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1970

JAN.  DEATH OF DR. ALBERT DUBRUFF, OF PHILADELPHIA, PA. ONE OF THE GREATEST PATRONS TO PENNSYLVANIA CHECKERS.

1/26   DEATH OF DAVID COHEN, 89, OF MIAMI BEACH, FL. A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN PATRON OF THE GAME, HE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BROOKLYN CHECKER CLUB IN NEW YORK. 

1/31-2/1   SOUTH TEXAS TOURNAMENT at SAN ANTONIO.

HARRY SEMPLE WINS TOURNAMENT.

2/7-8   12 GAME STAKE MATCH 11-MAN BALLOT.

ROBERT MARTIN VS. ELBERT LOWDER.

3-3-6 DRAWS at ST. PETERSBURG, FL. US.

2/7-8  ST. PAUL (MINNESOTA) WINTER CARNIVAL OPEN TOURNAMENT.

JACK MOURNING WINS TOURNAMENT.

2/9-13   18th FLORIDA OPEN at ST. PETERSBURG, FL.

ROBERT MARTIN WINS TOURNEY. EARL INGRAM WINS STATE TITLE. A RECORD 69 ENTRANTS FROM 22 STATES AND CANADA.

2/14    FIRST ISSUE OF ECB LADDER LETTER, EDITED BY DICK PARSONS.

2/28  NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA TOURNAMENT at BROOKS CORNER.

DR. E. L. FOUNTAIN WINS TOURNAMENT.

3/7-8  ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PEORIA.

PAUL TSCHAPPAT WINS TITLE. WAYNE HUBER WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.

3/14-15  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH. "THE LEONARD HALL MEMORIAL".

GERRY LOPEZ WINS TOURNAMENT. DOYLE SAUCIER WINS FREESTYLE TOURNAMENT.

3/21-23  TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at FT. WORTH.

ED KING WINS TITLE. G. C. BAILEY AND C.H. JORDAN TIE FOR CLASS B TOURNAMENT.  

SPRING???  SURREY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP.

W. "BILL" SCHOLLICK VS. JIM O'DEA 3-1-1 DRAW IN FINAL.

SCHOLLICK WINS TITLE.

SPRING???  WARWICKHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

ARTHUR F. BUTCHER BEATS STAN AGER TO WIN THE TITLE.

SPRING???  NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY JOHN ANDERSON.

APRIL  JIMMY RICCA WINS SOLVERS AWARD FOR THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM CONTEST, "THE JOHN SCOTT MEMORIAL", HOSTED BY THE AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION, AND CONDUCTED BY BILL SALOT. 

APRIL  THE AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION ANNOUNCES A TRIAL SYSTEM OF "MASTER POINTS"  AWARDED TO THE TOP PLAYERS IN ACF SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS.

4/4   DEATH OF DR. L.A. STEFFANS ,74, OF RED WING, MINNESOTA. HE WAS AN AVID MAIL PLAYER AND CONTRIBUTED TO MANY PERIODICALS FOR MANY YEARS.

4/18-19  OKLAHOMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TULSA.

BOB HINER RETAINS TITLE.

5/2  NEW MEXICO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ALBUQUERQUE.

JOHN CALDWELL WINS TITLE.

5/11-16   NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DUNEDIN.

J. DOWIE WINS TITLE. GORDAN PEACH WINS "HANDICAP" TOURNAMENT.

5/23-24   SOUTH DAKOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WATERTOWN.

FRED FIEBELKORN RETAINS TITLE.

6/6-7   ACF DISTRICT 8 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PAULS VALLEY, OK.

LARRY KEEN WINS TOURNAMENT. DR. H.L. CRAVENS WINS DISTRICT 8 TITLE. CHESTER JORDAN WINS MINOR TOURNAMENT 

6/6-7   NORTH DAKOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at NEW ROCKFORD.

HARRIMAN NEAL RETAINS TITLE.

6/13  DEATH OF A. J.  "ABE" MANTELL, USA, AGED 72 (BORN 6 FEB 1898). KNOWN CHIEFLY AS AN ANALYST AND PROBLEMIST.

7/4-  NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at ASHEVILLE.

ELBERT LOWDER RETAINS TITLE.

7/4-5  NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN at ROSEVILLE.

SAM RUSSELL WINS TOURNAMENT.

7/4-5  LYON COUNTY (MINNESOTA) OPEN TOURNAMENT.

ED EBERT WINS TOURNAMENT. 

7/14-18  19th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at BALLYMENA, NORTHERN IRELAND.   

IVOR EDWARDS WINS TITLE. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY THAT THE EVENT TOOK PLACE IN IRELAND.

7/27-31  SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at MEMPHIS, TN.

AFTER  A TWELVE YEAR ABSENCE FROM ACTIVE CROSSBOARD COMPETITION, MARION TINSLEY RETURNS AND DOMINATES THIS TOURNAMENT. A.A. McDOUGALL WINS MAJOR DIVISION.

8/3-7  58TH LAKESIDE TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

DON LAFFERTY WINS TOURNAMENT. ARTHUR GLATSTEIN WINS MAJOR DIVISION. WALTER MICHAELIS WINS MINOR DIVISION.

8/3-7   30 GAME PURSE MATCH.

GEORGE PARKER VS. ANTHONY BISHOP 8-3-8 DRAWS (BISHOP CONCEDED ON THE REST OF THE GAMES) at LAKESIDE,OHIO.  PLAYED DURING THE LAKESIDE TOURNAMENT.

8/24-30  27th US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at HOUSTON, TX.  75 PARTICIPANTS.

MARION TINSLEY WINS TITLE OF AMERICAN CHAMPION, AND IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCES THAT HE PLANS TO CHALLENGE WALTER HELLMAN FOR THE WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPIONSHIP.

M.L. HORTON WINS MAJOR DIVISION. W.E. LAWLESS WINS MINOR DIVISION. AT THIS TOURNEY, ACF TREASURER LEE MUNGER  RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE.

9/4-5   ILLINOIS 101 COUNTIES TOURNAMENT at DECATUR.

RICHARD FORTMAN WINS TOURNAMENT. RICHARD GOOD WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.

9/5-7   CALIFORNIA STATE OPEN at LONG BEACH.

ED MARKUSIC WINS TOURNAMENT.

9/5-7  KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at LIBERTY.

DR. RAYMOND FIELDS WINS TITLE.

9/5-7  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at ALLIANCE.

LOUIS COWIE AND MARVIN REX DECLARED CO-CHAMPIONS.

ALAN MILLHONE WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT. FRANK McMANAMON WINS CLASS C TOURNEY

9/5-7 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at COLLEGE STATION.

TONY KOZENSKI WINS TITLE.

9/5-7 AND 12  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE.

AL FLOWER WINS TITLE.

9/5-7   MICHIGAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.

KARL ALBRECHT WINS TITLE

9/6-7   MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ST. PAUL. THE "HARRY LOBER MEMORIAL".

JACK MOURNING RETAINS TITLE. HIS 16TH STATE TITLE.

9/7-  VIRGINIA  STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

LESTER A. BALDERSON WINS TITLE.

9/19   RELEASE OF RICHTER'S COMPILATIONS.

10/24-25   ACF DISTRICT 7 TOURNAMENT at WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA.

LLOYD MILLS WINS TITLE. 

11/21-22 SOUTHWESTERN OPEN TOURNAMENT at COLLEGE STATION, TX.

DR. H. L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNAMENT.

