2017 19th Annual Pool Checkers Festival 

 Saturday, November 11th & 12th, 2017 at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, South Bend  (map)

Dear Checker friends,

Looks like the date for our 19th Annual Pool & International Festival in South Bend, IN, will be Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (and Big-Board on Sunday, Nov. 12)
Come to South Bend to celebrate Veterans' Day! As usual we had to work around the Notre Dame football schedule, Our location will be same as last year, the Microtel Inn & Suites, 222 Dixie Way S., South Bend, IN 46637, in the town of Roseland)
We will be sending our complete ad shortly. Hope this will be suitable for you and we will have a fine tournament.
Regards, Roger

Microtel Inn phone (574) 273-4300  Roger Blaine (574) 257-9033 reblaine@hotmail.com

The International / 10 X 10 / Big Board competition will be on Sunday, November 13th at Wendy's Restaurant beside Microtel Inn, same as last year.

 19 years of checker craziness!!

 Come to Indiana for the Nineteenth Annual





Nov. 11-12, 2017


Microtel Inn & Suites, 222 Dixieway S., South Bend IN 46637

(Indiana 933 / Business US 31 in town of Roseland--across the street from 

Quality Inn where we used to play)   Take the South Bend-Notre Dame Exit 77 from 

Indiana Toll Road I-80-90, turn left from ramp, the Microtel Inn is the 3rd building on the right.


Saturday, Nov. 11 – American Pool Checkers

Defending champion: Charlie Williams

Sunday, Nov. 12 – International (Big-Board) Checkers

Defending champion: Arthur Bell


--Sunday event will be played in Wendy's Restaurant just south at 320 Dixie Way S.

Entry fee $20 for one day, $30 for both days.

Register 9:30 a.m., begin at 10.  Round robin or Swiss format.

Two divisions if sufficient entries, divided by “South Bend Ratings” from previous years.

90% of entry fees will go into prize fund.  Place prizes and special bonus for game scores!


Microtel Inn  phone (574) 273-4300.


Organizer:  Fair Play Games Tournaments,

Roger Blaine, P.O. Box 353, Osceola IN  46561.

Phone (574) 257-9033,  E-mail  reblaine@hotmail.com



South Bend is 100 miles from Chicago,

140 miles from Indianapolis, 200 miles from Detroit.

 Studebaker National Museum – University of Notre Dame – near Amish country!


 BELL TOPS TWO TOURNEYS IN SOUTH BEND - reported by Roger Blaine Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Arthur "Sonny" Bell of South Bend, Indiana, took first place in the 19th Annual Pool Checkers tournament in his home town on Nov. 11, 2017, and also topped the International or Big-Board contest the next day.

Bell, ranked as a Junior Master in Pool Checkers, scored 22 out of a possible 28 to edge Top Masters Fred D. Shurn, 21, and  last year's winner, Charlie Williams, Louisville, Ky., 17.   Bell started out with a win and a draw against Shurn, and split with one win each against Williams at the end.  Along the way, he won 9, drew 4, and lost only one.

The attendance of 8 was a decrease from last year, and we played all in one section.  Roberto Ernest, Chicago, won the "Amateur" prize for best Under 1700 rating with a fine 13.  The ratings are based on previous South Bend results, and scores were figured as 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.








1  ARTHUR BELL IN 1823 22  1st prize
2  Fred D. Shurn IN 1985 21  2nd prize
3  Charlie Williams KY 1952 17  
4  Lee Pittman IL 1874 14  
5  Roberto Ernest IL 1520 13  Amateur prize
6  Andrew Young IL 1680 11  
7  Herman Joiner IL 1667 10  
8  Roger Blaine IN 1445 4  


  Bell won 3 in a row on Sunday, Nov. 12, to win at International or 100-square Checkers, and organizer Roger Blaine was second with 2 out of 3.








1  ARTHUR BELL IN 1724 6  1st prize
2  Roger Blaine IN 1462 4  2nd prize
3  Roberto Ernest IL 1557 2  
4  Peter Kuhr IN 1527 0  

2017 Tournament Dates