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Recap of Big Summer Checker Tournaments

Lubabalo Kondlo won the "Don Lafferty" GAYP US National held in Lebanon, TN on July 24-27. Lubabalo edged Ron King (2nd) on honor points. Sergio Scarpetta was 3rd. Alex Weaver won the Majors. Ted Williamson won the Minors. The prize fund was over $15,000. Frank and Mary Davis were referee.

Lubabalo Kondlo also won the WCDF GAYP World Qualifier held July 31 through August 3 at the International Checker Hall of Fame in Petal, MS. Alex Moiseyev was 2nd, followed by Melikaya Nonyukela (3rd). All three tied with 20 pts, with Kondlo winning the head-to-head minileague. Nadiya Chyzhevska (Ukraine) won the GAYP Woman's World Championship. Referee for both events was Richard Beckwith, assisted by Charles Walker (event host). Tetiana Zaitseva (Ukraine) won the WCDF GAYP youth title match against Elia Cantatore of Italy. Alex Moiseyev was guest referee. Kim Willis was elected new WCDF Public Relations Officer, replacing Ingo Zachos, who shifted to the elected position of WCDF secretary.

The 2017 World title Match in 3-Move took place on 9-23 September in Italy between current champion Michele Borghetti (Italy) and challenger Sergio Scarpetta (Italy). Referee was Alan Millhone. The match was won by Sergio Scarpetta 6-1 with 29 draws, making Sergio the new 3-move World Champion.