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1950

1/2-  SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at ABERDEEN.

DEREK OLDBURY WINS TOURNEY. 

4/9-  9th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at SHEFFIELD.

JAMES MARSHALL VS. ALF HUGGINS 1-0-5 DRAWS IN FINAL.

MARSHALL RETAINS TITLE.

APRIL  THE LAST ISSUE OF "NEW DRAUGHTS WORLD" AFTER NEARLY 14 YEARS OF PUBLICATION.

4/22-23    OKLAHOMA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at OKLAHOMA CITY.

JEFF CLAYTON WINS TITLE. 

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

H. P. HOLLOWAY vs S .C. OSBORNE 2-1 AND 1 DRAW. HOLLOWAY RETAINS TITLE.

SPRING   LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.

PERCY  A. CRABBE VS SAM COHEN  1-0-1 DRAW.

CRABBE WINS TITLE.

SPRING   YORKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

G. H. WHITING VS WILLIAM LEGGETT  2-1-5 DRAWS.

WHITING WINS TITLE.

SPRING   ILLINOIS CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PAXTON.

61 ENTRANTS.

RICHARD L. FORTMAN BEATS H. B. MASON IN FINAL TO WIN HIS FIRST ILLINOIS TITLE.

4/7-8     ONTARIO OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

PROF. W. R. FRASER VS T. J. O'GRADY   2-1-3 DRAWS IN FINAL. 

FRASER WINS TITLE.

6/3-6  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at TEMPLE.

HARRY T. SAMPLE DEFEATS HARRY ORTON IN FINAL TO WIN TITLE.

6/10-15  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at BAKERSFIELD.

CHARLES MUNSON WINS TITLE.

6/12-23 17TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at PAXTON, IL.

MAURICE CHAMBLEE DEFEATS ALEX CAMERON IN THE FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE OF AMERICAN CHAMPION, AND CHALLENGES WALTER HELLMAN FOR THE WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

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AUG.  CEDAR POINT ANNUAL TOURNAMENT. THIS WAS THE LAST ONE TO BE HELD AT THE VENUE.

MARION TINSLEY WINS TOURNEY

8/13  A MEETING IS ARRANGED TO DISCUSS THE FORMATION OF A STATE-WIDE ORGANIZATION IN PENNSYLVANIA.

8/21-25   43rd SOUTHERN CHECKER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL TOURNAMENT at MACON, GA.

RICHARD HALLETT WINS TITLE.

9/2  TEXAS 3-MOVE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP at VICTORIA.

HARRY SAMPLE VS DR GEORGE KINSER (HOLDER) 5-0-3 DRAWS.

SAMPLE WINS TITLE.

9/8-9  CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  MARION TINSLEY at TORONTO, ONTARIO.

10/14-15  TEXAS MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP at BAYTOWN.

HARRY ORTON VS HARRY SAMPLE (HOLDER)  3-1-7 DRAWS.

ORTON WINS TITLE.

11/11  NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BOSTON.

RICHARD HALLETT DEFEATS LEONARD ROSENFIELD IN FINAL TO WIN TITLE.

12/28-30  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at BELOIT. A RECORD ENTRY OF 47 PLAYERS.

J. M. STULL WINS TITLE FOR THE 7TH TIME.

12/28-30 CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

W.R. FRASER VS. G. McRITCHIE 6-2-2 DRAWS at HAMILTON.

FRASER WINS TITLE.

"WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS" BY RYAN & WISWELL PUBLISHED.  

 

 
"....a real champion learns to take his defeats with a grin. A sore loser can never be a leader among men. This is one of the great lessons the game teaches. "
WILLIAM F. RYAN IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS
 
 
 
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1951

JAN.  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

WILLIAM R. FRASER VS. J.D. MACFARLANE 4-1-5 DRAWS at MONTREAL.

FRASER RETAINS TITLE.

1/14  TEXAS MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

HARRY ORTON VS. H. L. CRAVENS JR. 4-4-4 DRAWS at BOWIE.

ORTON RETAINS TITLE.

2/22  MASSACHUSSETTS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at BOSTON.

LEONARD ROSENFIELD, AGED 16, VS. RICHARD HALLETT 2-1-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

ROSENFIELD WINS TITLE.

2/22-25  CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH.

L. L. HALL VS. CHARLES MUNSON  2-0-2 DRAWS IN FINAL.

HALL WINS TITLE.

2/24-25  OKLAHOMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at OKLAHOMA CITY.

E. H. GILL WINS TITLE FOR THE 7TH TIME.

FEB.  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

W.R. FRASER VS. J.H. DURVANT 5-0-3 at MONTREAL.

FRASER RETAINS TITLE.

3/24  DEATH OF FRANK WARREN, AGED 73 (BORN 8 JAN 1878). THE FIRST EDITOR OF "CALIFORNIA CHECKER CHATTER".

3/24-26   ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PAXTON. 52 ENTRIES.

BOBBY MARTIN VS. RICHARD FORTMAN 1-0-6 DRAWS IN FINAL.

MARTIN WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

H. P. HOLLOWAY vs S. C. OSBORNE 2-0 AND 1 DRAW. HOLLOWAY RETAINS TITLE.

4/29  TEXAS MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP at BOWIE.

HARRY ORTON VS. G. L. FRANCISCO 6-1-1 DRAW.

ORTON RETAINS TITLE.

MAY???   WOMEN'S PLAY-OFF MATCH at LONG BEACH, CA.

MRS. M. F. SULLIVAN VS MISS EMILY JOHNSON 5-2-9 DRAWS.

MRS. SULLIVAN QUALIFIES TO CHALLENGE GERTRUDE HUNTLEY FOR HER WORLD LADIES TITLE.

5/19 DEATH OF F. F. SMITH, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, AGED 78 (BORN 25 OCT 1872). A NOTED CORRESPONDENCE PLAYER AND COLLECTOR.

7/30-    CEDAR POINT CHECKER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL TOURNAMENT IS SWITCHED TO LAKESIDE, OHIO, FOR THIS YEAR AND FUTURE YEARS.

MARION TINSLEY WINS TOURNEY.

7/9-12  GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at COLLEGE PARK.

R. A. ARMSTRONG WINS TITLE.

7/18-19  SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at UNION.

S. S. HALLMAN WINS TITLE.

7/23-25  41ST TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at MINERAL WELLS.