11/26-27   ACF DISTRICT 4 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA, GEORGIA.

GRADY TAYLOR WINS TITLE. J.D. BAILEY WINS MINOR TOURNAMENT.

12/24  DEATH OF EDGAR S. MOULD OF OSHAWA, CANADA. HE WAS EDITOR OF THE CHECKER COLUMN IN THE TORONTO STAR.

DATE??? CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

E. THOMPSON WINS TITLE.

JOHN CALDWELL WINS ACF INTER-DISTRICT MAIL PLAY OFFS, AND BECOMES AMERICAN CORRESPONDENCE (MAIL-PLAY) CHAMPION.

  

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1971

1/16-17   NORTHEAST TEXAS OPEN TOURNAMENT at GREENVILLE.
H.L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNAMENT.
1/30-31   SOUTH TEXAS TOURNAMENT at HOUSTON.
W.E. LAWLESS WINS TOURNAMENT. JERRY STAVINOHA WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.
2/6-7   ST. PAUL (MINNESOTA) OPEN/ WINTER CARNIVAL TOURNAMENT.
JACK MOURNING WINS TOURNEY. 
2/8-12  19TH FLORIDA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ST PETERSBURG.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNEY. CLEM CRAWFORD WINS STATE TITLE. LEE MUNGER WINS MAJOR DIVISION. C.P. HILL WINS MINOR DIVISION
2/13   NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA TOURNAMENT at REVILLO.
FRED FIEBELKORN WINS TOURNAMENT.
2/15-17   11-MAN BALLOT MATCH PURSE MATCH.
ROBERT MARTIN VS. ELBERT LOWDER 6-4-9 DRAWS at FOREST CITY, NC.
2/21-22  PUGET SOUND CHECKER TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE, WA.
A.A. McDOUGALL WINS TOURNEY.
2/24 DEATH OF HARRY RUFF, WISCONSIN, AGED 73  (BORN 6 FEB 1898). A PUBLISHER AND BOOK DEALER.
FEB.  IN THE ACF BULLETIN, MARION TINSLEY, CITING PERSONAL REASONS, WITHDRAWS HIS CHALLENGE TO WALTER HELLMAN FOR THE 3-MOVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
3/5-7  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at PARIS.
HUGH BURTON WINS TITLE.
3/6-7  66TH ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at DECATUR.
BOBBYMARTIN WINS TITLE. BILLY REED WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.
3/13-14  THE "LEONARD L. HALL MEMORIAL OPEN" at LONG BEACH, CA.
LEO LEVITT WINS TOURNAMENT.
3/27-28  WISCONSIN STATE TOURNAMENT at PORTAGE.
3/27   QUINTE OPEN at TRENTON, ONTARIO, CANADA.
ED THOMPSOM WINS TOURNAMENT AND THE COLLIVER CUP.
SPRING.  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at LONDON.
CORNWALL VS. YORKSHIRE 8-6-10 DRAWS.
CORNWALL WIN SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.
SPRING  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP at REDRUTH.
W. F. GLASSON WINS TITLE FOR THE 24TH TIME.
SPRING  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at ???
AL FLOWER WINS TITLE.
SPRING???  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.
ARTHUR F. BUTCHER BEATS BRIAN GOUGH TO RETAIN THE TITLE.
SPRING??? NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP at MOY.
M. WHITESIDE WINS TITLE.
4/3-5  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at BROWNWOOD.
DR H. L. CRAVENS WINS TITLE. BARNEY WILSON WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.
4/10   ONTARIO OPEN TOURNAMENT at KITCHENER.
ED BRUCH OF BUFFALO, NY, WINS TOURNAMENT AND THE DR. ANNIS CUP.
4/24   TEAM MATCH.
ACF DISTRICT 2 PLAYERS VS. CANADA  38-8-8 DRAWS at NIAGARA FALLS. MOST OF THE VICTORIOUS ACF D2 TEAM WERE FROM THE WESTERN NEW YORK AREA.
APR.   11 MAN BALLOT MATCH.
NEWELL BANKS VS. ROBERT MARTIN 3-3-18 DRAWS at DETROIT.
APR.   THE ACF BULLETIN PUBLISHES A QUESTIONABLE OBITUARY FOR RICHARD HALLETT, STATING THAT
"HE MAY (?) HAVE DIED IN 1960". HALLETT HAD DISAPPEARED FROM THE GAME AFTER THE 1950 US NATIONAL IN PAXTON, IL. HE WOULD RE-EMERGE AT THE FLORIDA OPEN IN 1978. 
5/2   1ST CALIFORNIA GAYP TOURNAMENT at BAKERSFIELD.
SAM SCHONBACH WINS TITLE. LAMARR MORRISEY WINS MINOR TOURNEY.
5/8   MISSISSIPPI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at HATTIESBURG.
SAM MURCHISON WINS TITLE.
5/10-14   NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WANGANUI.
GORDON PEACH WINS TITLE. GEORGE HADLEE WINS HANDICAP TOURNAMENT.
THIS WAS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE NZ DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION IN WANGANUI IN 1896. 
5/15  NEW MEXICIO STATE TOURNAMENT at ALBUQUERQUE.
JOHN CALDWELL WINS TITLE.
5/29-30  LOUISIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at BATON ROUGE.
DR H. L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNEY.
ALBERT TUCKER BECOMES LOUISIANA STATE CHAMPION AS HIGHEST-FINISHING RESIDENT.
5/31-6/4  ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at BOURNEMOUTH. ALF G. HUGGINS & FRED BUCKLOW CO-CHAMPIONS.
6/5  DEATH OF EARL ARNOLD, ST LOUIS, MO., AGED 63 (BORN 29 JUNE 1907). HE WAS MANY TIMES WINNER OF THE ST. LOUIS CITY CHAMPIONSHIP.
6/12-13   ACF DISTRICT 8 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PAULS VALLEY, OK.
BOB HINER WINS TITLE. DOYLE BROWNLEE WINS MINOR DIVISION.
6/5-6  NORTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at BISMARK.
HARRIMAN NEAL WINS TITLE FOR THE 3RD TIME IN A ROW.
7/3-4   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ROSEVILLE.
RAY WALKER WINS TOURNAMENT.
7/5-7  NORTH CAROLINA OPEN TOURNAMENT at FOREST CITY.
ELBERT LOWDER RETAINS TITLE. PAUL JACKSON WINS MINOR DIVISION.
7/19-23  SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at ABERDEEN.
JOHN McGILL  WINS TITLE.
7/26-30  SOUTHERN TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA, GA.
DON LAFFERTY WINS TOURNEY. J.R. GUTHRIE WINS MAJOR DIVISION.
AUG.   THE ACF BULLETIN ANNOUNCES THAT CLARENCE HUMPHREY HAS BEEN APPOINTED THE ACF NATIONAL YOUTH DIRECTOR.
8/1  SOUTH DAKOTA JUNIOR TOURNAMENT at WATERTOWN.
JAMES WOLD, SON OF FORMER STATE CHAMPION KENNETH WOLD, WINS TITLE.
8/2-6  LAKESIDE TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.
WALTER HELLMAN (WORLD CHAMPION) WINS TOURNEY. LAWRENCE REED WINS MAJOR DIVISION. WILLIAM STONER WINS MINOR DIVISION.
8/22   MINNESOTA JUNIOR TOURNAMENT at BRAINERD.
DALE BRATON WINS TITLE OVER A FIELD OF THIRTY PLAYERS.
8/28-29   ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP.
DENNIS BEADELL VS. W. J. "LIAM" STEPHENS 2-0-4 DRAWS IN FINAL.
BEADELL WINS TITLE AND THE ALEXANDER SHIELD.
9/4-6  62ND MICHIGAN STATE TOURNAMENT at LINCOLN PARK.
ED EBERT WINS TITLE.
9/4-6 CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) TOURNAMENT at FRESNO.
ED MARKUSIC WINS TITLE.
9/4-6 OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ALLIANCE.
LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE. TERRY MAZZOCCO WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT
9/4-6  PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at UNIVERSITY PARK.
ANTHONY KOZENSKI WINS TITLE. CHARLES HENKEN WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.
9/4-6  HOUSTON OPEN TOURNAMENT.
H.L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNAMENT. C.W. KING WINS CLASS B TOURNEY. 
9/5-6  ILLINOIS 101 COUNTIES TOURNAMENT at DECATUR.
PAUL BROWNING WINS TOURNAMENT. LEO WOODBURN WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.
9/5-6  MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at ST PAUL.
JACK MOURNING RETAINS TITLE - HIS 17TH WIN.
9/25-26  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at WINNER.
FRED FIEBELKORN WINS TITLE. HIS 11TH STATE TITLE.
10/22-24   ACF DISTRICT 7 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at OSKALOOSA, IA.
LLOYD MILLS WINS TITLE.
10/23-24   ACF DISTRICT 9 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE, WA.
AL FLOWER WINS TITLE.
10/30   TEAM MATCH.
IN A RE-MATCH FROM EARLIER IN THE YEAR, A TEAM FROM WESTERN NEW YORK AGAIN DEFEATED A TEAM FROM CANADA BY THE SCORE OF 15-10-11 DRAWS, IN HAMILTON, ONT. ED BRUCH AND JOHN HERBERGER WERE THE TOP SCORERS.
11/13  DEATH OF HORACE W. CAVILL, YORKSHIRE. AN EDA OFFICIAL SINCE 1927.
11/20-21  SOUTHWESTERN OPEN TOURNAMENT at COLLEGE STATION, TX.
DR H. L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNEY.
11/25-28  ACF DISTRICT 4 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at GREENSBORO, NC.
ED SCHEIDT WINS TITLE. ANTHONY BISHOP WINS MINOR TOURNAMENT. 
11/26-28  MEMPHIS OPEN TOURNAMENT.
HUGH BURTON WINS TOURNEY.
DATE??? LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.
LEN CHANDLER WINS TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
DATE??? CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???
E. THOMPSON WINS TITLE.
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1972

