2014 Up Coming Checker Events 

  2014 Completed Checker Events 

International Checker Hall of Fame (ICHF) Christmas Party - December 20th 2014

You and your family and friends are cordially invited to come join the fun at the International Checker Hall of Fame Christmas Party in honor of Christ's birthday on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 220 Lynn Ray Road, Petal, Mississippi - 10:00 A.M. until Lunch - R.S.V.P. - Phone: 601-307-7070. Following the Wisemen's example... There will be... free gifts, free door prizes, free food and fellowship, free reindeer parking (autos also), free money tree drawing, free entertainment... free everything! A Santa Claus helper will be present to greet children and take a picture with them! Enjoy a free buffet style Christmas Lunch and then if you choose, you may either go or stay and play in the afternoon Christmas checker/chess tournament from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.  Note: All players will receive certificates. Special acknowledgement: If this is your first time to come you are in for a wonderful treat!  Previous attendees will be amazed! Get your share of free gifts and prizes! A place has been reserved just for you! You will be glad you came... and so will we!

The 4th SportAccord World Mind Games, Beijing, China - December 11th thru 17th, 2014

The 4th SportAccord World Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China on December 11-17, 2014. The FMJD has offered WCDF the opportunity to include checkers at this event alongside other mind games.  In addition to a prize fund, SportAccord offers free flights and accommodations to the four players & official. The WCDF nominee’s for this event will be Alex Moiseyev (USA), Lubabalo Kondlo (South Africa), Michele Borghetti (Italy) and Sergio Scarpetta (Italy).  Richard Beckwith, WCDF President, will attend as official.

US Open 10x10 Tournament (ICAONA - International Checkers Association of North America), Sunny Isles Beach, FL - November 21st thru 30thns

full details:  ICANONA Website Link

WQT (World Qualifying Tournament), Clarkesville, IN - November 13th & 16th

WCDF World Qualifier & Woman/Youth Championship (3-Move) is scheduled November 13-16 at the Best Western Hotel (still in Louisville area, across the Ohio River in Indiana) will now be used for the November WCDF Qualifier & Woman’s world championship.  Hotel address for site of tournament:  Best Western - Green Tree Inn, 1425 Broadway Street, Clarksville, IN 47129.  812-288-9281. (map) $95.00 per day 2 Queen Beds, includes breakfast.  Block is for WCDF.  November 11-16 (play 13-16)  15 minutes without traffic from Louisville Airport.  4 minutes from downtown Louisville.  Restaurants within walking distance (Golden Corral, Bob Evans, Mexican place); Walmart and Target are just a couple of minutes away by car.

Alabama State Open & District 5 Tournament, Haleyville, AL - November 14th & 15th

Alabama Open & District 5 Checker Tournament will be held in Haleyville, AL November 14th & 15th - Friday and Saturday in the Meeting Room at the Galley Restaurant located at 1260 11th Ave, Haleyville, AL 205-486-9620. Players will use the Imperial Inn, 1250 11th Avenue, Haleyville AL 35565 (Special rate $39.95 + tax for DB) 205-486-5205 Russ Patel - Manager. The Imperial Inn, Motel and Galley Restaurant are beside each other so its a short walk from your room to the tournament. This tournament is usually scheduled 2nd weekend in November. Registration 8:00am Friday, Welcome /Business Meeting 9:00am Play Starts at 10:00am, tournament will consist of 7 rounds: 4 rounds on Friday, 3 rounds on Saturday, 3rd Round starting at 8:00 AM Saturday morning. Frank & Mary Davis - Referee & Scorekeeper.  District 5 contains States: Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee - District Manager: Larry Pollard  Organizers: Larry Pollard & Dallas Ramsey - Tournament Director: Larry Pollard, P.O. Box 187, Brilliant, AL. 35548. Larry Pollard's Car Lot. PollardMotors@Yahoo.com   cell: 205-412-3000 or contact Dallas at 334-385-2369 hogeye@pinebelt.net  
http://www.nccheckers.org/NCCA/2014%20Alabama.htm  Imperial Inn and Windwood Inn are the same, there is only one Motel in Haleyville.