D. C. HULSEY DEFEATS H. L. CRAVENS JR. IN FINAL TO WIN TITLE.

8/1-11  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH  FREESTYLE.

TOM WISWELL VS. MILLARD HOPPER 7-2-27 DRAWS at NYC, NY  AND HARTFORD CONN.

WISWELL WINS TITLE.

8/15-   44TH SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at NASHVILLE, TENN.

W. Q. GRESHAM WINS TITLE.

9/1-3  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

M. L. MUNGER WINS TITLE.

9/5-17  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH  3 MOVE.

WALTER HELLMAN VS. MAURICE CHAMBLEE 6-1-29 DRAWS at OCEAN CITY MD. AND NEW YORK CITY.

HELLMAN RETAINS TITLE.

10/6  VERMONT STATE TOURNAMENT at HARDWICK.

LEONARD LeBLANC WINS TITLE.

10/14  3-MOVE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP OF TEXAS at  BOWIE.

HARRY ORTON VS. D. C. HULSEY 2-2-8 DRAWS.

ORTON RETAINS TITLE.

12/27-29  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at BELOIT.

GEORGE W. FARLEY VS. ARZA B. FOGLE  3-1-5 DRAWS IN PLAY-OFF.

FARLEY WINS TITLE FOR THE 9TH TIME.

 

 

 

 

 

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1952

1/26-2/23  CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

WILLIAM  FRASER VS. J.D.MACFARLANE 11-4-19 DRAWS at MONTREAL.

FRASER RETAINS TITLE.

2/9-10  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE.

R. F. TAPLETT WINS TITLE.

2/22-25   CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at SAN LEANDRO.

K.D. HANSON TIES 0-0-8 DRAWS WITH L. L. HALL AND THEY AGREE TO SHARE THE TITLE.

2/22-26 MASSACHUSETTS STATE TOURNAMENT at BOSTON.

LEONARD ROSENFIELD VS RAY GOULD IN FINAL  1-0-5 DRAWS (LASTING 18 HOURS.)

ROSENFIELD RETAINS TITLE.

2/22-3/2  NEW YORK CITY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY GERARD LeCLAIR.

2/23-24  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at ANNISTON.

BASIL CASE WINS TITLE.

3/13-14  IOWA STATE TOURNAMENT at HAMPTON.

RALPH KENNEDY WINS TITLE.

MAR./APR.  FIRST ISSUE OF BRITISH DRAUGHTS JOURNAL, EDITOR W.G. PARKER

MAR.   FIRST ISSUE OF THE ACF BULLETIN, THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION.

MAR.   THE ACF ANNOUNCES THAT IT OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES NEWELL BANKS AS 2-MOVE WORLD CHAMPION. MARION TINSLEY IMMEDIATELY CHALLENGES BANKS TO A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

H. P. HOLLOWAY BEATS S. C. OSBORNE TO RETAIN TITLE .

SPRING  AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY R. E. CHAMBERLAIN.

SPRING  MISSOURI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

PAUL THOMPSON WINS TITLE.

 SPRING   ILLINOIS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at JOLIET.

CLAYTON BEEBE WINS TITLE, DEFEATING RICHARD FORTMAN 1-0-3 DRAWS IN THE FINALS.

SPRING  "CHECKER KINGS IN ACTION" RELEASED BY T. WISWELL AND M. HOPPER.

SPRING   WITH FUNDING PROVIDED BY PHILANTHROPIST BERNARD BARUCH, THE NEW YORK CITY CHESS AND CHECKERS HOUSE OPENS. THE BUILDING IS STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY, ALTHOUGH IT IS MAINLY USED BY CHESS PLAYERS. 

VIDEO FOUND ON YOU TUBE.

4/5-7 TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at BROWNWOOD.

HARRY ORTON WINS TITLE.

4/14-  10th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at PAISLEY.

JAMES MARSHALL RETAINS TITLE.

4/25-  VERMONT STATE TOURNAMENT at BRADFORD.

QUINCY H. PERRY WINS TITLE.

4/28  NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE TOURNAMENT at CONCORD.

HARVEY L. WILSON RETAINS TITLE.

SPRING.  LEICESTERSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY CHARLIE WARBURTON FOR THE THIRD TIME IN SUCCESSION AND SEVENTH IN ALL.

SPRING.  NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY M. HUDDART FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW.

4/26 FINAL OF COUNTIES COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FOR REYNOLDS' CUP.

MIDDLESEX VS LANCASHIRE 10-3-11 DRAWS.

MIDDLESEX WIN TITLE.

4/27 DEATH OF WILLIAM VEAL, AGED 84, (BORN OCT 1867). ENGLISH MARINE ENGINEER AND KNOWN WORLDWIDE AS A PROLIFIC PROBLEM COMPOSER.

6/9-20 18TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at OCEAN CITY, MD.

BASIL CASE WINS HIS FIRST AMERICAN NATIONAL TOURNEY, BECOMING AMERICAN 3-MOVE CHAMPION, AND CHALLENGES WALTER HELLMAN FOR THE 3-MOVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. HELLMAN, WHO ALSO COMPETED IN THE TOURNEY, RETIRED AT THE END OF ROUND EIGHT, IN ORDER FOR A CLEAR CUT VICTOR TO EMERGE AS A CONTENDER FOR THE WORLD THREE MOVE CHAMPIONSHIP.

6/20-  2-MOVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH at DETROIT.

MARION TINSLEY VS. NEWELL W. BANKS 3-0-37 DRAWS.

TINSLEY WINS TITLE.

6/23-24    SOUTH CAROLINA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at GREENVILLE.

DR. J.E. SHAW WINS TITLE.

7/4-6  PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at PHILADELPHIA.

HERMAN L. RUDOLPH AND WAYNE VAN LEER ARE CO-CHAMPIONS.

7/14-17 GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at MONROE.

W.Q. GRESHAM WINS TITLE.

SUMMER  "HALL'S INSTRUCTIVE POSITIONS" BY LEONARD L. HALL IS PUBLISHED.

SUMMER. NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY J. DOWIE.

8/4-8    45TH SOUTHERN CHECKER ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT at GREENVILLE, SC.

ALEX CAMERON WINS MAJOR TOURNEY, PHIL BROWN WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

8/4-  CEDAR POINT TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

MARION TINSLEY WINS TOURNEY.

