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Checkers In The News
Elbert Lowder

Reigning Three-Move checkers World Champion, Alex "The Mad Russian" Moiseyev, sitting to the right, concentrates on his next move against Elbert Lowder during the National Checkers, Tournament in Medina, Ohio.

Chuck Bowen wrote the following checkers news account of his impressions on the National 3-Move Checkers Championship held in Medina, Ohio. This tournament was to be Elbert Lane Lowder’s last checkers competition:

“There are no giant screens streaming instant replays. There are no banners or face paint. There are no television cameras. And there certainly are no screaming fans.
A weeklong national checkers tournament started Monday in this small town about 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, Ohio. Packed into a dimly lit conference room at a hotel sandwiched between a fast food restaurant and a gas station, more than 40 players from 17 states and two foreign countries vied for their part of a $6,000 purse and a chance to claim the title of US Checkers Champion...”

This 3-Move tournament was organized by the ACF and in the 3-Move Restriction style the first three moves in each game are dictated by a randomly drawn card so that this method evens the playing field during the course of the tournament's 32 games, giving each player a fair chance at opening moves.

Forty-one competitors such as Alex Moiseyev and Ron King came to the small town of Medina from Barbados, Canada, and across the United States. This was to become Elbert Lowder’s final checkers tournament in the news.

For more than 50 years in checker news, he dominated the North Carolina checkers scene. “He’s done about all you could do in the world of checkers,” said J.R. Smith, secretary of the N.C. Checker Association. “He’s probably played more games than anyone alive.”
Smith also said that Elbert Lowder never really received the respect he deserved as a Grandmaster player of the checkers game because “He always seemed to be in the shadow of Marion Tinsley (who is widely considered the greatest player of all time. He always played right beside Tinsley and the greats, but never could quite beat them.” Nonetheless, Lowder became somewhat of a pioneer in the game, dominating the 11-Man Ballot, which Smith said was hard to master because it took so many moves.
Lowder’s partner, Tim Laverty, said that the pair worked well in tandem and encouraged each other to become stronger players.

“Elbert Lowder would always have his board,” Laverty said. “He would come up with an idea, his own little innovation and I would try to knock it out. Two great players together can really help each other. It was give and take.” Laverty remembered Elbert an easy going fellow who was a genius at the checkers game. Smith said that world-class players like Elbert Lowder “certainly have a brilliant mind,” and an average checker player wouldn't stand a chance against him. “There’s no way an average player could play with Elbert,” he said. “Elbert Lowder had so many patterns memorized; he could immediately recognize what they did wrong.”

Elbert Lane Lowder passed away on December 14, 2006, and left an amazing checkers legacy to both young and old game enthusiasts as well as to novice players and Grandmaster checkerboard champions. He will remain as a living memory in the hearts of many nationally and internationally in the checkers arena.

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Elbert Lowder in Checkers Tournaments

Elbert Lowder vs Angus Simpson with Harry Anderson vs Ed Scheidt next to them

1975 North Carolina State Tournament
Elbert Lowder vs Angus Simpson with Harry Anderson vs Ed Scheidt next to them.

“Elbert was an unpretentious, non-materialistic man, our friend and our own North Carolina Grandmaster. With painful sadness we express our love and friendship for him as he passed on to a higher life. We will miss him unfathomably but as long as we play checkers, Elbert will be with us in our hearts and thoughts whenever we unfold a
checkerboard!”

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2003 Tennessee Checkers Tourney Nationals
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2004 3-Move Checkers
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2005 NC Checker Champion
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1st Round Masters 2006 Alex Moiseyev vs Elbert Lowder
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1st Round Masters
2006
Alex Moiseyev vs Elbert Lowder
3rd Round Masters 2006 Jim Morrison vs Elbert Lowder
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3rd Round Masters
2006
Jim Morrison vs Elbert Lowder
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2006
Larry Keen vs Elbert Lowder
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2006
Elbert L vs Michael Holmes
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8th Round Masters
2006
Elbert Lowder vs Clayton

2007 Tournament News

This Tournament was dedicated to the memory and in honor of Checkers Grandmaster Elbert L. Lowder.


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