ACF District 4 Open Tournament, Lexington, NC -  November 7th & 8th

District 4 Tournament - States: FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, WV - Larry Michael, D4 Manager - (Usually scheduled on 1st weekend in November) - Friday & Saturday, November, 7th  & 8th 2014. The ACF District Champion must be a current member of the ACF and a resident of this district. This year the tournament dates for the District 4 are the same as always. It is the first weekend in November (Nov. 7 & 8). This will be played on Friday and Saturday and will be at Gethsemane Baptist Church Fellowship hall. There will be 8 rounds of 2 games each (1 opening) using the 156 deck openings. Scoring will be by games…2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw. It looks as if the prize fund will be at least $2,000.00.  If we only have one division, as in the past, first prize will be $500. Entry fee will be $25.00 and registration will be 9:00-10:00 AM on the 7th.  A short business meeting is scheduled following registration.  Play will begin at 10:00 AM sharp Friday. There will be 4 matches played on Friday and 4 on Saturday.  We start of 8 AM Saturday with a two hour time limit per match. There will be no break for lunch. We will play right through so that the players can get back home as quickly as possible. I have not yet set up a place to stay for this year, but as soon as I find out I will let you know. We will have a meal on Friday night and lunch on Saturday as in the past. Larry Michael at 336-248-8620 or email: ltmichael@lexcominc.net 

Kentucky Open - October 11 & 12

THE KENTUCKY CHECKER TOURNAMENT will be held October 11 & 12, 2014 at La Quinta Inn, 1751 Lexington Road, Richmond, Kentucky 40475.(map) There will be 7 rounds of two games each - four rounds Saturday beginning at 8:00 AM; three rounds Sunday, same start time. The La Quinta is furnishing the playing room free based on 15 players taking rooms in the motel; rooms rent $49.95 plus tax per day. For reservations call 859-623-9121. Advise the clerk this is for the Kentucky Checker Tournament. Free continental breakfast, wireless high-speed internet, & outside swimming pool. Room will be held until October 1st. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant is adjacent to the motel. For information, contact Don Brattin at 859-986-9711, or email  ddbky@roadrunner.com  | Submitted via email by Don Brattin (Fri, May 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM)

ACF District 9 Open - Oct 6th thru 8th - Las Vegas, NV

Gerry indicated he plans to have the District 9 Tourney again at Las Vegas on Monday, October 6th thru Wednesday, October 8th, 2014. It will be held at the same hotel Travelodge, (Travelsuites Inn), 2830 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. (map) Same place as last year with good room rates with free playing room and next to Circus Circus.  Phone number is 702-735-4222 and ask for checker tournament rate.


You get Sunday through Thursday special room rates at $39/day (including Sunday 10/5 before the tourney and through Thursday October 9th), and $55 on Friday and Saturday nights for those wanting an extended stay in the heart of Fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Most players will arrive Sunday, October 5th.  We’ll have a ball. Bring family and friends for an inexpensive vacation. We’re expecting some strong players this year.


Players from all districts are invited to attend. When making your reservations, mention you and your friends are checker player for the special rates.  Families can enjoy the outstanding free performances at the Circus Circus which goes on most of the day.  Tourney play starts at 10 am on Monday, Play will be 3-Move. The entry fee is $20, there will be two classes: Masters & Non-Masters. The weather is usually very good at the end of September & 1st week of October.  The pool is small but it's wet, fun, & comes with the venue package!

Please phone or email Gerry Lopez if you are interested.  (951) 696-2499 or prof22@twc.com

District 9 includes: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Non-district residents are welcome to compete and enjoy Las Vegas. District 9 Manager, Mel Tungate

For more information, contact Gerry Lopez at 951-695-2499 (preferred method) | prof22@verizon.net or Mel Tungate 831-801-1838 |  mel@tungate.com  (preferred method)

80th Illinois 101 Counties Open - Oct 4 & 5

80th Illinois 101 Counties Open will be held in Illinois Centre Mall Food Court on October 4th & 5th, 2014 and sponsored by the Illinois State Checker Association. 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 ½ 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 $45.00 (single & double) plus tax. 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. 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 Secretary & Treasurer 618-402-1822 erdoll@gmail.com

25th Annual Mayberry Days - September 25-28, 2014 Mount Airy, North Carolina

Checkers Tournament Saturday, September 27th. - Checkers Tournament Sign-up, Mayberry Days Information Station (8:00am-11:00am), Front of Andy Griffith Playhouse. CHESTER JONES CHECKERS COMPETITION / 12 Noon - 3:00 pm hosted by Dennis Beal and the “Mayberry” chapter of TAGSRWC ("The Andy Griffin Show" Rerun Watchers Club) of Knoxville, TN. Sign up to play in the tournament at the information station (Free! - No entry Fee). The tournament is a Single or Double Elimination depending on number of tournament entrants, and one year we played a round robin. Winner gets trophy and recognition. Both practice and the tournament will be held in the Photo Gallery on the lower level of the Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030.