8/30-9/1  INDIANA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

JOHN SPRAGUE WINS TITLE. C.O.SKAAR WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

8/30-    KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LOUISVILLE.

RAY FIELDS WINS TITLE.

8/30-  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at CAREY.

CARROLL BINSACK WINS TITLE.

9/3  VIRGINIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

A. ELLIS BAKER WINS TITLE.

9/5 DEATH OF J. H. BAILEY, LONDON, AGED 87. A REGULAR CHALLENGER FOR THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS.

8/31-1/9   MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ST PAUL.

ED BARTELS WINS TITLE FOR THE 6TH TIME.

SEPT.   CANADIAN OPEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

WILLIAM RYAN AND MARION TINSLEY ARE CO-WINNERS.

SEPT???    FORTY GAME EXHIBITION MATCH .

MARION TINSLEY VS. W.R. FRASER 14-0-26 DRAWS at MONTREAL.

THIS MATCH WAS PLAYED IN 4 GROUPS OF 10 ON EACH STYLE OF RESTRICTION, FREE-STYLE, 2-MOVE, 3-MOVE, 11-MAN BALLOT.

10/26   DEATH OF F.J. KAISER, AGED 69, IN LONDON. HE WAS A WELL KNOWN PLAYER AND PATRON OF THE GAME FOR MANY YEARS.

DATE???   AUSTRALIAN TOURNAMENT at MELBOURNE.

RICHARD E. CHAMBERLAIN WINS TITLE.

12/30-1/1/53  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at OTTAWA.

GEORGE FARLEY VS. ARZA FOGLE 3-1-5 DRAWS IN FINAL.

FARLEY WINS TITLE.

 

 

 

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1953

1/1-4  PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

JESSE B. HANSON VS. KENNETH GROVER (HOLDER)  6-5-19 DRAWS at LONG BEACH, CA. FOUR DIFFERENT STYLES OF PLAY WERE USED: 2-MOVE, 3-MOVE, GAYP AND 11-MAN BALLOT.

HANSON WINS TITLE.

JAN???  MAINE STATE TOURNAMENT

RAY GOULD WINS TITLE FOR THE 33RD TIME.

FEB???   1ST OPEN FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at  ST. PETERSBURG, FL.

ALEX  CAMERON WINS AND RETAINS THE TITLE OF FLORIDA STATE CHAMPION.

2/21-22   ALABAMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ALBERTSVILLE.

LLOYD TAYLOR WINS TITLE. H.B. GAMBRELL WINS CLASS B TOURNEY.

2/21-23  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at SAN JOSE.

JEFF CLAYTON WINS TITLE.

2/21-  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at TACOMA, THEN SEATTLE.

BERT VIGFUSSION WINS TITLE.

FEB.    LEONARD ROSENFIELD PRESENTS A CLAIM TO THE ACF TO BE TITLED THE NATIONAL JUVENILE CHAMPION.

FEB.    AFTER AN ABSENCE OF 25 YEARS, CAPTAIN JOHN  HOWE RETURNS TO THE GAME. 

3/6-8  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at HUMBOLDT AND NASHVILLE.

T. S. McGEE WINS TITLE.

3/9-10  IOWA STATE TOURNAMENT at ALBIA.

GLEN MERCER AND GEORGE HUBER TIE AND SHARE TITLE. 

3/21   48TH ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at BLOOMINGTON.

CLAYTON BEEBE WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

H. P. HOLLOWAY BEATS C. H. FORD TO RETAIN TITLE.

SPRING    "CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS AND CHECKERS FOR ALL" BY TOM WISWELL AND LARRY EVANS IS RELEASED.

4/11-    SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at STEVENSTON, AYRSHIRE.

JAMES MARSHALL RETAINS TITLE.

4/ -12  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at SPRINGFIELD.

EARL ARNOLD WINS TITLE.

4/17    DEATH OF LOUIS GINSBERG. HE WAS REGARDED AS BEING AMONGST THE TOP AMERICAN CROSSBOARD PLAYERS FOR MANY YEARS.

4/25  COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOR REYNOLDS' CUP at LONDON.

MONMOUTHSHIRE VS. LANCASHIRE 8-8-8 DRAWS.

MONMOUTHSHIRE WIN ON BOTTOM BOARD ELIMINATION.

5/25-    ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at SOUTHEND-ON-SEA.

DEREK OLDBURY  WINS TITLE.

6/7   WISCONSIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at MADISON.
VERN ADAMS WINS TITLE.
SUMMER    7TH ACF-DKO NATIONAL & CANADIAN MAIL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT ENDS AFTER FIVE YEARS. CARL GUSS AND GEORGE VIDLAK AGREED TO SPLIT THE PRIZE AFTER PLAYING TO A DRAWN 13TH ROUND PAIRING.
SUMMER  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.
PERCY CRABBE VS W. LOGAN 3-1-2 DRAWS IN FINAL.
CRABBE RETAINS TITLE.
7/13-15  37TH GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA.
W. Q. GRESHAM RETAINS TITLE.
JULY/AUGUST  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   3 -MOVE.
WALTER HELLMAN VS. BASIL CASE 4-1-33 DRAWS at OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. AND ASHEVILLE, NC.
HELLMAN RETAINS TITLE.
SUMMER.  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at TEMPLE.
H.L. CRAVENS WINS TITLE.
8/3-9   SOUTHERN CHECKER ASSN. TOURNAMENT at ASHEVILLE, NC. 80 PLAYERS.
MAJOR TOURNEY WON BY MAURICE CHAMBLEE. MINOR TOURNEY WON BY W.Q. GRESHAM.
8/9-15   LAKESIDE TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE OHIO.
LEONARD ROSENFIELD WINS THIS TOURNAMENT WITH A
25-0-2 DRAWS RECORD.
9/5-7  PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at STATE COLLEGE.
WAYNE VAN LEER DEFEATS EDWARD MARKUSIC IN FINAL.
VAN LEER WINS TITLE.
9/5-10  KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at LOUISVILLE.
ELZY LANGDON VS DON LAFFERTY 3-2-7 DRAWS IN FINAL.
LANGDON WINS TITLE.
9/5-7  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.
LEE MUNGER WINS TITLE.
SEPT. FINAL OF THE FIRST TOURNAMENT FOR THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP OF NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND, IS WON BY T. MORRIS.
9/6-7  MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at  ST PAUL.
ED BARTELS RETAINS TITLE.
9/7  CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.
LEONARD ROSENFIELD WINS TOURNEY.
AUTUMN.  WELSH CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY BILL EDWARDS.
10/16-17  ARKANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at LITTLE ROCK.
DR. W. L. NEWTON WINS TITLE.
12/7-17  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH  FREESTYLE.
TOM WISWELL VS. MILLARD HOPPER 2-2-36 DRAWS at GLASGOW, KY.
WISWELL RETAINS TITLE.
12/31-1/2/54  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at GREAT BEND.
EUGENE FRAZIER VS. GEORGE W. FARLEY 4-0-4 DRAWS IN FINAL.
FRAZIER WINS TITLE.
 
