Newell W. Banks  born: 10/10/1887  died: 2/17/77

Newell Banks and Alfred Jordan played a 20 game World Championship Match in 1917  (Banks wins 5-2-13) making him the 1st 11-Man World Champion.   Gonotsky won an 11-Man Tourney in 1928.  (The Cedar Point Tourney... masters was held on 11-Man style).   A 11-Man Ballot US Open at Philadelphia, PA was held on 12/29 through 31,1961 with Harold Freyer as winner.  The 1st 11- Man Ballot National Tourney was held in November 28 - December 1, 1968 in Philadelphia, PA and the top five were: 1. Fuller-$1,000,  2. Grover - $500,  3. Lowder - $300,  4. Long - $150,  5. Sprangle - $150.  Everett Fuller is listed as the Eleven-Man Champ in that ACFB for the period.  An 11-Man Ballot Match at Detroit, MI between N. Banks v R. Martin 3-3-18 was held in April 1971.  5/10/72 an 11-Man Ballot World Championship Match  between Keneth Grover vs R. Martin  5-5-22 at Seattle, WA  Grover retains title.  The 2nd 11-Man National Tourney held on 7/21-25, 1974 in Philadelphia, won by Asa Long.  Reported in ACF Bulletin, No. 131 (Oct. 1974)  Inside front cover of this issue Ken Grover is listed as the 11-Man Match Champion and Asa Long as the 11-Man Tourney Champion. In 1975 Asa Long won the 11-Man "World Title" from Kenneth Grover (4-2-13).  In 1986 Derek Oldbury of Devon, England and  Richard Hallett of Poughkeepsie, NY were scheduled to played a 11-Man WTM.  This is a 20 game match for the proposed World Title since Asa Long declined Oldbury's challenge.  Played in Poughkeepsie September 2 following the District 2 Open on Labor Day weekend.  The match was for $3,000 a side, winner-take-all, and will continue in blocks of 4 games "sudden death" in case of a tie at 20 games.  The EDA officially recognized this match as well as ACF as being a World Title Championship Match, ACFB#210 - June/1986. 

HALLETT WINS 11-MAN BALLOT TITLE MATCH OVER OLDBURY  Richard Hallett, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., won the 20-game match for the World Title at 11-Man Ballot against Derek Oldbury, England, by a score of 4 wins to 3 and 13 draws.  Derek was 2 games down after 18 games, but won the 19th to make it a photo finish for the 20th game - which was a draw.  WTM was played at Schwartz home in Poughkeepsie on September 2-6, 1986.  William Levine, Brooklyn, was Match Referee, and Joe Schwartz, Poughkeepsie, was host and promoter.  Hallett is prepared to defend the title and welcomes challenges.  Send challenges to Joe Schwartz, 14 Wilmot Terrace, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,  12603. with copy to ACF President Les Balderson, 6517 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va., 23226.   ACFB #203 - October / 1986 pg. 3 

HALLETT-LOWDER 11-MAN MATCH  Richard Hallett, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Elbert Lowder of Sanford, NC will play a 20-game match at 11-Man Ballot for a purse of $3,000.00.  The  match will be played the week of September 21 or 28, 1987  at the home of Joe Schwartz, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.   ACFB # 210 - December  / 1987 pg. 2

11-MAN BALLOT MATCH  Elbert Lowder, Sanford, N.C., beat Richard Hallett, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., by a score of 4 wins to 2 and 13 draws in their recent match in Poughkeepsie, NY on September 21-26, 1987.   ACFB # 210 - December / 1987 pg. 2

1990 Lowder vs Levitt World 11-Man Championship Match
20 Games Match held at "ICHF" in Petal, MS. September 25 - 29th.  Elbert L. Lowder of Sanford, NC beat Leo B. Levitt of Northridge, CA with a 5W-1L-11D finish, which all games were published in Walkers "Checkers" magazine (ICHF Yearbook).  This ACF sanctioned Eleven-Man Ballot reported in ACFB # 227 (December, 1990. P.5) could be considered as a challenge for the title by Mr. Levitt since Mr. Lowder won the 11-Man World Title in 1987 by defeating Richard Hallett of Poughkeepsie, NY by (4-2-13).   Review 17games: Games  Asa Long won the 11-Man National Tourney held in 1974 in Philadelphia, and in 1975 Asa Long he won the 11-Man Match National Tourney for the US 11-Man Championship and the "11-Man World Title" from Kenneth Grover (4-2-13): however he refused to defend his title.

2002 Moiseyev vs Lowder World 11-Man Ballot World Championship Match
(Moiseyev vs Lowder) October 11-14th at the Parks and Recreation Center, Richmond, Kentucky. 20 games, which World Eleven-Man Champion Elbert Lowder was challenged by Alex Moiseyev.  This was an exciting and even contest, resulting: 6W-6L-8D which was not enough to dethrone Lowder.  Each opponent put up $500 and the challenger paid travel, room, & board expense for the Champion. Split purse 50/50. This WCM was played parallel with the Kentucky State Open 11-13th but in a separate and special room.  Eleven-Man Ballot is the true test of a crossboard player's ability to visualize.  In this style of checkers, the board is set up as normal, but one piece of each color is removed, and then a move for each side is played.  The pieces removed and moves played are selected by random ballot.  This yields exactly 2500 unique starting positions, far too many for opening play to be memorized.  Review 20 games: Games

2008 "Elbert Lowder Memorial" 11-Man Ballot National
The 11-Man National was played in Albemarle, NC and the birthplace of Elbert Lowder, a fitting tribute to Mr. Lowder. This was a 4 day tournament - Thursday thru Sunday, January 31st - February 3rd, 2 game per round - 2 rounds per day at the Sleep Inn & Suites.  ACF sanctioned, Organizers: NCCA, Millhone, Beckwith, Laverty, and Smith, - Tim Laverty Official Match Referee/Scorekeeper, and the top five were: 1. Tim Laverty,  2. Alex Moiseyev,  3. Mike Ross, 4. Teal Stanley, 5. Dr. Richard Beckwith, (honor points separating 2nd thru 4th place). ACFB # 332 - April / 2008 pg 1 

2008 Moiseyev vs Laverty World 11-Man Ballot World Championship Match
Alex Mosieyev challenges Tim Laverty the US National 11-Man Champion for the vacant world title. This 11-Man WTM is scheduled to be played in Albemarle, NC., Thursday thru Sunday, July 3rd thru 6th,  an ACF & WCDF sanctioned,16 game match, 2 game per round - 2 rounds per day at the Sleep Inn & Suites. Organizers: ACF & JR Smith - JR Smith Official Match Referee/Scorekeeper.

Elbert Lowder's WTM & WCM