JAN. 1ST ISSUE WORLD CHECKER MAGAZINE LOUIS GIROUX.

1/29  DEATH OF PROF. WILLIAM R. FRASER, ONE OF CANADA'S GREATEST PLAYERS. BORN IN NOVA SCOTIA IN 1908, HE WAS ALSO A WRITER, HAVING AUTHORED SEVERAL PHILOSOPHICAL NOVELS, AS HE WAS A PROFESSOR OF PHILOSPHY AT SIR GEORGE WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY IN MONTREAL. HE TWICE CHALLENGED TOM WISWELL FOR THE FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, LOSING BOTH MATCHES. SEE THE JAMES MITCHELL ELLIS COLLECTION FOR MORE INFO AND PHOTOS OF THESE MATCHES.

1/29-30  SOUTH TEXAS TOURNAMENT at HOUSTON.

HARRY SAMPLE WINS TOURNAMENT.

2/14-18  20TH FLORIDA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ST. PETERSBURG.

WALTER HELLMAN WINS TOURNAMENT.  MILTON LOEW WINS STATE TITLE. J.L. BOLDEN WINS MAJOR DIVISION TOURNEY. CLARENCE STEIN WINS MINOR DIVISION.

FEB.  MINNESOTA STATE CARNIVAL TOURNAMENT at ST. PAUL.

JACK MOURNING WINS TOURNAMENT.

3/11-12  TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at FT. WORTH.

H.L. CRAVENS WINS TITLE.

3/11-12  ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PEKIN.

BOBBY MARTIN WINS TITLE. BILL LEATHERWOOD WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

3/16  BARNESVILLE (MINNESOTA) YOUTH TOURNAMENT.

DALE BRATON WINS TOURNEY. TERRY LABISH WINS "MIDGET" TOURNEY.

3/18-19  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH.

LEO LEVITT WINS TOURNEY. HARVEY CUNDIFF WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

SPRING??? LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.

TOM A. LANDRY VS DANNY SHIELDS 2-1-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

LANDRY WINS TITLE.

SPRING ??? WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

HAROLD PRITCHARD BEATS ARTHUR BUTCHER TO WIN THE TITLE.

APR.   BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at LONDON.

YORKSHIRE VS CORNWALL 7-1-16 DRAWS IN FINAL.

YORKSHIRE WIN TITLE AND THE SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.

4/5  DEATH OF GEORGE BASS,OF EATON, COLORADO, AGE 94. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN MAIL PLAYER FOR MANY YEARS, CONTRIBUTING TO ALL OF THE PERIODICALS OF THE DAY. 

4/8-9  PAULS VALLEY (OKLAHOMA) OPEN TOURNEMANT.

W.E. LAWLESS WINS TOURNEY.

5/6  TEAM MATCH.

NEW YORK STATE VS. ONTARIO 34-6-6 DRAWS at ???

HAROLD AXFORD, JOHN HERBERGER AND LEON CREEK HAD PERFECT SCORES FOR THE NEW YORK TEAM.

5/10-18   AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   11-MAN BALLOT.

KEN GROVER VS. ROBERT MARTIN  5-5-22 DRAWS  at SEATTLE, WA. THE MATCH IS SCHEDULED FOR ANOTHER TEN GAMES TO BE PLAYED IN THE COMING OCTOBER, IN ORDER TO DETERMINE A CLEAR CUT WINNER. HOWEVER, THE GAMES WOULD NEVER BE PLAYED, AND KEN GROVER WOULD BE DECLARED THE CHAMPION BY THE ACF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

5/27-29   CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at SAN JOSE.

ED MARKUSIC WINS TOURNAMENT.

5/27  LOUISIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at SHREVEPORT.

CLEM CRAWFORD WINS TOURNAMENT. HARVEY SHAFFER WINS STATE TITLE. ALLEN BROWN, AGE 13, IS RECOGNIZED AS LOUISIANA JUNIOR TITLIST.

5/29   MICHIGAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.

KARL ALBRECHT WINS TITLE.

5/29-6/2  20th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at PWLLHELI, WALES. 

GRAHAM DAVIES WINS TITLE. 

6/3-4 NORTH DAKOTA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at MINOT.

JOHN MEYER WINS TITLE. DAN NEAL WINS JUNIOR TITLE.

6/18   DEATH OF SAMUEL COHEN OF LONDON, ENGLAND. HE WAS THE LAST SURVIVING BRITISH PLAYER FROM THE 1927 INTERNATIONAL MATCH. HE WAS FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF THE STRONGEST CROSSBOARD PLAYERS IN GREAT BRITAIN, AND HAD CLAIMED THE TWO-MOVE RESTRICTION WORLD TITLE, ALTHOUGH THIS CLAIM WAS DISPUTED. 

7/1-2   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ROSEVILLE.

ED STEVE WINS TOURNAMENT.

7/1-3   KENTUCKY OPEN TOURNAMENT at ELIZABETHTOWN.

TOM GOFF WINS STATE TITLE. ELMER WILSON WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.

