The All-Ireland Open Draughts Festival took place on October 27 - 31, 2003, in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, as part of the International Festival of Draughts. Ron King edged out fellow Bajan Jack Francis to win the tournament and the title of Irish Open Champion. Congratulations, Ron!
Finishing in third place was 24-year-old international draughts grandmaster Mustafa Durdyev of Turkmenistan, who is showing fast improvement in the 8 x 8 style game. Mustafa is the oldest of six children, all of which play professional checkers. Brothers Bagtiyar Durdyev and Parahat Durdyev finished fifth and tenth in the Master Division, respectively, while brother Bashim Durdyev, sister Amangul Durdyev, and father Hoja Durdyev finished first, second, and third in the Intermediate Division. Bashim, at twelve years old, became the youngest winner ever of the Intermediate Division, breaking Women's World Champion Patricia Breen's record set when she won the division at age thirteen.
Winning the Senior Division was Mick O'Shaughnessey of Ireland. Twelve-year-old Tomas Foley of Beauford, Kerry, Ireland, won the Novice Division over younger sister Mairead Foley and older brother Sean Foley. Ron King's nine-year-old daughter, Ronelle King, finished in fourth place.
The highest-placing American in the tournament was ACF Second Vice President Lisle Cormier, who finished in fourth place in the Master Division with 23 points. ACF President Alan Millhone also played in the Master Division and was the only player to win a game against Ron King!
See the complete results of the Irish Open.