Indiana State & District 6

August 28th  & 29th  2009 

Dear Checker fans,
  The 2009 Indiana State and District 6 Checker Tournament will be held on Friday & Saturday, August 28-29 in Shipshewana, LaGrange County in Northern Indiana, 18 miles east of Elkhart.
  We hope you will come and join us in Amish Country, and I must warn you, some of our Amish friends here are pretty good in checkers!
  Our site is the third floor of the Davis Mercantile building, an all-wooden indoor mall with 23 shops inside, the largest building in Shipshewana. This is one block east of Van Buren St. (Indiana Route 5).  There are plenty of touristy things to see and do in Shipshewana, including a huge Hudson automobile museum.
  We expect to play 4 rounds on Friday, Aug. 28, starting in late morning or noon, and three on Saturday, Aug. 29.  More details will be announced later.
  There are 5 motels in Shipshewana and also some in nearby Howe and LaGrange.   A recommended one is Der Ruhe Blatz ("The Resting Place"), 1195 S. Van Buren St., (State Rt. 5),  phone (260) 768-7750, rates $68 one bed, $78 two beds, plus tax.

Best regards,
Roger Blaine

Contact Roger Blaine,  (574) 257-9033,

Here's their Flyer:


CHECKERS TOURNEY -- AUG. 28-29, 2009 

Come to Northern Indiana's Amish country!

(warning: some of the Amish players are pretty good!)

 Location:  Davis Mercantile Bldg., 3rd floor, 255 E. Main St., Shipshewana, IN

(Shipshewana is 20 miles east of Elkhart)

 Divisions:  A, B, Friday beginners, Saturday beginners.   Class A and B:  Entry fee $15.

American Checker Federation (ACF) membership ($25 per year) required in Class A.  Special deal: if you are not an ACF member, entry fee + membership for $30. 

Both A and B, 7 rounds (2 games per round with 3-move opening restriction) starting Friday 11, 1, 3, and 5;  Saturday 9, 11, and 1.

Cash and/or merchandise prizes.  Top-scoring Indiana resident in Class A will be State Champion! 

Top-scoring resident of Ind., Ill., Mich., or Ohio will be District 6 Champion!

 Beginners tourneys (2 separate events!) start Friday 8/28 at 12 noon, and Sat. 8/29 at 9 a.m.  Recommended for young players or those who have never competed in a tournament.  Approx. 5 rounds depending on number of entries.  Go-As-You-Please openings.

Entry fee $10 for one day, or $15 for both days, Merchandise prizes.

Please bring standard equipment (red & white checkers and green & buff board) if possible.  We will also have some for sale at the tournament.

Organizer:  Roger Blaine, P.O. Box 353,  Osceola, IN 46561.  (574) 257-9033.

 Best motel dealDer Ruhe Blatz Motel, 1 bed $68 + tax, 2 beds $78 + tax.  1195 S. Van Buren St.

(260) 768-7750.

(Van Buren, or Indiana Route 5, is the main north-south road in Shipshewana.)

Others nearby:  Super 8, 740 S. Van Buren, (260) 768.4004;  Amish Country Inn, 800 S. Van Buren, (260) 768-7688;  Country Inn & Suites, 1175 N. Van Buren, (260) 768-7780;  Farmstead Inn, 370 S. Van Buren, (260) 768-4595.  There are also motels in nearby LaGrange and Howe, IN, and Sturgis, MI.


2009 Tournament Dates