ODCA - 97th Annual Virginia Open - September 19 & 20 

The 97th continuous Annual Virginia Checker Tournament, an Old Dominion Checker Association tradition. Eight 2 hour rounds of 3-Move Swiss system with one re-pair if necessary. Super 8 Bedford, VA. Registration at 8-9am Play starts 10:00am.  Buck Smith, tournament organizer - 540-997-0332 - BUCKandBJ@aol.com or Ryan Pronk, Vice President, 480-262-0037 Ryan.Pronk@gmail.com  or Travis Weddle, Secretary/Treasurer, cell: 540-797-5213  tdub84@gmail.com

Ohio State Open - September 6 & 7

Ohio State Checker Tournament September 6 & 7, 2014 at Rodeway Inn Medina Conference Center, Medina, Ohio (located west of Akron | map).  Entry fee is $10.00. Registration on Saturday from 9:00-9:30 am with play beginning at 9:30 am.  Seven rounds of play using 3-move restriction (156-opening deck).  Master players:  time clocks and recording of games will be employed.  Please note that ACF membership is required and may be paid during registration. The hotel is located on 2875 Medina Road on the Northeast corner of I-71 interchange with state highway 18 (exit 218, just south of where I-71 and I-271 merge).  Hotel is a quarter-mile from interchange.  Room rates are $39.95 (single or double) per night plus tax.  Ask for “CDL rate” or checker tournament discount rate.  Phone number for Rodeway Inn is 330-725-4571.  Phone number for Rodeway Inn is 330-725-4571.    FLYER   

For additional information, contact: Richard Beckwith, 34490 Ridge Rd. # 115, Willoughby, OH 44049-3035 (440) 516-1284  email: beckwith24@msn.com

Cedarock -"Preserving Our Heritage Festival" - August 23 
( Usually scheduled 4th Saturday in August )

The Burlington Checker Club will participate in the Alamance Co. Cedarock Park - "Preserving Our Heritage Festival"  Saturday, August 23rd, 2014  9am - 5pm  The annual festival will feature demonstrations of turn-of-the-century skills that were typical on a farm of that era including blacksmithing, log hewing & using hand tools and techniques for debarking logs and squaring timbers, butter churning, soap making, quilting & much more. Antique tractors, Auto, & "hit & miss" engines will be on display. Old-time children's games including checkers, sack races & egg toss. Food & drink concessions are available. Live music all day featuring Buttermilk Creek, playing bluegrass and gospel. Come out & enjoy this fun, family-friendly event. Yes, Checkers and Beekeeping will be there!  We will be the first two exhibits you will see as you pass through the main entrance. We are set up on the right side beside each other. We will have our 2015 NC State Open Checker Tournament banner on display and the checker players' tent set up beside the Alamance Co. Beekeepers. There should be plenty of tables, chairs, boards, and checkers so by-passers can pick up a game! or try their luck at playing a state champion!

Indiana State & District 6 - August 23
District 6 contains States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio - District Manager: Roger Blaine

2014 Indiana State & District 6 Checker Tourney will be held Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at Joe's Pizza, 911 North E Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374 (map). "E" Street is 5 blocks north of downtown Richmond in the historic Train Depot district. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. and we will get started right after opening. 5 rounds in one day, Swiss or Round Robin, and will have Class A and B if number of entries permits. Entry fee $15. Top-scoring Indiana resident in "A" will be State Champion, best Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, or Ohio resident will be District 6 Champ.  Cash and merchandise prizes. Organizer:  Roger Blaine, P.O. Box 353, Osceola, IN 46561, (574) 257-9033, or  reblaine@hotmail.com.  Local sponsor: Greg Wilmoth, (765) 993-9151. Joe's Pizza phone (765) 935-3838. There are many motels in Richmond, look on Internet or call or e-mail us for info.