 
 

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1954

1/1  MAINE STATE TOURNAMENT at PORTLAND.

NATHAN COHEN WINS TITLE.

1/1-  PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP.

JESSE B. HANSON VS. JOSEPH GRANFIELD   6? -2-18 DRAWS at LONG BEACH, CA.,IN A SCHEDULED 30-GAME MATCH.

HANSON RETAINS TITLE. 

2/15   DEATH OF WILLIAM FRANCIS RYAN, AGED 47, OF NEW YORK. (BORN 15 JAN 1907.) HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING PLAYER, WRITER AND PUBLISHER, AND ONE OF THE GAME'S GREATEST SHOWMEN. PERHAPS HIS BEST PERFORMANCE AS A PLAYER WAS TO DRAW HIS WORLD TITLE MATCH WITH HELLMAN, THE HOLDER, IN 1949.

2/20-21  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at GADSDEN.

MAURICE CHAMBLEE WINS TITLE.

2/20-22  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at SAN DIEGO.

L.L. HALL WINS TITLE.

2/20-22  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at SEATTLE.

ALBERT JOHNSON WINS TITLE.

2/21 TOM WISWELL APPEARS ON THE TELEVISION PROGRAMME: "WHAT'S MY LINE?", WITH AN ESTIMATED 20 MILLION VIEWERS. THE PANEL WERE BEATEN. THIS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES BY WISWELL, WHO WAS THUS ABLE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE GAME OF CHECKERS.

3/5-6  49TH ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PEORIA.

MILTON APEL WINS TITLE.

3/7-9  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at FREEMAN.

GEORGE WADE WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

H. P. HOLLOWAY BEATS S. C. OSBORNE TO RETAIN TITLE - HIS 8TH WIN IN SUCCESSION.

MARCH.  FIRST ISSUE OF THE "NEW ZEALAND DRAUGHTS REVIEW" BY A. L. R. NOONAN. THIS OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NZDA RAN FOR 14 QUARTERLY ISSUES UNTIL JUNE 1957.

4/4-    AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at HOBART, TASMANIA .

R.E. CHAMBERLAIN WINS TITLE. 

APR.  LITTLE LULU PLAYS CHECKERS.
DELL COMICS-MARGE'S LITTLE LULU # 70.
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4/10-11  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at FARMINGTON.

PAUL H. THOMPSON WINS TITLE.

4/24  FINAL OF BRITISH COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP FOR REYNOLDS' CUP at LONDON.

YORKSHIRE VS. GLAMORGAN 10-5-11 DRAWS.

YORKSHIRE WIN TITLE.

SPRING  YORKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY G. H. WHITING.

SPRING  SHEFFIELD CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY FRED BUCKLOW.

SPRING  CORNWALL, ENGLAND, CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY W. F. GLASSON FOR THE 17TH TIME at REDRUTH.

MAY. NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at DUNEDIN.

D. LOWRY WINS TITLE.

6/7-  11th BRITISH OPEN TOURNAMENT at WHITLEY BAY.

JAMES MARSHALL VS DEREK OLDBURY IN FINAL 1-0-5 DRAWS.

MARSHALL RETAINS TITLE.

6/12-13  OKLAHOMA STATE TOURNAMENT at LAWTON.

BOB HINER WINS TITLE.

6/21-26  47TH SOUTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LOUISVILLE, KY

BASIL CASE WINS FOR THE 7TH TIME.

7/7  NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at SALISBURY.

EDWARD SCHEIDT WINS TITLE.

7/12  GEORGIA  STATE TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA.

W. Q. GRESHAM WINS TITLE FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A ROW.

7/19-21  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at DALLAS.

H. L. CRAVENS WINS TITLE.

7/25  DEATH OF S. J. PICKERING, AGED 76, OF WILLENHALL, ENGLAND (BORN 11 MAY 1878). HE WAS ONE OF THE TOP PROBLEM COMPOSERS.

SUMMER  NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP.

JOHN ANDERSON VS A. VASEY 3-2-9 DRAWS IN FINAL.

ANDERSON WINS TITLE.

SUMMER  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY HARRY "HP" HOLLOWAY FOR THE 7TH TIME IN SUCCESSION.

SUMMER  "BOLAND'S BRIDGES IN THE GAME OF CHECKERS" IS PUBLISHED BY BEN BOLAND.

8/9-23 19TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at

LAKESIDE, OH.

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

BELOW, READ "TOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS" by CARM AVERY, FROM THE 19TH AMERICAN CHECKER TOURNEY GAMES BOOK.
CLICK ON THUMBNAIL TO ENLARGE IN A NEW WINDOW.

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8/25  DEATH OF T. BIGGS, AGED 77, OF SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND. HE WON THE SHEFFIELD AND YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS MORE TIMES THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER, AND WAS THE FIRST WINNER OF THE ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1910.

AUTUMN?  AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at HOBART.

R. E. CHAMBERLAIN WINS TITLE.

9/6- KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW.

DON LAFFERTY WINS TITLE.

9/6-  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

LEE MUNGER WINS TITLE.

9/6  CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

W.R.FRASER WINS TITLE.

9/28  DEATH OF WILLIAM J. WOOD, AGED 69, OF WAUKEGAN, IL. HE WAS DESCRIBED IN ELAM'S CHECKER BOARD AS PROBLEM COMPOSING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.

DEC.  THREE-MOVE SUBSCRIPTION MATCH.

GEORGE W. FARLEY (KANSAS CHAMPION) VS. EARL ARNOLD (MISSOURI CHAMPION)  11-8-11 DRAWS at ST, LOUIS, MO.

FARLEY WINS MATCH.

