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2005-10-01
Recap of 8th International Match

The 100th anniversary of the International Match was contested between USA and Great Britain-Ireland over September 26-30, 2005 at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States was victorious with 71 wins to 18 losses.

Joe Schwartz compiled the best individual record, going undefeated (10 wins) while playing all 20 of his games. Hugh Devlin led the visiting team with six wins. Leo Levitt withdrew after two days of play. Richard Beckwith withdrew after three days of play due to illness.

This was to the first visit to Las Vegas (if not the United States) for much of the Great-Britain-Ireland team. They seemed to enjoy the sights of Las Vegas very much. Our friends from across the pond displayed excellent sportsmanship all week.

The event was preceded by a WCDF meeting, where Hugh Devlin agreed to replace Charles Walker as WCDF president.

Special acknowledgment goes to Gerry Lopez for coordination the venue, Ian & Joan Caws for an another outstanding job as referee, and Alan Millhone for providing clocks and special scoresheets. Joe Schwartz hosted a pizza party and a "best checker story" party on Thursday evening.

The upcoming tournament book will present annotated games, pictures, and other features. The suggested price is $40 for a book copy, or $100 for a numbered copy. See above link (located above menu options) for more info.

Individual match records are shown below.

Pos U.S. Player W L D G.B.-I Player W L D

1 Jim Morrison (KY) 8 1 11 Hugh Devlin 6 2 12
2 Tim Laverty (NC) 8 3 9 Patricia Breen 2 7 9
3 Richard Beckwith (OH) 2 0 10 Sean O'Driscoll 0 5 13
4 John Webster (NC) 8 1 11 Dave Harwood 3 4 13
5 Michael Holmes (KY) 4 1 13 Brian Dobbins 0 7 11
6 Gene Lindsay (TN) 10 2 8 Paddy Doyle 1 9 10
7 Clayton Nash (MS) 5 2 9 Garrett Owens 3 10 7
8 Joe Schwartz (FL) 10 0 10 Colin Young 0 10 10
9 Leo Levitt (CA) 1 0 7 Frank Moran 0 3 17
10 Anthony Bishop (TN) 6 3 7 Brian Lucas 2 10 8
Alt. Gerry Lopez (CA) 3 2 7 G. Young 0 2 0
Alt. Charles Walker (MS) 2 0 0 Joan Caws 1 2 1
Alt. Alan Millhone (OH) 4 3 7
Alt. Al Darrow (CT) 0 0 2
Total 71 18 111

(updated 10/2/2005)

Richard Beckwith,
ACF Player Rep