Lindsay Memorial" 3-Move National
The "Gene Lindsay Memorial" 3-Move National will be held
July 21st &
25th 2008 (Monday thru Friday)
Notice the announcement change... Masters finish on
The 2008 “Gene Lindsay” ACF National 3-move Tournament will be held in Las
Vegas at "The VEGAS CLUB" Hotel in downtown Las Vegas (across the street from the
Plaza) on (Monday thru Friday) July 21 through 25 (Masters will also finish on 25th).
In order to finish on Friday, the
Masters will play one two-game round Monday (scored by round) followed by a
four-game round. The remaining 6 rounds will be played Tuesday through Friday,
6 games (1.5 rounds) a day, using traditional round scoring. This will be a
three-move restriction event using 156-opening deck and Swiss system. Recording
of games and time clocks will be used in the Master’s group. Clocks and
score-sheets will be provided. (Players in other divisions are welcome to do the
same, but optional). Masters will use a tough deck consisting of 80 openings if the
round is tied after the first two games
for Rounds 2-8.
The Majors and Minors will play 8
four-game rounds, scoring by game (2 points for each win, 1 point for each
draw), with one round Monday & Friday, and 2 rounds Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday. Entry fees will be $50 (Master’s) / $30 (Majors) / $20 (Minors). ACF Membership is required to enter all divisions, and may be paid at
The "Arthur Niederhoffer" National Youth Tournament (for 21 and under) will take
place (Saturday & Sunday) July 19 & 20, 2008 in Vegas Club, Las Vegas. Event is for youth
21 and under..
Donations to our National tournament are welcome, and a donation of at least $20
will earn you a copy of annotated select games. Donations can go to Alan
Millhone or Rich Beckwith, or to ACF Store / Donations/ ACF Tournament Fund
Donation OR /ACF National Youth Tournament at
Non-announcement comments… I personally thank Gerry Lopez who
submitted the only bid (for $2000) to ACF by the Dec. 31 deadline. I suspect
some players may have hoped for a venue east of the Mississippi, but no one
submitted a bid for this region.
Also, Gerry’s District 9 tournament
will be played on July 27 & 28, (Sunday & Monday) so players may wish to consider supporting
that event as well.
Players can send pledges to Gerry
Lopez, ACF Rep. at: 41858 Corte Selva, Temecula, Ca. 92591. Phone # (951)
or to ACF Store / Donations/ ACF Tournament Fund Donation OR /ACF National
Youth Tournament at www.usacheckers.com.
All pledges will be acknowledged in the ACF Bulletin.
Our National Tournament honoree this year is Gene Lindsay. He was a past ACF
Treasurer and frequent International Match Player, who placed 4th at the 2007
GAYP National. He recently left a large endowment to several checker
organizations, and was a friend to many.
"The VEGAS CLUB" in downtown Las Vegas (across the street
from the Plaza) will be the venue for this year's 3 move National from July 21
thru 25. Rates have gone up in Las Vegas this year but we were able to get a
special room rate of only $29 (plus tax, Sun - Thurs) and $55 (plus tax, Fri &
Sat). These are still excellent rates for a strip hotel. There is a $15 per weekday
differential for players. So, players will need to provide an
additional $75 per player at registration, as the hotel will not collect this for us. Any
non-playing guests with separate rooms will only have to pay $29 plus tax for
weekdays total for players at the Vegas Club. Also Friday
and Saturday rates for July 18, 19 and for July 25, 26 will be only $55.
That's a great deal! Two players can share a room and cut the already low room
rate by half. We have booked 40 rooms so players should get in their
reservations before June 15th to make sure they take advantage of the special rate. To make your reservation, call the central reservation
#1-800-634-6575 and tell them you want to place your reservation at the VEGAS
CLUB (not the Plaza) and make sure to mention the American Checker Federation
special rate. We expect this event to attract the best players in the world.
There will be three divisions as usual: Masters, Majors, Minors.
Regarding the call-in number 1-800-634-6575, note that the Plaza Hotel handles the room reservations for the Vegas Club, which does not
have their own reservations line (same owner for both hotels). Gerry Lopez has bargained good rates for us, and he was the only one who
offered a National bid. Gerry tells me this will be his last Las Vegas bid,
so please consider supporting what will probably conclude the “Las Vegas era”
For the first time ever the National will be followed by the
9th. District Open (the Western States Championship) which will take place on
Sunday, July 27 and Monday July 28 and perhaps July 29 if a playoff is needed
for the championship. All three events will take place at the Vegas Club.
