2021 87th Illinois 101 Counties Open Tournament
October 2nd, 2021
(Usually scheduled 1st weekend in October)

The 87th Annual Illinois 101 Counties Checker Tournament will be held Saturday October 2nd, 2021 in Marion, IL. Registration at 8:00 a.m. with play beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Note the change in format to a one day tournament.

Venue: Mackie's Pizza, at 2704 Walton Way, Marion, IL 62959.  The Illinois State Checker Association will be providing pizza for meals to all players   Players will need to purchase their own beverages.

The Mackie's Pizza is located west of the intersection of Interstate I-57 and IL State Highway 13 (Exit 54).  Travel west on IL 13 about 0.6  miles. Turn left onto Walton Way and follow around to Mackie's Pizza. Recommended hotel: Super 8 Motel at 2601 Vernell Road, Marion, IL 62959 (map),  phone 618-993-5577.   The Super 8 is located to the left, off the first light west of the Interstate.

Five total rounds to be played, unless time allows for more rounds...  Three move restriction paired by a modified Swiss system.  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

(reported by Roger Doll via email Oct 17, 2021, 2:26 PM)

The 2021 Illinois 101 Counties Tournament was played on October 2, in Marion, IL. For the first time since this tournament became an open tournament decades ago, we only had Illinois players. It was great to see each other and play some fun checkers together. One class was played in a round-robin pairing using three-move restriction. Gary Ellison was the tournament champion. Special thanks go to Joe McDaniel for his generous contribution to the prize fund.



Points Prize


 Gary Ellison 17 $160


 Gene Ellison 15 $105
3  Roger Doll 11 $ 80
4  Boone Wooden 7 $ 55
5  Jennifer Kelton 5 $ 40
                  Total Prize $440

2021 Tournament Dates