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  A view from ACF Player's Representative Richard Beckwith : 2011-08-03

Checkers in Summer of 2011 (and Beyond)

It has been a very busy summer for checkers. In late May, Alex Moiseyev retained his 11-Man ballot World Match Title with a 5-0-7 victory over Tim Laverty in Greensboro, North Carolina (the same score they had in 2008). I attended the FMJD General Assembly meeting in Amsterdam in May, and found things to be on track for a 2012 World Mind Sports Games, most likely in England.

Last week we had the ACF National Tournament. The ACF had a new one-day “blitz” tournament, won by Ron King. Perhaps 5-minute games is not the fastest blitz option, but we felt it was a conservative way to introduce this new format. The main GAYP National Tournament yielded many interesting games and a strong field of Masters, despite the lower turnout. The Top 5 finishers, in order, included two current World champions (King & Moiseyev) and three world title Challengers (Francis, Beckwith, Morrison). A surprise late addition to the tournament, Alex Moiseyev came to shore up his GAYP play in preparation for the upcoming three-move match (likely to yield some GAYP openings). I was very honored (and surprised) to be the National Tournament honoree this year. It was very satisfying to see my name atop of the two-ply scoresheets. Geoff Yaw of ThinkMedia Studios (and King Me movie fame) visited one day to collect some additional interview footage with Ron King. They continue to tweak the movie. It was also nice to see Michael Holmes’ family who visited for the week to support our new youth champ, Alex Holmes, who finished in the middle of the Majors group. “Rookie” Joe Moore went 2 for 2 in 2011 with his impressive Majors Divison victory just weeks after his District 3/PA state win. It is acknowledged that no monetary bids were received for this year’s National Tournament, and the prize fund (and last-minute Medina bid) reflected this. Please start thinking about bids for 2012, which can be submitted to Alan Millhone by December 31, 2011.

Hugh Devlin has successfully organized a ladies World Title match between ladies champ, Amangul Berdiyeva (now married), and 2010 WQT champ Hurmagul Toyeva. The match is playing in Turkmenistan this week, as of this writing.

I have spent much time in 2011 organizing the 3-move world title match between Alex Moiseyev and Michele Borghetti of Italy. Five other Italians will accompany Michele during the August 13-23 match (40 games). Unlike recent world title matches that yielded minimal media attention, we will play at higher profile places at Cleveland Agora Theater and Cleveland Public Library. John Acker did an excellent job covering the USA National with Live Stream and will be on hand for the world title match as well. (Contributions to John’s travel expenses and the match prize fund are still very much needed.) Alan Millhone will kindly lend his services as referee for the second consecutive year.

Even after this world title match, there are many more checker games to be played in 2011, including the 2011 World GAYP Qualifier in San Remo Italy, where I plan to attend in October.

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