Checkers tourney starts today

By Samantha Epps

May 22, 2005

The Anderson City Hall will be the site for the 2005 Checker/Draught Three-Move World Championship Match , which starts today.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m.

Alex Moiseyev, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ron "Suki" King, of Barbados, the top two Three-Move Checkers players in the world, will face off for the World Championship title.

The men will play four games each on 10 days between Monday and June 3.

Competition will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on game days in the City Council chambers of the Anderson City Hall. Average games likely will require 1 to 2 hours, Mr. Moiseyev said.

Mr. Moiseyev said he would arrive in Anderson over the weekend and he looks forward to playing here.

Mr. King could not be reached for comment.

The games will move the Anderson City Council meeting, which will be held at 4:30 p.m., into the municipal courtroom of City Hall.

"We do not mind finding another location for our meeting for such an exciting event," Mayor Richard Shirley said.

The men will divide at least $10,000 in prize money, Mr. Moiseyev said, with the winner taking 60 percent and the loser taking 40 percent. In case of a draw, or tie, the men will divide the money equally, but Mr. Moiseyev would retain the title.

County economic development officials are expecting the event to bring publicity to the Anderson area.



What: Three-Move Checker/Draught World Championship Match

Players: Alexander Moiseyev and Ron "Suki" King

When: opening ceremony at 9 a.m. today, four games per day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through June 3

Where: City Council chambers, Anderson City Hall, 401 S. Main St.


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