A MATCH BOOKLET WAS PUBLISHED.

12/30- 1/1/55  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at EUREKA.

GEORGE FARLEY WINS TITLE FOR THE 11TH TIME.

 

 

 

 

 

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1955

1/1-  45TH MAINE STATE TOURNAMENT at PORTLAND.

RAY S. GOULD WINS TITLE FOR THE 34TH TIME IN 37 TRIES.

1/4-  NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP at WELLINGTON. ONLY 11 ENTRIES.

T. GILHOOLY WINS TITLE.

2/19-21  CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

at SANTA BARBARA.

KENNETH GROVER WINS TOURNEY.

THIS WAS THE FIRST USE OF THE SWISS SYSTEM.

2/7-9  NEBRASKA STATE TOURNAMENT at HOLDREGE.

RAY ATKINS REACHED THE FINAL, BUT HAD TO LEAVE WHEN "A FIERCE BLIZZARD CAME UP"!

A. M. VOSS WINS TITLE BY DEFAULT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 35 ATTEMPTS.

2/19  MASSACHUSETTS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at ???

JAMES F. HANRON WINS TITLE.

2/19-20  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at TACOMA.

ALBERT JOHNSON RETAINS TITLE.

FEB???   SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

WADE WINS TITLE.

FEB???  BELFAST CHAMPIONSHIP.

J. GILLILAND RETAINS TITLE.

3/5-8  FLORIDA STATE TOURNAMENT at DAYTONA BEACH.

ALEX CAMERON WINS TITLE.

3/5-  TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at HUMBOLDT.

J. T. TERRY WINS TITLE.

3/5 and 3/12   SCOTTISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at GLASGOW.

J. SCOTT VS. A. INGLIS 2-0-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

J. SCOTT WINS TITLE.

3/12-13  50TH ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PEORIA.

ROBERT FLOOD WINS TITLE.

APR.  DONALD DUCK PLAYS CHECKERS !

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4/9-14  ENGLISH MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP - 3 MOVE.
DEREK OLDBURY VS. SAM COHEN 4-0-23 DRAWS at BRISTOL.

OLDBURY WINS TITLE.

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4/  -24  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

PAUL THOMPSON WINS TITLE.

4/30  BRITISH COUNTIES CUP FINAL.

MIDDLESEX VS. YORKSHIRE 10-4-10 DRAWS.

MIDDLESEX WIN CUP.

SPRING.  ABERDEEN CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY JOHN PIRIE.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP.

SID HUDSON VS. H. P. HOLLOWAY 2-0-2 DRAWS IN FINAL.

HUDSON WINS TITLE. 

SPRING. YORKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY FRED "GF" BUCKBY.

5/18  DEATH OF VICTOR B. DAVIS (BORN 9 MAY 1908), OF KNOXVILLE, IOWA. A STRONG PLAYER, BUT BEST KNOWN FOR ANALYSIS. HE WAS  A CONTRIBUTOR TO VARIOUS MAGAZINES.

5/30 -6/3 ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at LEAMINGTON SPA, WARWICKSHIRE.

DEREK OLDBURY WINS TITLE. 

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7/11-13  GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ATLANTA.

W. Q. GRESHAM RETAINS TITLE.

8/8-16 BRITISH MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP - 3 MOVE.

DEREK OLDBURY VS. JAMES MARSHALL 8-4-15 DRAWS at EDINBURGH and BRISTOL.

OLDBURY WINS TITLE.

FOR COVERAGE OF THE OLDBURY-COHEN-MARSHALL PLAYOFF, CLICK ARTICLE BELOW TO ENLARGE.
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8/8-   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   3 MOVE.

MARION TINSLEY VS. WALTER HELLMAN 3-0-35 DRAWS at LAKESIDE, OH AND PEORIA, IL.

TINSLEY WINS TITLE. 

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8/20  NORTHERN STATES OPEN TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

MILTON LOEW VS ED EBERT 2-0-1 DRAW IN FINAL.

LOEW IS THE FIRST WINNER OF THE NEW TITLE.

IT WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE LAKESIDE OPEN CHECKER TOURNAMENT, SPONSORED BY THE CEDAR POINT CHECKER ASSOCIATION.

SUMMER.  NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT.

ED SCHEIDT WINS TITLE.

SUMMER.  CORNISH MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

W. F. GLASSON VS J. H. MITCHELL 4-0-2 DRAWS.

GLASSON RETAINS TITLE, HELD SINCE 1926.

9/3-5  PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at BETHLEHEM.

WAYNE VAN LEER AND ARCHIE HENSALL FINISHED LEVEL AFTER 8 HOURS' PLAY IN THE FINAL AND SHARED FIRST PRIZE.

9/3-5  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

DEWEY SLOUGH WINS TITLE.

9/3-5  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at NEWARK.

LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE.

9/5   CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

SAUL WESLOW WINS TOURNAMENT.

9/5  ILLINOIS DOWN-STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at DECATUR.

RICHARD FORTMAN WINS TITLE.

9/5-  KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at LOUISVILLE.

PROF. RAYMOND FIELDS WINS TITLE FOR THE 11TH TIME.

9/10-13  INTERNATIONAL MATCH.

8TH ENGLAND  VS. SCOTLAND 47-12-69 DRAWS at SHEFFIELD.

AUTUMN   NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP at BEDLINGTON.

JOHN ANDERSON WINS TITLE.

AUTUMN   ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY G. H. ENGLAND OF SHEFFIELD.

10/14  DEATH OF JAMES ANDREW ("J. A.") KEAR, JNR, AGED 83, OF BRISTOL. (BORN 18 OCT 1871.) HE PLAYED FOR ENGLAND AGAINST SCOTLAND, BUT IS BEST KNOWN IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS AND MAGAZINES, ESPECIALLY AS EDITOR OF KEAR'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA.
11/1-14   PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH at LONG BEACH AND OAKLAND, CA.
LEONARD L. HALL VS JESSE B. HANSON (HOLDER)  9-7-23 DRAWS.
HALL WINS TITLE. 
12/29-31   KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at EMPORIA.
J. M. STULL VS. EUGENE FRAZIER  2-1-7 DRAWS IN FINAL.
STULL WINS TITLE.
CHRISTMAS WEEK   METROPOLITAN NEW YORK OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT WON BY HAROLD FREYER.
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1956

JAN. NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP at GREYMOUTH.

