2008 Chicago Big-Board Tourney  

The 2008 Chicago Big-Board Tourney will be held on the weekend of
July 19th & 20th 2008 (Saturday & Sunday)

Dear Checker friends:
  Thanks to a generous donation from Donell Guy, we are pleased to announce the Chicago Big-Board Tourney on the weekend of July 19-20, right after the National Pool Checkers Tourney.  The prize fund will be guaranteed at least $600.
  This tournament will not award titles, and no organization membership is required.  Don and I agree that we need more opportunities to play the wonderful game of 100-square checkers.
  Please reply and give me a clue whether you might be interested in attending on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, 2008.  Space may be limited, so we would like to get some idea of how many will attend.

BTW - Panama Williams and Charles Thompson will be there.
Best regards,
Roger Blaine, PO Box 353, Osceola, IN 45561   reblaine@hotmail.com


2008 Chicago Big-Board Tourney
July 19th & 20th at Holiday Inn - Countryside/Lagrange

NO Player City-State Points H Points Cash Comments
1 Charles Thompson Carol Stream, IL 10   $300.00

 wins Big-Board

2 Orlando Williams  Chicago, IL 7   $150.00


3 Neil Wenberg Harmony, PA 4   $50.00  
4 Ramon Dionisio Darien, IL 4   $50.00


5 Donell Guy NewCastle, DE 4   $50.00  
6 Roger Blaine   Mishawaka, IN 1      

Total Cash



   Charles "Pecan" Thompson, Carol Stream, Illinois, won the Chicago Big-Board Checkers tournament on Saturday, July 19, 2008, with a perfect 10 points in 5 games.   He defeated his fellow Chicago master, Orlando "Panama" Williams, in the climactic last round.  Williams had been nicked for a draw by Neil Wenberg in an earlier games, so he needed a win, not a draw, to stop Thompson.  But it was not to be, and Williams placed second with 7.
   The 6-player tourney was held in the Holiday Inn-Countryside/Lagrange, near Chicago, after the end of the National Pool Checkers Tournament.  Dr. Don Guy, New Castle, Delaware, guaranteed a $600 prize fund, and Roger Blaine was the tournament director.  CROSSTABLE
A pleasant surprise was the appearance of Ramon Dionisio, of nearby Darien, Ill., who is one of the strong young players of straight checkers.  Dionisio had just learned the 100-square game two months ago, playing on the Internet, and did well against the older experienced players!   Dionisio, Wenberg, and Guy tied for third with 4 points each

Submitted by Roger Blaine, July 20, 2008 9:55 PM email

2008 Tournament Dates