1872 to 1926
Checkers Game Champion Alfred Jordan came
from London, and current family state that
he was not related to Richard Jordan. He
was a tobacconist who loved a great game
of checkers and who played on the British
Checkers Game Team against the US in the First International
match checkers game in 1905. He held the
World checker title briefly from 1910-14.
In 1912, Alfred challenged any player in the world
for the Championship title of England but James Ferrie
declined to play, and while Robert Stewart accepted
the challenge, their match was never played. American
checker player, Newell Banks tied Jordan in 1914, and
although Alfred never officially won the title, he
was still considered the World Champion.
In 1917, Jordan was beaten by Newell Banks, and soon
after he moved to the US, where he played for the American
champion checkers game title, but he never won it.
He would have played on the US team in the Second International
checkers match in 1927, but fate, once again, intervened.
Champion Alfred Jordan died suddenly and unexpectedly
on May 7, 1926, in Washington D.C., from kidney failure
at age 54. Jordan played in five National Checkers
Game Tournaments, nearly winning several of them. Known
as "Artful Alfred", he was a
great checker player, and his books and magazines are
all still collectable.