Let's all try to make this one of the biggest Nationals ever to show people
that checkers is a thriving game. Players have asked about the price of food
in Las Vegas. Las Vegas, one of the top tourist attractions in the world, is
without a doubt the least expensive attraction in the world when it comes to
food. In downtown Las Vegas you can eat a buffet luncheon fit for a king for
$8. For those on a tight budget there are plenty of fast food restaurants in
the area. Food is inexpensive because the hotels want to attract players to
their gambling tables so we can thank the gamblers for the lowest food prices
in the world at a great tourist attraction, Bon appetite!” -----Gerry Lopez
ACF Player Rep.
LAS VEGAS, "ALMOST FREE"
When tourists cross the
border from San Diego into Tijuana, Mexico, to go shopping, the favorite
expression of the store vendors as the tourists go by is "almost free".
Las Vegas, one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world is
probably the least expensive of them all. A $30 room is Las Vegas will
cost about $300 in London or Tokyo. You can spend big bucks in London,
Tokyo, or Paris or other tourist attractions for meals. In Las Vegas meals
cost less than in any other tourist attraction in the world. At the Plaza
a great buffet dinner costs less than $8. Friends have told me that
they've spent $40 to $60 for similar dinners abroad. Las Vegas has amazing
sights in and out of the city if one has the time to enjoy them. Red Rock
Canyon and Valley of Fire are two surprising places to visit close to the Las
Vegas. The billion $ buildings in Vegas are a must to see. For those
who have the time, I recommend that you try to enjoy the fantastic sights.
Gerry Lopez, former Vegas guide. P.S. - A room for two for your family is
only $29 from Sunday thru Thursday, July 20 thru 24. Just mention the
checkers special rate.
THE NATIONAL NEEDS OUR SUPPORT
Our biggest event of the
year is always the U.S. Championship. Unfortunately, games are usually
considered worthwhile or important if they have a decent prize fund. Prize
funds for checkers have been laughed at in the past by outsiders because of the
small prize funds for some of our National events. We can definitely
improve the image of checkers and interest in the game if all checker players
contributes $10 or more for our National. This year, to encourage
contributions, each player who contributes $10 or more will receive a copy of 50
selected games of the championship event. We can have a good prize fund if
every player who can afford $10 helps out. All contributions will be
credited in the American Checker Federation Bulletin and on the ACF Forum
website. Please send your donation of pledge to Gerry Lopez, ACF Rep.,
41858 Corte Selva, Temecula, CA 92591 or
firstname.lastname@example.org Any questions, call Gerry (951) 695-2499.
The above has been approved by Alan Millhone, President ACF.
Pledges so far: 1. Wilma Wolverton
2. Alan Millhone 3. Solomon Millhone 4. Forest Millhone 5.
George Stallsworth 6. Bob Murr 7. Dick Fortman 8. Rich
Beckwith 9. Paul Stein 10. Nico Pradenas 11. Gerry Lopez
12. John Webster 13. Sol Fenster 14. John Gibson
15. Al Darrow 16. Bob Finchum 17. Ken Schultz 18. Ken
Christian 19. California Checker Association 20. Nery Cardenas
21. Howard Gain 22. Paul Morris 23. Jim Loy 24. Frank Jacobo
25. Sal Cicero 26. Louis Cowie 27. Bob Newell 28. J.R.
Smith 29. Todd Stewart 30. Mac Banks 31. Lisle Cormier
32. Ken Shoesmith (Can.) 33. Leonard Hickman 34. C.W.
Nuss 35. Jim Morrison 36. Bert Zymet 37. Dr. Robert Shuffett
38. Richard Vanderwert 39. Clyde Noll 40. Cory Modich
41. Gene Ellison 42. Ted Williamson 43. Paul Lyons
44. Joe Schwartz.
Please add your name to help our game. Support your
game by adding to the list. Send your pledge by mail, email, or phone to
Gerry Lopez, address above.
Orbits has flight out of GSO-LAS (round trip1
person $192, 238, 244, 314 total tax & fees)
continues to increase closer to dates. Or log on Northwestern or
Continental Airlines. Remember to reserve your Vegas Club room by June 15th
(actually you should schedule flights early as possible to save on flight
2008 Tournament Dates