Annual Mid-Ohio Checker Meet - August 15 & 16 

The Annual Mid-Ohio Checker Meet will be held at Crist & Rosanna Miller's home at 10250 S. Kansas Road, Fredericksburg, Ohio 44627 (map).  Friday & Saturday, August 15th and August 16th Registration opens at 12:00 pm, we will begin at 1:00 pm the evening of the 15th and continuing into Saturday. The time was move up so a planned cook out could supplement the tournament after 3 rounds. This year we play GAYP (Go-As-You-Please), we switch every other year between GAYP and 3-Move Restriction.  We will play 7 total rounds of Swiss (1 1/2 hours per 2 game rounds) as 3 rounds Friday and 4 rounds Saturday with play starting at 9:00am. Snacks & drinks provided, with free breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more information, contact Crist Miller, coordinator at 330-231-5034 or 330-359-7877. We will play in the large building on the right side of Crist & Rosanna Miller's home. Tournament is free, but please contribute $30 to show your support & appreciation.

ACF District 7 Open Championship - August 9 

The ACF District # 7 Open Championship will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Joyce Raye Patterson Center, 100 S. 10th Street, St. Joseph, MO. 64501.  We will play 6 rounds only with a 45 minute time limit per game. The tournament should conclude by 3:30-4:00.  We will use the Swiss system as the method of pairings for the tournament. Registration starts at 8:00; play will start at 9:00 a.m. The entry fee will go into the prize fund and given back to the players after some miscellaneous expenses. For more information contact George Stallsworth, (816-689-2859) or email  dstallsworth@stjoelive.com  The ACF District Champion must be a current member of the ACF and a resident of this district.

ACF - 49th  3-Move National - July 14 - 18

“The 2014 ACF National 3-Move Tournament” ACF - 49th  3-Move National Tournament | Scheduled week of July 23rd -thru-27th 2014  |  at “BluegrassMagic Gameshop” on 5629 Outerloop, Louisville, Kentucky  40219 (map)  502-964-1170. Masters and Majors will start on July 23. Business meeting starts at 10am and registration after the business meeting. Play on July 23rd starts at Noon. Master's Division will play 2 games (1 opening) per round. Rd 1 is 12-3 and Rd 2 is 4-7, July 24th Rd 3 is 10-1, Rd 4 is 2-5, and Rd 5 is 6-9, July 25th Rd 6 is 10-1, Rd 7 is 2-5, and Rd 8 is 6-9, July 26th Rd 9 is 10-1, Rd 10 is 2-5, and Rd 11 is 6-9, July 27th Rd 12 is 1-4. Major's Division will be decided Wednesday during the business meeting and will play through Friday or Saturday. If they only have one round to play Saturday anyone can take a 2 point bye for the last round. Recommended hotel is Quality Inn & Suites, 3255 Bardstow Rd, Louisville, KY 40205. It takes a total of 52 minutes to take the trip by bus and about 11 minutes by car. Bus directions: take bus 23 to Bardstown @Goldsmith stop id 17860 and walk 1 minute to Armsmere @ Shepherdville and take bus 62 to BluegrassMagic Gameshop. Hotel rates are still being negotiated. Please contact Michael Holmes, ACF Player Representative, at holmes_cdfm@yahoo.com or 502-767-2725 about questions, concerns, and/or pledge contributions.

ACF - Youth National - July 19

This year the USA 2014 Youth National 3-Move will be one day, July 19th at “BluegrassMagic Gameshop” on 5629 Outerloop, Louisville, KY 40219 (map)  502-964-1170.  Registration will be from 10 to 11 and play starts at 11. Also note that Youth tournament will end at 4:45pm.  Entry fee is $10.00 for early entry and $15.00 for late entry. More details on this later.  Trophies and checker books for each group and over $400 in prize money total.  2 games per round, and age brackets 7 and under, 8-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15 through senior in high school. Obviously, anyone can play up. Three rounds will determine age bracket winners. Another three rounds determines overall winner from the age bracket winners.  Anyone wanting to support this event can call me at 502-767-2725, email me at holmes_cdfm@yahoo.com or talk to me at the TN tournament. Any type of checker material donated for the youth will be much appreciated!

