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Virginia State Open 2010 Announcement!

2010 Virginia Open (usually scheduled 3rd weekend in September) The Old Dominion Checker Association presents: The 93rd Annual Virginia Open Checker Tournament Friday & Saturday, September 17th & 18th 2010 The Super 8 Motel in Bedford, Virginia Registration will be handled in the playing room on Friday morning between 8:00 - 9:00 AM. A short business meeting is scheduled following registration. Play begins 10:00 AM Friday. The entry fee is $20.00. Any contributions to support the tournament or prize fund will be appreciated. As in the past, the tournament will be played under 3Move, using the Swiss System of scoring. There will be 8 rounds at 2 games per round - 1 hour games. We will play 4 rounds Friday of 2 hours per round - 1 round before lunch and break for a 1 hour lunch at 12:00 - various restaurants close by. Then 3 rounds afterwards, an early start of 8AM for 4 rounds Saturday - 2 rounds before lunch then break for a 1 hour lunch, and 2 afterwards, hopefully finished by 5PM permitting adequate travel time back home. The Super 8 is located at 842 Sword Beach Lane off US Route 460 (Ole Turnpike Drive) northwest city limits of Bedford. The Motel link is: Super 8, Bedford Call 1-800-800-8000 or 540-587-0100. Mr. Neal Singh, General Manager gave us special tournament room rates, which are $65.99 plus tax for king beds or double queens. Continental Breakfast and coffee available during the day is included with the playing room for Friday and Saturday. Please note: you need to make your reservations by 1st weekend of September. Neal confirmed a group block of 10 rooms under the name VA Checker Tournament. Buck Smith & Kevin Burks continue the ODCA tradition. This is the 93rd continuous Annual Virginia Checker Tournament. See beautiful Bedford and enjoy the view from the window or back of Motel, there is a great view of Sharp Top Mountain and the Peaks of Otter, once thought to be the highest in Virginia. Learn more about Sharp Top Mt. For further information, telephone Kevin Burks - President of ODCA at 434-238-7349 email: or Buck Smith - Tournament Director at 540-997-0332 or email:
2010 North Carolina State Open
NC State Open Checker Tournament in Siler City, NC
May 14 & 15, 2010

A Class:
1 Moiseyev, Alex - OH 25 pts
2 Keen, Larry - TN 23
3 Laverty, Tim - NC 20
4 Pronk, Ryan - VA 19
5 Habgood, Vic - VA 14
6 Stanley, Teal - NC 11
7 Holder, Wade - NC 7
8 Bailey, Ron - NC 6 Ron withdrew after 5th round

B Class:
1 McClellan, Joe - NC 22pts 135 hpts
2 McClintock, Bill - NC 22pts 128 hpts
3 Ross, Mike - NC 21
4 Gerringer, Bobby - NC 20pts 134 hpts
5 Lowe, Cecil - NC 20pts 129 hpts
6 Wenberg, Neil - PA 18
7 Jones, Ben - NC 16
8 Mays, Shelly - KY 15pts 128 hpts
9 Atkins, James - NC 15pts 108 hpts
10 Smith, Buck - VA 15pts 106 hpts
11 Williamson, Ted - WV 15pts 103 hpts
12 Smith, JR - NC 14
13 Stanley, Bill - NC 13
14 Pickard, Clint - NC 12
15 Tungate, Mel - CA 8
16 Martin, James - NC 6 James withdrew after 4th round

Alex Moiseyev of Dublin, Ohio won the Tournament, of course, hes the current World Checker Champion since 2002.
Tim Laverty of Graham, NC is the new 2010 State Checker Champion, this making his 9 state championship title. He won his last state title in 2003.
Joe McClellan of Winston-Salem, NC won the 2010 State Majors Checker Championship title.
Why play in real tournaments and not just online or locally?
Attending real tournaments will do several things for a player:
1: It will allow you meet quality people for the social aspect and people who share a like interest with you.
2: You can compare your talents against them in a match across the board. Playing at home is ALWAYS different than playing in real life. So many more aspects of playing in real tournaments, such as mental endurance, unknown distractions, and miscellaneous factors always exist.
3: Many of the best players do not play actively online and play solely in tournaments.
4: Help promote this game! We are really dependent on the internet to provide the members to keep the ACF going in the future. Millions and millions of people are playing checkers online every day. Can we make just 1 or 2% ACF members and regular tournament players? That would be all this game really needs to survive, and even more to flourish like it never has. Sponsorship is always needed as well and that comes from people knowing other people (aka networking).


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Recent updates
6/18/2010 updated the about me page some. Looking into adding a beginners section after I add more to the online players section

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