7/3-5   NORTH CAROLINA OPEN TOURNAMENT at  GREENSBORO.

ELBERT LOWDER WINS TITLE. WALTER MICHAELIS WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

7/31-8/4   SOUTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at ASHEVILLE, NC.

WALTER HELLMAN WINS TOURNAMENT. TOM GABBARD WINS MAJOR DIVISION. GEORGE PARKER WINS MINOR DIVISION.

SUMMER  61st NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TIMARU.

J. DOWIE WINS TITLE. A LATER PUBLICATION WOULD LIST J. DOWIE AND VAN NIEUWKERK AS CO-CHAMPIONS. R.DIXON WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

SUMMER   OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT.

ED BRUCH WINS TOURNAMENT. E. BRESER WINS CLASS B TOURNEY. G. FAWCETT WINS CLASS C TOURNEY. 

8/7-11  NORTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

WALTER HELLMAN WINS TOURNEY. B.W. COLE WINS MAJOR DIVISION. GEORGE PARKER WINS MINOR DIVISION. SELECT MASTER DIVISION GAMES PUBLISHED IN KEYSTONE CHECKER REVIEW , JAN. 1990. 

AUG.  ERNEST CHURCHILL RESIGNS AS AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION BULLETIN GAMES EDITOR.

AUG???  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

JIM THOMPSON VS. BRUCE MORRISON 3-3-14 DRAWS at ???

THIS MATCH WAS SCHEDULED TO DETERMINE A SUCCESSOR TO PROF. W.R. FRASER, WHO PASSED AWAY AS CHAMPION EARLIER IN THE YEAR. THE RESULT LEFT THE TITLEHOLDER UNDECIDED. 

8/10   MINNESOTA STATE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BRAINERD.

DALE BRATON WINS TITLE. TERRY LABISH WINS MIDGET DIVISION.

8/28-9/2   28TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE)  at MEMPHIS, TN.

CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION WALTER HELLMAN WINS TITLE OF AMERICAN CHAMPION. FINAL WIN IN HELLMAN’S "GRAND SLAM", WHICH INCLUDED THE FOUR MAJOR AMERICAN TOURNAMENTS; THE FLORIDA OPEN, THE SOUTHERN STATES, THE NORTHERN STATES AND THIS U.S. NATIONAL. ROBERT BUTLER WINS MAJOR DIVISION. GEORGE PARKER WINS MINOR DIVISION AND U.S. JUNIOR TITLE.

9/3-4  MINNESOTA STATE  CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ST. PAUL.

JACK MOURNING RETAINS TITLE. 

9/4   OHIO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ALLIANCE.

LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE. HAROLD SMITH AND CHARLES LAKES TIE FOR FIRST IN MAJOR DIVISION.

9/4  CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at HAMILTON, ONTARIO.

EARL MORRISON WINS TITLE.

9/4-5   OLD DOMINION STATE CHECKER TOURNAMENT at HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA.

WAYNE MILHADO WINS VIRGINIA STATE TITLE.

9/4   PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at STATE COLLEGE.

IRVIN ALTMAN WINS TITLE. EDWIN STRAYER WINS CLASS B TOURNEY. THE TOURNAMENT USED THE 11-MAN BALLOT RESTRICTION.

9/4   INDIANA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BLOOMINGTON.

KENNETH COURTRIGHT WINS TITLE.

9/16-17  ILLINOIS 101 COUNTIES TOURNAMENT at DECATUR.

BILL LEATHERWOOD WINS TOURNAMENT. LEE BOOZER WINS MINOR DIVISION.

9/25-28  30 GAME STAKE MATCH.

DEREK OLDBURY VS. GRAHAM DAVIES 9-0-13 DRAWS at ENGLAND.

9/30-10/1   HOUSTON OPEN TOURNAMENT.

JERRY STAVINOHA AND F.C. COVEY ARE CO-WINNERS.

9/30-10/1   SOUTH DAKOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WATERTOWN.

KENNETH WOLD WINS TITLE.

10/11  DEATH OF BENJAMIN W. COLE, AGE 46, OF SNELLVILE, GEORGIA. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN CROSSBOARD PLAYER, AND WAS SEVERAL TIMES GEORGIA STATE CHAMPION.

10/13-15   ACF DISTRICT 7 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at OSKALOOSA, IA.

VERNON DOWSEY WINS TITLE.

10/21-22   ACF DISTRICT 9 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PASO ROBLES, CA.

RAY DYER WINS TITLE.

10/21-22   ACF DISTRICT 2/NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP OPEN TOURNAMENT at NIAGARA FALLS, NY.

HAROLD FREYER WINS BOTH TITLES.

10/28-29   ACF DISTRICT 10 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT/SOUTHWEST OPEN at COLLEGE STATION, TX.

ED KING WINS TITLE.

NOV.  DEATH OF WALTER MICHAELIS, AGE 76, OF NEW YORK CITY. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN CROSSBOARD PLAYER AND PROMOTER.

11/11  SOUTH DAKOTA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNMENT at MILBANK.

JAMES WOLD WINS TITLE. CHARLES BUTTKE WINS MIDGET TOURNEY.

11/24-26   ACF DISTRICT 4 CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA, GA.

E.T. ROLADER WINS TITLE. J.C. BREEDLOVE WINS MINOR TOURNAMENT.

 
 
"It has been said that science is based upon the denial of chance, and the search for adequate reasons. Perhaps this is over-simplification, but we like to think the game of checkers, on its highest level, meets these terms."
RICHARD FORTMAN
 
 

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1973

1/27-28   SOUTH TEXAS TOURNAMENT at HOUSTON.

F.C. COVEY WINS TOURNAMENT.

2/3-4   WINTER CARNIVAL TOURNAMENT at ST. PAUL, MN.

JACK MOURNING WINS TOURNAMENT.

2/11  DEATH OF GUY GARWOOD, AGE 83, OF EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN CROSSBOARD PLAYER, HAVING BEEN OHIO STATE CHAMPION MANY TIMES. HIS GREATEST VICTORY WAS THE 1924 CEDAR POINT TOURNEY. 

2/17-19  PUGET SOUND OPEN TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE, WA.

JOE WILSON WINS TOURNAMENT.

MAR.  DEATH OF R.E. GLOVER, AGE 89, OF WELLSVILLE, OHIO. A VERY POPULAR AMERICAN CHECKERIST, HE WAS ACTIVE IN THE GAME FOR OVER 75 YEARS.

3/2-4  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at COOKEVILLE.

HUGH BURTON WINS TITLE.

3/3   NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA TOURNAMENT at WILMOT.

JIM BUSH WINS TOURNAMENT.

3/10-11   ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PEKIN.

CLAYTON BEEBE WINS TITLE. CARL LIND WINS CLASS B TOURNAMENT.

3/17-18 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH.

LEO LEVITT WINS TOURNAMENT. MIKE ZIERHUT WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

3/23-24   MISSOURI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at COLUMBIA.

STEPHEN GRAY WINS TITLE. FRANK PLUMB WINS CLASS B TOURNEY. AT THE BUSINESS MEETING THE GROUP FORMALLY ORGANIZED AS THE MISSOURI CHECKER ASSOCIATION AND AFFILIATED WITH THE ACF.

3/21   NORTHERN SOUTH DAKOTA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ABERDEEN.

JOHN MEYER WINS TOURNEY. 

3/24-25   TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at COLLEGE STATION.

DR. H.L. CRAVENS RETINS TITLE.

