roger Doll, ISCA Secretary & Treasurer and Tournament Director:  (618) 402-1822, email erdoll@gmail.com 

The 2016 - 82nd Illinois 101 Counties Open Checker Tournament Group Picture

On October 1st and 2nd, 2016 the 82nd Illinois 101 Counties Tournament was held in Marion, IL by the Illinois State Checker Association (ISCA).    Ten players attended from four states. Play was very competitive. The top A Class Illinois player is Gene Ellison.   The tournament champion is Don West. The B Class top Illinois player and top scorer is Earl Kennell.  The tournament played using five round-robin pairing plus two Swiss paired rounds for the A Class and two 3 round round-robins for the B Class.  A good time was had by everyone. The ISCA wants to  especially thank Joe McDaniel for his generous donation to the prize fund.   Please mark your calendar for the first weekend in April 2017 for the Illinois State Tournament. Judy Grisley took a photograph of the group. She also treated the women who attended the tournament (Susie West, Pat Glidewell and Darlene Stallsworth) to a great lunch at Bennie's Italian Restaurant and some shopping.  Submitted by Roger Doll, Secretary/Treasurer.

A Class
Place ACF #


Before After Points H Pts Prize
1 10138

Don West    

2023 2042 21



2 10101

Byron Woolum  

1926 1938 19



3 10133

Gene Ellison

1857 1850 13



4 10121

Gary Ellison

1817 1813 12



5 10119

Ken Christian   

1747 1766 10 92




John Grisley 

1857 1804 10 86









B Class
Place ACF # Player Before After Points H Pts Prize
1 10195

Earl Kennel

1635 1668 19



2 10226

George Stallsworth

1710 1688 17



3 10087 Roger Doll 1513 1521 12



4 10072

Jen Kelton     

1127 1107 0










Submitted by email Roger Doll - Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 9:33 PM

IL 101-2016 Class A.pdf  |  IL 101-2016 Class B.pdf

2016 Tournament Dates  |  2015 Illinois 101 Counties Results