Southern Open - July 11 - 13

The 2014 Southern Checker Tournament will be held at Lebanon, TN on July 11th thru 13th 2014, at the Days Inn in Lebanon, TN 37087.  The inn is located on Highway 231 (822 Cumberland Street), near I-40 (take exit 238).  On Friday, July 11, registration begins at 9AM followed by a business meeting at 10AM.  Tournament play will begin immediately following the business meeting.  The tournament will consist of 8 rounds:  3 rounds on Friday, 4 rounds on Saturday, 1 round on Sunday. For reservations, call 1-615-449-5781 and tell them you are a checker player. King or Doubles at Checker Players' rate is $42.00 (Tennessee Tax 16.24% = Total $48.82 per night) Please make your reservations early.  For more information, call Frank Davis at 1-931-552-4246.  Submitted by Frank Davis, Pres. of Southern Checker Association. 

The 48th Annual National APCA Tournament, Memphis, TN - July 7-10th

2014 American Pool Checkers Association will hold their 48th National Tournament at The Memphis Hotel on 2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38118.

ROOM RATE: $85+Tax per night STANDARD = (2 DOUBLE BEDS)  |  $85+Tax per night SUITE = (2 DOUBLE BEDS OR 1 KING SIDE BED)  |  Reservation: American Pool Checker Tournament (Upon making Reservation Ask for the above Special Rates)  |PLAYING DIVISIONS AND FEES (Non-affiliated member must pay double)
BLUE RIBBONS - $50, GOLD BAR - $55, JR. MASTER - $60, MASTER - $65, TOP MASTER - $75  | APCA Local Club Members must register with their local clubs. Non-affiliated Players should
send registration fees to Roger Blaine, APCA National Treasurer, Post Office Box 353, Osceola, IN 46561 (574) 257-9033 | FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CLUB PRESIDENT OR:


Othell Totten
Memphis Pool Checker Club
925 Maxey Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
Tel: (901) 458-9942 | Cell: 9901)-488-7487
email: sharontotten@yahoo.com

Clarence Gooche, President
American Pool Checker Association
272 Foster Road
Henderson, North Carolina 27537
cell (919) 608-0862 | email: CGooch@nc.rr.com


Wayne Lockheart, Tournament Director,
American Pool Checker Association
5463 Cowen Street, Toledo, Ohio 43613
Tel: (409) 474-8835, Cell: (419) 215-3573
Email: waynelockheart@aol.com

2014 GAYP WTM - King v Scarpetta - July 5-10th

GAYP World Title Match between Ron King (Barbados) and challenger Sergio Scarpetta (Italy) is scheduled to be played at Foggia, Italy on July 5-10, 2014.

Missouri State GAYP - June 21

THE MISSOURI STATE (GAYP) GO-AS-YOU-PLEASE TOURNAMENT will be held Saturday, June 21st  2014 at Ozark Valley Inn, 2693 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson, MO 65616 (map) (phone: 417-336-4666 or 1-800-947-4666). The cost will be $59.95 per night if we have fewer than 10 rooms. If we have ten or more rooms, the rate will be $45.00 per night. Ask for Sharon when making your reservation and be sure to tell her you are with the Checker Tournament. The prize fund for this tournament will be $4,000. Thanks to Joe and Jeannie McDaniel of Tulsa, Oklahoma and David Seres of Newport Beach, California for donating this prize fund and sponsoring this tournament. Plan to make this a family vacation. There is so much to see and do in Branson -- all kinds of music shows, the Titanic Museum, Silver Dollar City, and lots of other attractions. You don’t want to miss this one!  Entry fee $10.00. There will be one class only. Registration starts at 8:00; play will start at 8:30 a.m. For more information contact George Stallsworth, (816-689-2859) or email: dstallsworth@stjoelive.com

New England States Open & District 1 GAYP Championship - June 21
District 1 contains States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & Vermont
   District 1 Manager: Richard White