SPRING  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY HARRY ROWE.

SPRING  CORNISH MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

E. DEETMAN VS. BRIAN BAWDEN (HOLDER)  5-0-3 DRAWS.

DEETMAN WINS TITLE.

SPRING???  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY ARTHUR F. BUTCHER.

SPRING??? ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

J. LYONS OF LONDON BEATS C. T. MAHON TO WIN THE TITLE AND THE ALEXANDER SHIELD.

SPRING  ABERDEEN CHAMPIONSHIP, SCOTLAND.

JIM GRANT DEFEATS J. BUDGE IN FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE.

4/4   DEATH OF ROY HUNT, 69, OF BERWYN, ILLINOIS FROM STOMACH CANCER. HE WAS AN EXCELLENT ANALYST AND CROSSBOARD PLAYER, AND HAD WON A GAME FROM MARION TINSLEY.

4/7-8  LOUISIANA STATE OPEN TOURNAMENT at LAFAYETTE.

CLEM CRAWFORD WINS TOURNAMENT. HARVEY SHAFFER WINS STATE TITLE. ALLEN BROWN RETAINS JUNIOR TITLE.  

4/12   DEATH OF MILTON JOHNSON, AGE 64, OF SARASOTA, FLORIDA.  HE PASSED AWAY AS THE RESULT OF A HEART ATTACK. A WELL KNOWN CROSSBOARD PLAYER IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS, HE LATER BECAME KNOWN AS AN ENDGAME ANALYST AND PROBLEMIST OF INTERNATIONAL FAME.

4/14  CALIFORNIA JUNIOR TOURNAMENT at EAST PASADENA.

JEFF HOUSER WINS CADET DIVISION. RANDY HOUSER WINS JUNIOR DIVISION. SCOTT COLBY WINS SENIOR DIVISION.

4/16-20  FLORIDA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ST. PETERSBURG.

ED SCHEIDT WINS TOURNAMENT. CLEMENT CRAWFORD WINS STATE TITLE. LES BALDERSON WINS MAJOR DIVISION. ARTHUR JOURET WINS MINOR DIVISION.

4/22  ONTARIO OPEN TOURNAMENT IN LONDON.

ED BRUCH WINS TOURNAMENT. LORNE McLELLAND WINS CLASS A TOURNEY.

4/28  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE VS. YORKSHIRE 5-5-10 DRAWS IN FINAL.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WINS TITLE  AND SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP BY BOTTOM BOARD ELIMINATION.

4/28-29  IOWA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at NEWTON.

EDWARD BARTLES WINS TITLE. AT THIS TOURNEY, OFFICERS WERE ELECTED FOR THE NEWLY FORMED IOWA CHECKER ASSOCIATION, WHICH IS AFFILIATED WITH THE ACF.

4/2-3 JUNIOR CHECKER TOURNAMENT at BARNESVILLE, MN.

DALE BRATON RETAINS TITLE. DAVID LAMB WINS MIDGET DIVISION.

MAY NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WELLINGTON.

R. NOONAN WINS TITLE.

5/12   JAMESTOWN (NORTH DAKOTA) OPEN TOURNAMENT.

GUY MUIR WINS TOURNEY.

5/26-28   CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH.

LEO LEVITT WINS TITLE. MIKE ZIERHUT WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

5/28-6/1  ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at LISKEARD, CORNWALL.

ALF HUGGINS WINS TITLE. 

5/28   ACF DISTRICT 6 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BENTON, ILLINOIS.

DON LAFFERTY WINS TOURNMENT. BILL LEATHERWOOD WINS DISTRICT TITLE. JIM GUTHRIE WINS MAJOR DIVISION.

5/29   DEATH OF JEFF CLAYTON, OF OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA. A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN CROSSBOARD PLAYER, HE WAS A FORMER OKLAHOMA STATE CHAMPION. HE WAS ALSO KNOWN AS AN EXCELLENT ANALYST.

6/2-3  NORTH DAKOTA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at MINOT.

NEAL HARRIMAN WINS TITLE.

6/2-3   PAULS VALLEY (OKLAHOMA) OPEN TOURNAMENT.

DR. H.L. CRAVENS WINS TOURNAMENT.

6/18  DEATH OF JIM KEMP, AGED 63. HE WAS ORKNEY CHAMPION FOR MANY YEARS.

6/23   MISSISSIPPI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at JACKSON.
CHARLES WALKER WINS TITLE.
6/30-7/1   NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ROSEVILLE.
AL PADRON WINS TOURNAMENT.
6/30-7/2   KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ELIZABETHTOWN.
DON LAFFERTY WINS TITLE. JAMES MORRISON WINS MINOR TOURNEY. THESE TWO WOULD LATER BEGIN A GREAT RIVALRY, WHICH INCLUDED A DRAWN FREESTYLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
7/4-6   NORTH CAROLINA OPEN TOURNAMENT at KANNAPOLIS.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNAMENT. ASHLEY REID WINS MINOR TOURNEY.
7/7   MINOT (NORTH DAKOTA) OPEN TOURNAMENT.
JACK PACKARD WINS TOURNAMENT.
7/9-11  GEORGIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at MARIETTA.
GRADY TRAYLOR WINS TITLE.
7/16-20  SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DUMFRIES.
BILL EDWARDS WINS TITLE.
BELOW,BILL EDWARDS RECEIVING CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY.
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7/28-29   "DAN PATCH TOURNAMENT" at SAVAGE, MN.

JACK MOURNING WINS TOURNAMENT.

7/30-8/3  SOUTHERN STATES OPEN TOURNAMENT at WARNER ROBINS, GA.

ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNAMENT. HAL CUNNINGHAM WINS MAJOR DIVISION. FRANK RAMSEY WINS THE MINOR DIVISION IN HIS FIRST EVER TOURNEY.

8/4-6   CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

J.F. THOMPSON VS. EARL MORRISON 6-3-8 DRAWS at TORONTO.

THOMPSON RETAINS TITLE.

8/6-10   LAKESIDE OPEN TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

DON LAFFERTY WINS TOURNAMENT. WILLIAM HANNIGAN WINS MAJOR DIVISION. PAUL HOWDEN WINS MINOR DIVISION. 

8/13   DEATH OF NATHAN MATUS, AGE 78, OF MIAMI BEACH FLORIDA, FROM DIABETES. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN PATRON OF THE GAME IN AMERICA FOR MANY YEARS.
8/23   MINNESOTA JUNIOR TOURNAMENT at BRAINERD.
DALE BRATON RETAINS TITLE. JERRY McGLOUGHIN WINS MIDGET DIVISION.
8/20-24  3RD INTERNATIONAL MATCH.
UNITED STATES VS. GREAT BRITAIN 79-21-100 DRAWS at BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND.
TOM LANDRY ORGANISED AND FINANCED THE EVENT AT GREAT COST TO HIMSELF. THE PREVIOUS MATCH TOOK PLACE IN 1927.
BELOW, A PHOTO FROM THE 3RD US/GB INTERNATIONAL MATCH.
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8/25  OKLAHOMA "STATE-SECTION" TOURNAMENT at OKLAHOMA CITY.
BOB HINER WINS TOURNAMENT.
9/1-2  WASHINGTON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE.
KENNETH GROVER WINS TITLE.
9/1-3   HOUSTON (TEXAS) OPEN TOURNAMENT.
JOHN CLADWELL WINS TOURNAMENT. D.H. BARTLETT WINS MINOR TOURNEY.
9/3   OLD DOMINION CHECKER ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT at CHESTER, VA.
WILLIE KING WINS VIRGINIA STATE TITLE.
9/3 DEATH OF ROBERT JAMES "RJ" SMITH, BUCKFASTLEIGH, ENGLAND, AGED 84. A WELL-KNOWN COLUMNIST AND ANALYST, HE ALSO FORMED A POSTAL LEAGUE WHICH WAS LATER DEVELOPED BY THE EDA.
9/3   INDIANA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BLOOMINGTON.
GREGORY O'CONNER WINS TITLE.
9/3   PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???
ANTHONY KOZENSKI WINS TITLE. WILLIAM STONER WINS MINOR TOURNEY. 
9/3   MICHIGAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.
BYRON LEWIS WINS TITLE.
9/29  AT THE ENGLISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION AGM at LEEDS THE HUFF WAS ABOLISHED.
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1974

1/18  DEATH OF MILTON LOEW.