J. DOWIE WINS TITLE.

2/18-20  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at LONG BEACH.

L. L. HALL WINS TITLE.

PLAYED ON THE SWISS SYSTEM.

3/1  MAINE STATE TOURNAMENT FINAL at PORTLAND.

RAY GOULD VS. NATE COHEN 1-0-7 DRAWS IN THE FINALS.

GOULD WINS TITLE.

MAR???  GLASGOW CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS, SCOTLAND.

N. RAMSAY WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

JOE CANTRELL WINS TITLE.

MAR???  YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP WON BY WILLIE HOLMES FOR THE FIRST TIME AFTER MANY ATTEMPTS.

SPRING. WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP.

SID HUDSON BEATS S.C. OSBORNE IN FINAL TO RETAIN TITLE.

MAR.   FLORIDA STATE OPEN TOURNAMENT at ST PETERSBURG.

JAMES RICCA AND J.Q. SIDES SHARE THE TITLE.

3/13  ILLINOIS CHECKER TOURNAMENT  at W. FRANKFORT, IL. RICHARD FORTMAN WINS TITLE.
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SPRING.  AUKLAND DRAUGHTS CLUB IS FORMED IN NEW ZEALAND.

APRIL    24TH AUSTRALIAN TOURNAMENT at HOBART, TASMANIA.

R. E. CHAMBERLAIN WINS TITLE.

4/20  DEATH OF HARRY ("H. P.") HOLLOWAY, AGED 86. THIS BIRMINGHAM EXPERT REACHED THE SEMI-FINALS FIVE TIMES IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS AND PLAYED FOR ENGLAND AGAINST SCOTLAND IN 1948. HE WAS BIRMINGHAM CHAMPION ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND WON THE WARWICKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP 8 TIMES IN A ROW FROM 1947 TO 1954.

 

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4/21-22  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at FULTON.

PAUL THOMPSON AND EARL ARNOLD SHARE THE TITLE.

4/28  BRITISH COUNTIES CUP FINAL at LONDON.

ESSEX VS LANCASHIRE  8-8-12 DRAWS.

ESSEX WIN BY BOTTOM BOARD ELIMINATION TO TAKE THE REYNOLDS' NEWS CUP.

SPRING. CORNWALL COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP aT REDRUTH. W.F. GLASSON WINS TITLE FOR THE 17TH TIME.

SPRING.  ABERDEEN CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY J. SINCLAIR.

SPRING. GLAMORGAN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY H. TOWNSEND.

SPRING.  NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY J. DIXON.

5/19-20  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at SHAWNEE.

H. B. GAMBRELL WINS TITLE.

MAY  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.

SAM COHEN VS. JACK THORPE 2-0-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

COHEN WINS TITLE.

MAY   CROSS-BOARD MATCH. 

HAROLD FREYER VS. JACK COX 1-1-10 DRAWS at JAMAICA, NY. GAMES PUBLISHED IN KEYSTONE CHECKER REVIEW, VOL. 1, NO. 3, OCT. 1956.

6/11  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at DALLAS.

H. L. CRAVENS RETAINS TITLE.

6/16  WELSH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FINISHES.

BILL EDWARDS WINS TITLE FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A ROW.

7/21   DEATH OF RAY GOULD IN A CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT. (BORN IN JUNE 1897 IN MAINE.) HE FIRST WON THE MAINE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT IN 1919 AND THEN WENT ON TO WIN THE STATE TOURNEY 35 TIMES. FOR SOME YEARS HE WAS REGARDED AS AMONGST THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN THE USA.

SUMMER???  GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

JOHNNIE MITCHELL DEFEATS W.Q. GRESHAM IN FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE.

8/13-23   20TH US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (3-MOVE) at GALVESTON TX.

MARION TINSLEY, THE CURRENT WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPION, RETAINS TITLE OF AMERICAN CHAMPION, DEFEATING FORMER WORLD CHAMPION WALTER HELLMAN IN THE FINALS. 

8/17-18  ARKANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at LITTLE ROCK.

RALPH ROBERTS WINS TITLE FOR THE 3RD TIME IN A ROW.

8/28  PROF. WILLIAM R. FRASER PREPARES FOR HIS UPCOMING FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

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AUTUMN.   VERMONT STATE TOURNAMENT at BARTON.

PAT CHICIONE WINS TITLE.

AUTUMN.  SHEFFIELD CHAMPIONSHIP IS RETAINED BY G. H. WHITING.

9/1-3  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at UTICA.

LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE.

9/1-3  KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at LOUISVILLE.

DON LAFFERTYWINS TITLE.

9/3  CANADIAN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

J.D. MCFARLANE WINS TITLE.

9/4-18  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   FREESTYLE.

TOM WISWELL VS. WILLIAM R. FRASER 2-0-37 DRAWS at GLASGOW, KY. USA.

WISWELL RETAINS TITLE.

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9/10-  12th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at PAISLEY, SCOTLAND.
DEREK OLDBURY VS. SAM COHEN 2-0-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.
OLDBURY WINS TITLE.
12/27-29  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at WICHITA.
EUGENE FRAZIER WINS TITLE.

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1957

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

V. MONTEIRO WINS TOURNEY.

1/1  MAINE STATE TOURNAMENT at PORTLAND.

NATE COHEN VS. WALTER STOVER 1-0-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

COHEN WINS TITLE.

JAN.  "AMERICA'S BEST CHECKERS" RELEASED BY TOM WISWELL.

1/26-27   16 GAME PURSE MATCH FOR $100.00.

CLAYTON BEEBE VS. PAUL BROWNING 4-1-??? DRAWS at PEORIA, IL. SELECT GAMES PUBLISHED IN ELAM'S CHECKER BOARD MARCH 1957 ISSUE.

2/22-24  WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at BREMERTON.

A. R. JOHNSON WON THE TITLE FOR THE 5TH TIME.

MAR???  FLORIDA OPEN STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

ALEX CAMERON VS. ELBERT LOWDER 2-1-5 DRAWS IN FINAL.

CAMERON WINS TITLE.

MAR???  GLASGOW CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, SCOTLAND.

N. RAMSAY RETAINS TITLE.

3/23-24  ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at DANVILLE.

JOHN HOWE DEFEATS RICHARD FORTMAN IN FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE.