 Held at the home of Richard White, 8 Pine Street, Dover, Massachusetts 02030-2423 (map) - Saturday, June 21, 2014. Register 8:30 a.m. 1st round play starts at 9:00 a.m. - Over by generally 6p.m. Depending on the number of players, I'd like to use the same round-robin format we used last year: Games to be played as soon as the players are ready to begin, go-as-you-please, round-robin with each round consisting of 1 game, draw for colors. (self-pairing after 1st round). We deal with time control in this way. We've never used clocks because most players don't own them and aren't familiar with them. First round pairings are assigned by arrival time and after that, players match up as their games complete. So, if you're a slow player, fast player, or half-fast player (I think that's a Wiswell-ism), you'll have an opponent without having to wait for a round to complete. The last few years have worked out well under this system. There are generally 2 or 3 players who end up playing the last games after everyone else has finished and those games have been the decisive ones. It's unorthodox but it gets us through in one day in a reasonable amount of time. Highest finishing N.E. resident will be the District One Champion; the highest finishing player from each N.E. state will be the Champion of that State. We'll provide lunch, coffee, drinks, and snacks. No entry fee, no prize money, but you get your name on a plaque (contribution appreciated).If you planning to attend, please email whitefork@Verizon.net, or call 508-785-3197 There are hotels nearby (Needham, Natick, Dedham, etc). For more details, questions, or directions, please email Richard White whitefork@comcast.net

Burlington 11-Man - June 14

2014 Burlington 11-Man Open,Saturday, June 14th, 2014, Econo Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 (336) 227-1270.  We will play 11-Man Ballot - five 2 game rounds (Swiss Style) of 1 hour & 30 minutes per round - 45 minute games. $20.00 entry fee - Registration Opens: 8:15AM - Play begins 9:00AM - Lunch break after two rounds. Tim Laverty - Referee & Scorekeeper  |  Let them know you are a checker player to get special rate $42 King or Double Queen  | Call - Teal Stanley (336)-215-7066 or JR Smith (336)-209-5656.

Pete Schmucker's Checker Meet - June 13 & 14

To be held at Pete and Elle Schmucker's home, Shipshewana, IN - Friday & Saturday, June 13th and 14th 2014. Pete and Elle Schmucker's home, 1505 N. 500 W, Shipshewana, IN, 46565  260-768-4021 or cell: 260-350-0592  (map)  Registration opens at 12:00pm. Starts at 1:00pm. They plan to arrive before 12:00pm Friday afternoon for three rounds of GAYP and follow up playing three or four more rounds Saturday morning, finishing early Saturday evening. This Lagrange County, Indiana checker get-together will serve as a "tune-up" for the Mid-Ohio Meet.  They may schedule a couple more small group checker gatherings before the August 15th & 16th Meet.  All the top players from Ohio and Indiana will be there, so bring a friend and join the fun!  Crist Miller may be contacted at 330-359-7877 or email at Crosco@pcfreemail.com and of course Pete Schmucker at the above phone numbers.

District 3 & Pennsylvania State Open - June 7 & 8

District 3 contains States: District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania - Jason Solan is D3 Manager.  The 2014 District 3/Pennsylvania State Tournament will be held on June 7th & 8th at the Ramada Conference Center in State College, PA 16801 (1450 S Atherton St.)  Registration will be from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM with a business meeting to follow from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. ACF membership will be required for entrance into the tournament. Membership may be paid on site. The entry fee for this tournament will be $20. Play will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday and 8:30 AM on Sunday. There will be 7 rounds with 2 ½ hours per round (time-clocks will be utilized). Provided ample attendance there will be 2 divisions, Majors and Masters which will be determined by ACF ratings. In the event that there is not an adequate number of participants in a division, a decision will be made during the business meeting. Pairings will be determined by round robin if there are 8 players in a division and Swiss method if there are more/less that 8 players. There will be a half hour break between each round and an hour break for dinner after round 3. The tournament will conclude with a recognition and awards for tournament winners and participants from approximately 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM. The Ramada is an award winning hotel with many amenities including a restaurant on site. The restaurant offers a continental breakfast for $5.99 per person and hot/cold breakfast for $7.99 per person. The discounted room rate offered to ACF members is $69 per night. Make sure to mention that you are part of the ACF group to get this rate. (814) 238-3001  If you have any questions, please contact Joe Moore, Jr. at (267) 994-3399 or Joseph.Moore.314@gmail.com

Texas State & District 8 Open - June 6 & 7
District 8 contains States: Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and their District 8 Manager: Faye Harvell

The Texas State and District 8 Open Tournament will be held June 6th and 7th (Friday & Saturday), beginning registration at 8:00 a.m., a short business meeting at 8:30 am, with play starting at 9:00 am on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  The tournament will take place at the meeting room of the Super 8 Motel, 910 N. Central Expressway (on Highway 75), McKinney, TX 75069 (map)  Phone # 972-548-8880. The room rate will be about $60.00, beds are two queen size or king beds. This is the tenth Texas / District 8 tournament held in McKinney, TX, and held at the same place. Make your reservation by June 1st, 2014.