4/13, 15-16  NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at BALLYMENA.

R.D. LYNN WINS TITLE.

3/14 DEATH OF HAROLD W. ELKINGTON, AGED 88. A POULAR FIGURE, WELL-KNOWN TO PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE BRITISH ISLES OWING TO HIS MANY  TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. FOUNDER OF THE WARWICKSHIRE DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION AND AN EXCELLENT ORGANISER.

SPRING?  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS RETAINED BY ARTHUR F. BUTCHER.

SPRING.  WORLD MAIL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

ALF HUGGINS OF GREAT BRITAIN VS RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN OF AUSTRALIA  0-0-24 DRAWS.

HUGGINS RETAINS TITLE.

SPRING.  DEVON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP.

JOHN NAPIER BEATS DENNIS BEADELL IN FINAL TO RETAIN TITLE - HIS 5TH WIN.

SPRING?  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.

LEN CHANDLER WINS TITLE FOR THE 2ND TIME.

4/13-15  SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PORT ELIZABETH.

MONDE MPULAMPULA WINS TITLE.

4/27  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at LONDON.

MIDDLESEX VS GLOUCESTERSHIRE  10-2-4 DRAWS.

MIDDLESEX WIN TITLE AND SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.

5/1 DEATH OF SAUL CASS, LONDON. A WELL KNOWN PROBLEMIST.

5/23  DEATH OF BRIAN GOUGH, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND. HE WAS ONE OF 5 MEMBERS OF THE WARWICKSHIRE DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION WHO DIED IN 1974.

5/-   64TH NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at GREYMOUTH.

GORDON PEACH WINS TITLE. 

SUMMER.  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONHIP TOURNAMENT.

W. F. "FRANK" GLASSON BEATS DESMOND RETALLICK TO WIN THE TITLE FOR THE 26TH TIME.

7/7  DEATH OF IVOR EDWARDS, GWENT, WALES, AGED 63. HE WAS BRITISH CHAMPION IN 1970.

7/8-12   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH  11 MAN BALLOT.

DEREK OLDBURY VS. KEN GROVER  6-2-9 DRAWS at PHILADELPHIA, PA.

OLDBURY WINS TITLE.

7/13  FIRST BRITISH LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

JOAN CAWS VS. SALLY JONES 2-2-0 DRAWS at BRISTOL. 

DRAWN MATCH.

8/1 DEATH OF HAROLD PRITCHARD. HE WAS WARWICKSHIRE CHAMPION ON 7 OCCASIONS.

7/13-20  29TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at PHILADELPHIA, PA. 

MARION TINSLEY WINS TITLE OF AMERICAN CHAMPION, AND CHALLENGES WALTER HELLMAN FOR THE WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

7/22-25   2ND US 11 MAN BALLOT  NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at PHILADELPHIA, PA.

ASA LONG, FORMER WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPION, WINS TOURNEY.

7/22-26   21st BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at DUNDEE. 

JOHN McGILL WINS TITLE.

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

ROBERT BURROUGHS WINS TOURNEY.

10/12  REMATCH FOR BRITISH LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP.

SALLY JONES VS. JOAN CAWS 2-0-1 DRAW at BRISTOL.

MRS S. JONES WINS TITLE.

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1975

FEB???   FLORIDA OPEN  at ???

MARION TINSLEY WINS TOURNEY. TINSLEY LOSES ONE GAME TO EVERETT FULLER, HIS FIRST LOSS SINCE HIS RETURN TO ACTIVE PLAY IN 1970.

2/14   DEATH OF EMIN ELAM, A GREAT AMERICAN PATRON OF THE GAME. HE PUBLISHED "ELAM'S CHECKER BOARD", CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE GREATEST CHECKERS PERIODICAL EVER PUBLISHED.

3/29,31 - 4/1  NORTHERN IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP at LISBURN, CO ANTRIM.

R. SILCOCK WINS TITLE.

SPRING ? WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

ARTHUR F. BUTCHER BEATS JACK QUINN TO RETAIN TITLE.

5/10  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at BIRMINGHAM.

YORKSHIRE VS AVON  6-3-7 DRAWS.

YORKHIRE WIN TITLE AND SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.

5/26-30   ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at BRISTOL.

JAMES MARSHALL WINS TITLE.

SUMMER?  NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP at PALMERSTON NORTH.

R. DIXON WINS TITLE.

SUMMER???  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.

TOM A. LANDRY VS LEN CHANDLER 3-2-7 DRAWS IN FINAL.

LANDRY WINS TITLE.

SUMMER.  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at CAMBORNE.

N. J. THOMAS AND W.C. OSBORNE ARE JOINT CHAMPIONS.

SUMMER.  ABERDEEN CHAMPIONSHIP, SCOTLAND.

JIM GRANT BEATS J. BUDGE IN FINAL TO WIN TITLE.

7/21-25   56TH SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at  DUMFRIES.

BILL EDWARDS WINS TITLE.

7/28   DEATH OF WALTER HELLMAN OF GARY, INDIANA, AGE 59, AT THE HOME OF HIS DAUGHTER IN PANAMA CITY, FL. 

  AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, HELLMAN HAD JUST RESIGNED AS THE WORLD CHAMPION, DUE TO HIS FAILING HEALTH. 

THIS HEALTH CONDITION CAUSED HIS INABILITY TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR A DEFENSE OF HIS TITLE AGAINST CHALLENGER MARION TINSLEY. 

  HELLMAN WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS TO EVER COMPETE, WINNING FIVE AMERICAN NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS, AND COMPETING IN NINE 3-MOVE WORLD

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES, WITH SIX MATCHES WON, 2 DRAWN, AND ONE MATCH LOST TO MARION TINSLEY .

  HE WAS ALSO KNOWN AS ONE OF THE GREATEST ANALYSTS ON THE THREE MOVE RESTRICTION. MOST EXPERT ANALYST/PLAYERS REGARD WALTER HELLMAN  AS ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME. 

8/8    DEATH OF JOHN HOWE, JR.

10/6   DEATH OF EDWARD EBERT.

11/8  ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at BRISTOL.

CHARLES HEWARD-MILLS VS JOE PHILPIN 3-1-2 DRAWS.

HEWARD-MILLS WINS TITLE AND THE ALEXANDER SHIELD.

DATE???  CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

E. BRUCH WINS TOURNEY.

DATE???  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP .

B. MORRISON VS. JACK JOHNSON 6-0-3 DRAWS  at ???

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1976

JAN???  DEATH OF H. O. KITCHENER, AGED 93. FOUNDER OF THE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION IN 1959.