SPRING. GLAMORGAN COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, WALES.

R. MORGAN WINS TITLE.

SPRING.  NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY J. ANDERSON.

SPRING.  YORKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY TOM BROWNRIGG.

SPRING.  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.

C. H. FORD BEATS A. E. BECK TO WIN TITLE.

SPRING ???  CROSSBOARD MATCH.

HAROLD FREYER VS. KENNETH GROVER 1-0-5 DRAWS at MANHATTEN, NY. GAMES PUBLISHED IN KEYSTONE CHECKER REVIEW, VOL. 2, NO. 2, OCT. 1957.

4/27  BRITISH COUNTIES CUP FINAL at LONDON.

SURREY VS. YORKSHIRE 8-6-10 DRAWS.

SURREY WIN THE REYNOLDS' CUP.

4/28  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

EARL ARNOLD WINS TITLE.

MAY.  NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at AUKLAND.

RESULTS UNKNOWN.

6/10-14   ENGLISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at LEICESTER.

DEREK OLDURY VS. FRANK GALLAGHER 2-0-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.

OLDBURY WINS TITLE.

THIS WAS THE FIRST ENGLISH TOURNAMENT TO BE PLAYED ON THE 3-MOVE OPENING RESTRICTION.

7/4-6  NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at WINSTON SALEM.

GLENN COLE WINS TITLE.

7/4-7 PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at MONESSEN.
HERMAN RUDOLPH WINS TITLE. MILTON KEMMERER WINS MINOR TOURNEY. AT THIS TOURNEY, PLANS WERE MADE TO BRING THE ACF NATIONAL TOURNAMENT TO BETHLEHEM, PA. IN 1958.

7/6-7  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at MOBILE.

MAURICE CHAMBLEE WINS TITLE.

7/8-12  FIRST NORTHERN IRELAND VS ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL MATCH at BELFAST.

NORTHERN IRELAND WIN BY 67-33-100 DRAWS.

7/8-13  GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

W. Q. GRESHAM WINS TITLE FOR THE 7TH TIME.

8/5  DEATH OF GEORGE W. FARLEY OF KANSAS CITY, AGED 62. HE WON THE KANSAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 11 TIMES.

 

 
 
 
"I doubt that anybody works
 
harder at anything than I work at checkers".
MARION TINSLEY
 
SUMMER???  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at ???
H. L. CRAVENS RETAINS TITLE, WINNING FOR THE 5TH TIME IN A ROW.
8/5-11  NORTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.
SPONSORED BY LAKESIDE CHECKER ASSOCIATION.
LOUIS COWIE WINS TOURNEY.  W.P. NESBIT WINS MINOR TOURNEY. 
8/12-15  50TH SOUTHERN STATES CHECKER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL TOURNAMENT at SALSBURY, NC.
HARRY ANDERSON WINS TOURNEY.
8/31  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at COLUMBUS.
LOUIS COWIE WINS TITLE.
8/31 KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at SOMERSET.
ELZY LANGDON WINS TITLE.
JULES LEOPOLD OF NEW YORK VISITS DR. H. L. SAMUEL AND THE IBM 704 COMPUTER IN THE IBM LABORATORIES, POUGHKEEPSIE.
IN BETWEEN ASTROPHYSICAL COMPUTATIONS HE WAS ALLOWED A HALF-HOUR GAME AGAINST SAMUEL'S FAMOUS CHECKERS PROGRAM, WHICH WAS ABLE TO LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE. NORMAL RENT OF THE EQUIPMENT WAS $685 PER HOUR. LEOPOLD WON THE GAME, BUT THE PROGRAM PUT UP SOME RESISTANCE. 
AUTUMN  "BOLAND'S BORDER CLASSICS" BY BEN BOLAND IS RELEASED.
9/1-2 CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at OAKLAND.
JEFF CLAYTON WINS TITLE.
9/2  CANADIAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.
V. C. MONTEIRO WINS TITLE.
9/2  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.
JOHN W. SPRAGUE WINS TITLE.
11/30  MICHIGAN STATE OPEN TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.
EDWARD L. EBERT WINS TOURNEY.
12/6-8  20-GAME MATCH FOR THE ILLINOIS STATE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP AND A STAKE OF $200.
JOHN HOWE JR. VS. CLAYTON BEEBE  6-4-10 DRAWS at PEORIA AND CHICAGO.
HOWE WINS TITLE.
 
 
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1958

JAN.  START OF INTERNATIONAL MAIL MATCH, GT. BRITAIN VS USA. 12-A-SIDE.

2/10-18   FLORIDA OPEN TOURNAMENT at ST PETERSBURG.

V. RICCIUTI WINS TITLE.

2/18  DEATH OF MAURICE CHAMBLEE, OF BIRMINGHAM, AL, AGED 31 (BORN 31 JULY 1926). HE WAS A FORMER AMERICAN 3-MOVE CHAMPION AND ONE TIME CONTENDER FOR THE WORLD 3-MOVE CHAMPIONSHIP.

2/22-23   WASHINGTON STATE TOURNAMENT at ABERDEEN.

A.R. JOHNSON WINS TITLE.

FEB-MAR.  GLASGOW CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, SCOTLAND.

D. BORLAND WINS TITLE.

3/2-4  SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at FREEMAN.

KENNETH WOLD WINS TITLE ???

3/8-9  ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PEORIA.

CLAYTON O. BEEBE WINS TITLE.

APR.  AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT  at MELBOURNE.

J. FERGUSON WINS TITLE.

4/18-19  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at HOUSTON.

H. L. CRAVENS AND ED MARKUSIC SHARE TITLE.

4/26  BRITISH COUNTIES CUP FINAL at LONDON.

LANCASHIRE BEAT ESSEX TO WIN THE REYNOLDS' CUP.

4/26-27  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at MOUNTAIN GROVE.

GRADY BECKHAM WINS TITLE.

SPRING???  55TH IOWA STATE TOURNAMENT at ACKLEY.

AL GRAETTINGER WINS TITLE.

5/3-4  10 GAME SUBSCRIPTION MATCH.

MARION TINSLEY VS. HAROLD FREYER  0-0-10 DRAWS at NEW YORK.

THIS SERVED AS A HARD PRACTICE MATCH FOR TINSLEY.

5/12-   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH   3 MOVE.
MARION TINSLEY VS. DEREK OLDBURY 9-1-24 DRAWS in GREAT BRITAIN.