Seven rounds will be played, with four 2 hour rounds played on Friday and three 2 hour rounds played on Saturday. Unless other plans of play are made at the Business Meeting. The entrance fee is $25.00 and ACF membership is required. 

This is an American Checker Federation Sanctioned Tournament; therefore, ACF Membership is $40.00 yearly. This may be paid at registration. Call Faye Mounger at 972-548-0049 or e-mail fayemounger@yahoo.com; or Hugh Hawkins at 903-532-5313 or e-mail  hawk2@cableone.net for more information.

Buttermilk pie maybe the special with all the other food and deserts provided at Lunch on Friday.  Looking forward to seeing all of you regular players and others from all parts of the Good Old U. S. A.  Faye & Family, Hugh & Judy Hawkins

Mississippi State One Day 3-Move & Youth GAYP National - May 24

Saturday, May 24th at Hall II - ICHF, 220 Lynn Ray Road, Petal, MS 39465 (map)
(The Mississippi Open is traditionally held every Memorial Day weekend)

Charles Walker announced that he and his staff are planning a one day MS State 3-Move Tournament in addition to the Youth GAYP National Open which will be held the same day. More on this later.

North Carolina Open - May 16 & 17

The 124th Annual North Carolina Open Checker Tournament -"In Memory of Bill McClintock" will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 16th & 17th, 2014. Econo Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 (336) 227-1270. We will play 3-Move - eight 2 game rounds (Swiss Style) of 1 hour & 15 minutes per game - 2 1/2 hours rounds. Entry fees: $30.00 Masters, $25 Majors, $20.00 Minors - Registration Opens: 8:15AM - Play begins 9:00AM - Lunch break after first round  |  Tim Laverty - Referee & Scorekeeper  |  Let them know you are a checker player to get special rate $42 King or Double Queen  | Call - Teal Stanley (336)-215-7066 or JR Smith (336)-209-5656

West Tennessee Strawberry - May 9 & 10


77th Annual West Tennessee Strawberry Festival Checker Tournament, May 9th & 10th 2014 (Friday & Saturday) at the "Regions Bank" 1214 Main Street, downtown Humboldt, TN 38343. Same location as past years. Play will begin Friday, May 9th at 9:00am and continue until Saturday at 2:00pm. Frank and Mary Davis will again be our referee and scorekeeper.  We will have a good prize fund, free food and door prizes as usual. From I-40 (Jackson, Tennessee) take exit 80B, then 14 miles into Humboldt.
1. Deerfield Inn, 45 bypass (map), kingsize bed $39.99, w/tax $45.88 two double beds $45.9 9 including 13.75% tax $52.31 (731-824-4770), recommended.
2. Heritage Inn, 3350 Eastend Dr, (map) $41.95 plus tax for a queen size bed and $48.95 w/tax $55.68 for a king or two doubles (731-784-2278).
3. Regal Inn, 618 N. 22nd Ave., $38 (tax included) for king and $45 (tax included) for two doubles. (731-784-9693).

Greensboro Open - Apr 26

2014 Greensboro Open Checker Tournament "Bill McClintock Memorial" Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Econo Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 (336) 227-1270 | We will play 3-Move - five 2 game rounds (Swiss Style) of 1 hour & 30 minutes per round - 45 minute games. $20.00 entry fee - Registration Opens: 8:15AM - Play begins 9:00AM - Lunch break after two rounds. Tim Laverty - Referee & Scorekeeper  |  Let them know you are a checker player to get special rate $42 King or Double Queen  | Call - Teal Stanley (336)-215-7066 or JR Smith (336)-209-5656

Missouri State 3-Move - Apr 12

The Missouri State 3-Move Tournament will be held April 12, 2014 at the Rest Haven Convalescent & Retirement Home, 1800 S. Ingram, Sedalia, MO 65301 (660-827-0854). Wayne Miller has made arrangements to have the tournament at the nursing home. Register at 8:00 a.m.; short business meeting at 8:30 a.m.; play at 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact George Stallsworth (816-689-2859). If you’d like to make a donation to the prize fund, please specify it is for the State Tournament.