4/17-22  WORLD MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP   FREESTYLE.

DEREK OLDBURY (ENGLAND) VS. LEO LEVITT (USA) 1-1-22 DRAWS at GLASGOW, KY. PREVIOUS CHAMPION TOM WISWELL HAD RELINQUISHED THE TITLE PROVIDED THAT IT WAS KEPT ALIVE. ALTHOUGH THE SCORE WAS DRAWN, OLDBURY WAS DECLARED CHAMPION, AS IT WAS CONTRACTED THAT THERE WOULD BE PLAYOFFS IF THE SCORE WAS TIED, BUT LEVITT HAD TO LEAVE FOR BUSINESS REASONS.

4/24  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at BASINGSTOKE.

MIDDLESEX VS. AVON 7-2-7 DRAWS.

MIDDLESEX WIN TITLE AND THE SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.

MAY   NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP at CHRISTCHURCH.

ALBERT HRSTICH WINS TITLE. 

5/31-6/6   22nd BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at MORECAMBE.

ALF HUGGINS WINS TITLE. 

SUMMER.  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP.

N.J. "NICK" THOMAS DEFEATS DESMOND RETALLICK IN FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE.

7/11-17   30th US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at SANFORD, NC.
DEREK OLDBURY WINS TOURNEY.THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE OTHER THAN AN AMERICAN WON A US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. 
9/18-19  ARIZONA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???
JACK GIBSON WINS TITLE.
11/10  DEATH OF JOHN JOSEPH O'CONNOR OF THE LONDON DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION (BORN 18 MAY 1905). A WONDERFUL ORGANISER WHO WAS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE DRAUGHTS WORLD. HE RAN MANY NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS.
11/20  INTERNATIONAL MATCH at BRISTOL.
WALES VS ENGLAND  5-4-11 DRAWS.
11/20  LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH at BRISTOL.
SALLY JONES (HOLDER)  VS A. DAVIES 2-2-0 DRAWS.
TWO GAMES TO BE PLAYED AT A LATER DATE.
 

CHECKER TOURNEY RULES
1. The Referee is always right.
2. If the Referee is wrong, use rule 1. !
CLAYTON BEEBE

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1977

WINTER.  THE WELSH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION WAS RE-FORMED.

JAN?   WORLD MAIL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP. MATCH STARTED IN AUTUMN 1975.

RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN OF AUSTRALIA DEFEATS MARVIN REX OF USA, RONALD ROMPH OF CANADA AND A. L. RILEY OF ENGLAND TO WIN THE TITLE, WHICH BECAME VACANT WHEN THE THE REIGNING CHAMPION, ALF HUGGINS OF GREAT BRITAIN, RETIRED UNDEFEATED.

FEB. DEATH OF BOBBY MELVILLE, AGED 81. AN OFFICIAL OF THE SCOTTISH DRAUGHTS ASOCIATION AND TOURNAMENT ORGANISER.

2/17   DEATH OF NEWELL W. BANKS, DETROIT, AGED 89. HE WAS ONE OF THE GAME'S GREATEST PLAYERS AND PROMOTORS, BEING ACTIVE FOR OVER 80 YEARS. HE GAVE COUNTLESS EXHIBITIONS OF SIMULTANEOUS AND BLINDFOLD PLAY AT BOTH DRAUGHTS AND CHESS.

3/4-6  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at KINGSPORT.

HUGH BURTON WINS TITLE.

3/5-6  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at TEMPLE.

DR H. L. CRAVENS JR WINS TITLE.

3/26-27  ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at MT VERNON.

RICHARD FORTMAN WINS TITLE.

3/26-27  MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at MANKATO.

JACK MOURNING RETAINS TITLE.

4/9  ONTARIO OPEN TOURNAMENT at OSHAWA.

ROBERT BURROUGHS WINS TOURNEY.

4/23-24  LOUISIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at SHREVEPORT.

ALBERT TUCKER WINS TOURNEY.

4/29  INTERNATIONAL MATCH.

IRELAND VS. WALES 16-9-31 DRAWS at NARBERTH, PEMBROKESHIRE.
THIS WAS THE FIRST EVER MATCH BETWEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.
SPRING?  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.
ARTHUR F. BUTCHER BEATS DENNIS NYLAND TO RETAIN THE TITLE.
SPRING???  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.
LEN CHANDLER WINS TITLE FOR THE 3RD TIME.
MAY.  NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at AUCKLAND.
ALBERT HRSTICH WINS TITLE.
5/21-22  63RD NORTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at MINOT.
BOB KENNEDY WINS TITLE.
5/20-21  OKLAHOMA STATE TOURNAMENT at OKLAHOMA CITY.
LUTHER STUBBLEFIELD AND E. H. GILL SHARE THE TITLE.
5/22-23  MISSISSIPPI OPEN TOURNAMENT at PETAL.
ALBERT TUCKER WINS TOURNEY.
CHARLES WALKER AS RUNNER-UP BECOMES STATE CHAMPION.
5/28  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL at BIRMINGHAM.
YORKSHIRE VS ESSEX  7-3-6 DRAWS.
YORKSHIRE WIN TITLE AND THE SUNDAY CITIZEN CUP.
6/4-5  INDIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at MARTINSVILLE.
BILL LEATHERHEAD WINS TOURNEY.
 
Below, a photo taken at the 1977 English Open.
F. BEDNALL , N. PROFFITT, L. BOYD, W. EDWARDS
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IMAGE DONATED BY L. EDWARDS
6/6-10   ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY.
TOM WATSON WINS TITLE. 
SUMMER.  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
FRANK GLASSON RETAINS TITLE, WINNING FOR THE 27TH TIME.
6/25-26  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at TALLASSEE.
H. L. FREEMAN WINS TITLE.
7/2-4 KENTUCKY OPEN TOURNAMENT at ELIZABETHTOWN.
DON LAFFERTY WINS TOURNEY AND RETAINS STATE TITLE.
7/4-6 NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at GREENSBORO.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TITLE.
7/18-22 SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at DUMFRIES.
JOHN McGill WINS TITLE.
7/25-29  SOUTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LONGVIEW, TX.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNEY.
8/1-5  LAKESIDE OPEN TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNEY.
9/3-4  GULF COAST OPEN TOURNAMENT at MOBILE, AL.
HUGH BURTON WINS TOURNEY.
9/3-4 WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at OLYMPIA.
KEN GROVER WINS TITLE.
9/3-5  PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at STATE COLLEGE.
ANTHONY KOZENSKI WINS TITLE.
9/3-5  MICHIGAN OPEN TOURNAMENT at DEARBORN.
DR LEWIS LAGER WINS TOURNEY.
RUSSELL HAYNER BECOMES STATE CHAMPION.
9/3-5  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at SALINAS.
KEN HANSON WINS TITLE.
9/5-7 OLD DOMINION (VIRGINIA) STATE TOURNAMENT at HARRISONBURG.
LES BALDERSON WINS TITLE.
9/10-11  OHIO OPEN TOURNAMENT at ALLIANCE.
LOUIS COWIE WINS TOURNEY.
9/24-25  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at MILBANK. FIRST OPEN TOURNEY.
FRED FIEBELKORN WINS TITLE.
FALL???  BRITISH LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP.
SALLY JONES VS. ANGELA DAVIES 3-2-??? DRAWS at ???
10/22  6TH NEW YORK STATE OPEN TOURNAMENT at POUGHKEEPSIE.
HAROLD FRYER WINS TITLE.
10/29-11/1   1st IRISH CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at CASTLEBAR, CO MAYO.
PAT McCARTHY WINS TITLE. 
11/12-13  IOWA STATE TOURNAMENT at NEWTON.
HARRY GAASS WINS TITLE.
11/19-20  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
BRUCE MORRISON VS EARL MORRISON (BROTHER) 7-5-8 DRAWS.
BRUCE RETAINS TITLE.
11/21-15   1st US  NATIONAL FREESTYLE TOURNAMENT  at SANFORD, NC.
ELBERT LOWDER WINS TITLE.
12/28-31   NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
at  CRUMLIN.
JIM REID WINS TITLE.
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1978

1/30  DEATH OF ARTHUR E. BAKER, NOTTINGHAM. A DEDICATED OFFICIAL OF THE EDA.

