77th Illinois 101 Counties Open Tournament
( Usually scheduled 1st weekend in October)

October 1st & 2nd, 2011, Illinois Centre Mall Food Court, Marion, IL 62959

Gary Ellison 2010 IL101 clip.JPG (29518 bytes)

Congratulations, Gary!
Wins 2011 IL 101Open & IL 101 Class A

A Class
Finish Player City, State  Rated  Pts  Prize Comments
1  Gary Ellison  Eldorado, IL 2043 21 $100.00  2011 IL 101 Class A Champion
2  Ramon Dionisio  Darien, IL 2127 20 $65.00  
3  Don West  Mayfield, KY 2180 19 $50.00  
4  John Grisley  Marion, IL 2003 14 $35.00  
5  Earl Kennell  Roanoke, IL 1803 13 $25.00  
6  Flavious Burgess  Fancy Farm, KY 2046 11 $15.00  
7  Roger Doll  O'Fallon, IL 1846 7 $10.00  


Harvey Powell 2011Southern clip.jpg (101115 bytes)

Howard Hoover 2011MO clip.jpg (35728 bytes)
Congratulations, Harvey!
2011 IL 101Open Class B Champ
Congratulations, Howard!
2011 IL 101Class B Champion

B Class
Finish Player City, State  Rated  Pts  Cash Comments
1  Harvey Powell  Hendersonville, TN 1877 23 $50.00  2011 IL 101 Open Class B Champion
2  Leonard Hickman  Culleoka, TN 1835 18 $40.00  
3  Howard Hoover  Odin, IL 1735 13 $30.00  2011 IL 101 Class B Champion
4  Jennifer Kelton  Mt.Vernon, IL 1342 2 $20.00  
Ratings from WCDF July/September 2011, No. 8  - Submitted by Roger Doll, via email Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:05 PM  

The 77th Illinois 101 Counties Tournament was held in Marion, IL on October 1st and 2nd, 2011. Total attendance was eleven players. After discussions, we formed an A Class of 7 players and a B Class of 4 players. The A Class played a round-robin tournament. The B Class played two round-robin cycles then a king-of-the-hill pair for the last round.  Total cash prize of $440.00.

Gary Ellison won the A class and is both the Illinois 101 Champion and the Tournament Champion. In the B Class Howard Hoover took the Illinois 101 B Class honor, while Harvey Powell was the top player in the B Class. Congratulation to these winners.

Illinois Checker Association elected new officers: President, Ramon Dionisio; V Pres, Howard Hoover; and re-elected Sec & Treas, Roger Doll.

The Illinois 101 is a seven round 3-move tournament. A total prize fund of $440 was distributed. The Illinois 101 Counties Tournament was founded in the 1920s for downstate checker players at a time when players from Chicago, Illinois dominated the Illinois checker scene with several active checker clubs and also home of such checker greats as Alfred Jordan, Joe Duffy, S.S. Bell, G. M. Tanner and Frank R. Wendemuth. The state of Illinois has 102 counties. Excluding Chicago’s Cook County gives us the name, Illinois 101 Counties Tournament. The first 101 Counties Tourney was in February 19 thru 20, 1926 the "Illinois Down State Tournament" was held at Champaign with H.H. Lewis winning the title. In 1977 the tournament became an open tournament for all players.

Submitted by Roger Doll, Secretary/Treasurer, 101 Tournament.

2011 Tournament Dates  |  Class A Crosstable  |  Class B Crosstable   |   2010 Illinois 101 Results