TINSLEY RETAINS TITLE.

CLICK IMAGES BELOW FOR COVERAGE OF THE MATCH.

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JUNE   CANADIAN TITLE MATCH.

PROF. W. R. FRASER VS. EDWARD WYLIE  6-6-28 DRAWS

at VANCOUVER.

FRASER RETAINS TITLE.

7/4-6  NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOURNAMENT at HICKORY.

ELBERT LOWDER WINS TITLE.

7/4-6  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at  BIRMINGHAM.

BASIL CASE VS. LLOYD W. TAYLOR  0-0-12 DRAWS IN FINAL.

THEY AGREED TO SHARE THE TITLE.

7/14-25  21ST US NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at BETHLEHEM, PA. WALTER HELLMAN VS. NEWELL W. BANKS IN FINAL 2-0-5 DRAWS.
HELLMAN WINS TITLE.
THIS WAS BANKS'S HIGHEST FINISH EVER IN A U.S. NATIONAL TOURNEY.
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13th BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at SHEFFIELD.

MARION TINSLEY WINS TOURNEY. 

SUMMER  ARKANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

MAJOR JOHN J. CALDWELL JR WINS TITLE.

8/4-9  NORTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

COWIE VS MARTIN  0-0-4 DRAWS IN FINAL. THEY AGREED TO SHARE PRIZE MONEY.

8/11-15   51ST SOUTHERN CHECKER ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT at NASHVILLE, TN.

BASIL CASE DEFEATS ELBERT LOWDER IN FINAL TO WIN THE TOURNEY FOR THE 8TH TIME.

8/30- 9/1  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

LEE MUNGER WINS STATE TITLE FOR THE 11TH TIME. LEE RIDENOUR WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

8/30-9/1  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at FRESNO.

K.D. HANSON WINS TITLE.

8/30-9/1   KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at ???

DON LAFFERTY WINS TITLE. BURT SWEATT WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

8/31-9/1  MINNESOTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at ST PAUL.

JACK MOURNING WINS TITLE.

9/1   VIRGINIA STATE TOURNAMENT at DANVILLE.

GEORGE WALKER VS. A.E. BAKER 0-0-6 DRAWS IN FINAL.

BAKER HAS TO RETIRE AND DECLINES WALKER'S OFFER OF CO-CHAMPIONSHIP, HENCE WALKER WINS TITLE. HARRY YEATTS WINS MINOR TOURNEY.

9/1  CANADIAN OPEN TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

ROBERT MARTIN OF NEW YORK WINS TOURNEY.

9/1  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at CANTON.

PAUL MCKAY WINS STATE TITLE. H.B. GATES WINS MAJORS CLASS. CLIFFORD LAMBORN WINS MINORS CLASS.

9/13-  VERMONT STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

ROBERT J. BURROUGHS WINS TITLE.

OCT.  MARION TINSLEY, REIGNING 3-MOVE WORLD CHAMPION, ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM ACTIVE PLAY, BEING UNABLE TO DEVOTE HIS TIME  BOTH TO CHECKER ANALYSIS AND PREPARATION FOR MATCHES AND TO THE MATHEMATICAL RESEARCH ON WHICH HIS FUTURE JOB SECURITY DEPENDED. "AS CHECKERS BUTTERS NO BREAD, IT IS CLEAR WHICH MUST GO."

DEC??? KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at TOPEKA.

JASPER STULL WINS TITLE.

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1959

2/9  FLORIDA STATE TOURNAMENT at ST. PETERSBURG. 

BASIL CASE WINS TITLE.

2/15-24   STAKE MATCH FOR $100 A SIDE.

ED WYLIE VS. JESSE B. HANSON  8-4-26 DRAWS at

SEATTLE.

3/6   TENNESSEE STATE TOURNAMENT at MURFREESBORO.

MILTON LOEW WINS TITLE.

3/7-8  ILLINOIS STATE TOURNAMENT at PEORIA.

LAVERNE DIBBLE WINS TITLE.

3/21-24  TEXAS STATE TOURNAMENT at DALLAS.

ED MARKUSIC WINS TITLE.

3/27-28  ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP at OSHAWA.

J.D. MACFARLANE WINS TITLE.

SPRING?  WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY S. C. "STAN" OSBORNE.

4/18-19  WISCOSIN STATE TOURNAMENT at TOMAHAWK.

VERN ADAMS WINS TITLE.

5/30-31  MISSOURI STATE TOURNAMENT at SPRINGFIELD.

CLARENCE CROWE WINS TITLE.

8/3-8  NORTHERN STATES TOURNAMENT at LAKESIDE, OH.

NORMAN WEXLER WINS TITLE.

SUMMER.  ALABAMA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

LLOYD W. TAYLOR WINS TITLE.

8/17-21  SOUTHERN CHECKER ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT at HICKORY, N.C. THERE WERE 42 ENTRANTS.

LLOYD W. TAYLOR WINS TORNEY.

SUMMER.  "THE INFERNO OF CHECKERS"  BY PROF. W.R. FRASER IS RELEASED.

9/5-7  INDIANA STATE TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.

LEE MUNGER WINS TITLE FOR THE 12TH TIME.

9/5-7  CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT at LOS ANGELES.

GERARD "JERRY" LOPEZ WINS TITLE.

9/5-7  OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT at CLEVELAND.

LEO LEVITT WINS TITLE.

9/5-7  KENTUCKY STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

DON LAFFERTY WINS TITLE.

9/6-7  MINNESOTA STATE TOURNAMENT at ST PAUL.

JACK MOURNING RETAINS TITLE.

9/7  PENNSYLVANIA STATE TOURNAMENT at ???

JOE BASSETT WINS TITLE.

9/7   CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at TORONTO.

SAUL WESLOW WINS TOURNEY.

NOV.  "INTERNATIONAL DRAUGHTS AND CHECKERS"  MATCH BOOK  BY WISWELL, TINSLEY, FRASER AND OLDBURY RELEASED.

12/21- 1/1/1960   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH FREESTYLE.

TOM WISWELL VS. WILLIAM R. FRASER 7-0-17 DRAWS at GLASGOW, KY.

WISWELL RETAINS TITLE. 

12/27-29  KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT at GREAT BEND.

EUGENE FRAZIER WINS TITLE FOR THE 5TH TIME.

 

 

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