3/3-5  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at LEBANON.

HUGH BURTON WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  8TH INTERNATIONAL MAIL MATCH, USA VS GREAT BRITAIN, IS UNDER WAY. 

SPRING. ABERDEEN CHAMPIONSHIP, SCOTLAND.

JIM GRANT DEFEATS DAVE GLENNIE IN FINAL TO WIN TITLE.

4/1-2  ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PEKIN.

RICHARD FORTMAN WINS TITLE.

4/8-9    68TH MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at MANKATO.

JACK MOURNING WINS FOR THE 21ST CONSECUTIVE TIME.

4/8-9  FIRST CLACTON OPEN TOURNAMENT at CLACTON-ON-SEA.

W. J. "LIAM" STEPHENS WINS TOURNEY.

4/8-9,  ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP.

PAT McCARTHY vs FRANK BEDNALL 4-0-0 IN FINAL.
McCARTHY WINS TITLE AND THE ALEXANDER SHIELD.

4/22-23  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at TEMPLE.

H. L. CRAVENS JR WINS TITLE.

4/3-7  FLORIDA OPEN at  ST PETERSBURG.

RICHARD HALLETT WINS TOURNEY. THIS WAS HALLETT’S FIRST TOURNEY SINCE 1950.

4/29  BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP at BIRMINGHAM.

BRIAN MARTIN (ENGLISH CHAMPION) VS STEVEN BOWEN (SCOTTISH CHAMPION) 2-1-1 DRAW.

MARTIN WINS TITLE.

4/29  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP CUP FINAL at BRISTOL.

ESSEX VS CORNWALL  5-4-7 DRAWS.

ESSEX WIN TITLE.

4/29-30  LOUISIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at BATON ROUGE.

ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNEY.

MATT LONG BECOMES STATE CHAMPION.

5/6-7  OKLAHOMA STATE TOURNAMENT at OKLAHOMA CITY.

BOB HINER WINS TITLE FOR THE 10TH TIME.

5/27-28  MISSISSIPPI OPEN TOURNAMENT at PETAL.

CHARLES WALKER WINS TOURNEY AND STATE TITLE.

6/24-25  ALABAMA OPEN TOURNAMENT at FORT PAYNE.

ROBERT BUTLER WINS TOURNEY.

LLOYD TAYLOR BECOMES STATE CHAMPION.

6/24-25  NORTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at BISMARCK.

HARRIMAN NEAL WINS TITLE.

7/9-15  31st US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at MURFREESBORO, TN. 

MARION TINSLEY WINS TITLE. 

"CHECKER CHALLENGER" (THE ELECTRONIC COMPUTER GAME) COMPETES IN MINORS.

7/1-3  KENTUCKY OPEN TOURNAMENT at ELIZABETHTOWN.

7/17-21   23rd BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at  ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND. A RECORD 70 ENTRANTS.

JOHN McGILL WINS TITLE.

7/24-28  SOUTHERN STATES OPEN TOURNAMENT at LONGVIEW, TX.

ELBERT LOWDER WINS TOURNEY.

8/7-11  LAKESIDE OPEN TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

ED BRUCH WINS TOURNEY.

8/18-20  NORTH CAROLINA OPEN TOURNAMENT at STATESVILLE.

LES BALDERSON WINS TOURNEY.

RUNNER-UP ANGUS SIMPSON BECOMES STATE CHAMPION.

9/2-4  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at LOS ANGELES.

ED MARKUSIC WINS TOURNEY.

9/2-4  VIRGINIA STATE TOURNAMENT at BUENA VISTA.

PAUL DAVIS WINS TITLE.

9/2-4  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at BEDFORD.

DWIGHT STAGGS WINS TITLE.

9/2-4  GULF COAST OPEN TOURNAMENT at MOBILE.

HUGH BURTON WINS TOURNEY.

AUTUMN.  NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TIMARU.

RALPH DIXON WINS TITLE.

9/9-11  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at ALLIANCE.

LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE FOR THE 18TH TIME.

9/23-24  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at MILBANK.

HAPPY WIEDMANN WINS TITLE.

SEPT.  SOUTH DAKOTA MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

FRED FIEBELKORN VS KENNETH WOLD  6-3-11 DRAWS.

FIEBELKORN WINS TITLE.

10/7-8  NEW YORK OPEN TOURNAMENT at POUGHKEEPSIE.

EARL MORRISON WINS TITLE.

10/28-29  INDIANA OPEN TOURNAMENT at MARTINSVILLE.

CARL RENO WINS TOURNEY.

10/28-11/1   1st IRISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at DUBLIN.

DEREK OLDBURY WINS TITLE.

12/27-30   NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

at CRUMLIN.

CON McCARRICK WINS TITLE.

CHECKER HALL OF FAME IS BUILT BY CHARLES WALKER AT HIS HOME IN PETAL, MISS.

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1979

 

4/28  BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP CUP FINAL at BRISTOL.

AVON VS MIDDLESEX  6-5-5 DRAWS.

AVON WIN TITLE.

5/20  DEATH OF FRED BUCKLOW, SHEFFIELD, AGED 91. HE WAS FOUND DEAD IN BED ON THE DAY HE WAS DUE TO PLAY A MATCH. AN EX-ENGLISH CHAMPION AND MANY TIMES SHEFFIELD AND YORKSHIRE CHAMPION.

5/21- 26  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   3-MOVE.

MARION TINSLEY VS.  ELBERT LOWDER 15-0-10 DRAWS at PETAL, MS.

TINSLEY RETAINS TITLE.

5/27?  BRITISH LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP at CLACTON-ON-SEA..

JOAN CAWS vs SALLY JONES (HOLDER) 2-1-0 DRAWS.

JOAN CAWS WINS TITLE.

5/28-6/1   ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at CLACTON.

BILL EDWARDS WINS TITLE.

7/-   NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP at WELLINGTON.

GORDON PEACH WINS TITLE.

7/16-2  SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at GLASGOW.

JOHN McGILL WINS TITLE. 

SUMMER.  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.

LIAM STEPHENS WINS TITLE.

8/21-27   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH  FREESTYLE.

DEREK OLDBURY (ENGLAND) VS. ELBERT LOWDER (USA) 7-2-10 DRAWS at DUBLIN, IRELAND.

OLDBURY RETAINS TITLE.

AUTUMN.  CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.

JOHN GILLBARD WINS TITLE.

10/13  ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

JOHN MIZZI VERSUS C. H. "BILL" BREWER 2-1-3 DRAWS.

MIZZI WINS TITLE. 

11/1-4   2nd IRISH CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP at LIFFORD.

PAT McCARTHY WINS TITLE.

12/26-29   NORTHERN IRELAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

at CRUMLIN.

TOM WATSON WINS TITLE. 

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