Illinois State - Apr 5 & 6

The 109th Annual Illinois State Checker Tournament will be held Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th, 2014 in Marion, IL, at the Illinois Centre Mall food court.  A recommended hotel is the Super 8 Motel at 2601 De Young, Marion, IL, 62959.  phone 618-993-5577. The Super 8 is located to the left off the first stop light West of Exit  54 B coming off the Interstate I-57.  Room rates are $52.00 plus tax.  The Illinois Centre Mall is located West of Intersection I-57 and IL State Highway 13 (Exit 54B) Marion, Illinois 62959. Travel west on IL 13 ( W Deyoung Street) about 1.5 miles to enter the mall. The mall is located at the third stop light west of the same interstate exit. You turn right at this third stop light and go to the back of the mall toward the Target parking.  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 near Target. Registration on Saturday begins at 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. with a business meeting at 9:00 a.m. and play beginning shortly after a 9:45 a.m. . There will be four rounds played on Saturday and 3 rounds on Sunday; 3-move restriction with pairing by a modified Swiss system. We hope to have enough players for a "C" division to attract beginners.  Entry fee is $10.00  Please join us for a great time playing checkers. For information call Roger Doll (618) 402-1822, email erdoll@gmail.com  You may also contact Ramon Dionisio, 1509 Old Oak Place, Darien, IL 60561, phone: 630-835-4304 email:  RMDionisio@aol.com  The American Checker Federation requires a membership ($40.00) for all participants at ACF sanctioned tournaments.   All Class "A" players must have an ACF membership to play.  Class "B" players will not be required to have an ACF or Associate membership to play this year.  Sincerely, Ramon Dionisio, President of ISCA.

Tennessee State Open - Mar 7-9

The 2014 Tennessee State Open Checker Tournament will be held on (Friday thru Sunday)  March 7 - 9, 2014, at the Days Inn in Lebanon, TN 37087. The inn is located on Highway 231 (822 Cumberland Street) near I-40 (take exit 238 north off I-40). This year the tournament will be held in memory of  Leonard Hickman.  We anticipate a generous prize fund in the $5-$6,000 range. The tournament consists of (3) divisions. Two rounds will be played on Friday, four on Saturday, and two on Sunday.  Registration will begin at 1 PM on Friday, followed by a business meeting at 3 PM.  Play will start immediately following the business meeting on Friday and end Sunday at 1 PM.  For reservations, call 1-615-449-5781 and tell them you are a checker player.  King or Doubles at Checker Player's rate is $42.00 (Tennessee Tax 16.24% = Total $48.82 per night) Please make your reservations early.  For more information, call Frank Davis at 1-931-552-4246.  Submitted by Frank Davis.

USA-South Africa Match - Feb 10-14

USA-South Africa match. Tentative plans are in the works for a US team to travel to Port Elizabeth, South Africa for a three-day international match (GAYP & 3-move) in February 2014. Tour includes hospitality and sight-seeing, but players and guests would be responsible for airfare and any extra days of stay. Master players who are interested may contact Michael Holmes (michaelholmes@insightbb.com) or Richard Beckwith (beckwith24@msn.com) for more info. The tentative match dates are scheduled for Monday thru Friday, February 10th through 14th, 2014. 

11-Man Ballot ACF National Open - Jan 31- Feb 2

WHAT: 11-Man Ballot ACF National Open Checker Tournament - 3 Days - 9 Openings/18 games. WHEN: January 31st through February 2nd 2014   WHERE: Econo Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 | (336) 227-1270 | King or Double Queens $42 (let them know you are a checker player) | Registration: 8:00AM, Start Playing: 9:00AM   CONTACT: JR Smith 336-209-5656 • jrsmithnccheckers@gmail.com | Teal Stanley 336-215-7066 • tstanley336@aol.com

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