Vidor to host National Checkers Tournament June 1-2

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

To The Leader

Get out the old checker board! Freshen up on your strategy for a two-shot, a trap and your end game. Southeast Texas will once again be the home for a National Checkers Tournament.

There will be trophies and cash prizes. This year, the prize money will be $2,500. That is worth making the effort and more.
The Second Annual District 8 and Texas State Championship Checkers Tournament will be held in Vidor on June 1-2, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express.

Winner of the Tournament will be awarded $750. Every player should receive cash prizes. This tournament is second in cash prizes only to the Nationals held in Las Vegas with a $25,000 prize fund in September.
The Vidor Tournament is recognized by the American Checker Federation as one of the National Tournaments in America. The winner will be the District 8 Champion, which is a five state area of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Kansas.

The Texas resident that wins will be recognized as the Texas State Checkers Champion.

The 2017 District 8 Champion and Texas State Champion was Watson Franks of Vidor.
The cost of the tournament will be $40 and must be registered with the ACF. Registration is possible the morning of the tournament.

There will also be a novice division for new comers with no registration fee and winner will be awarded a Trophy and named Texas State Novice Champion. All ages are welcome.

We hope to have enough youth and children to have a younger division to name a Youth and Children’s Champion.
The tournament will be a 3-move ballot opening tournament for the ACF Sanctioned Tournament. The Amateur Championship will be a Go As You Please. Information may be obtained at Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday morning.

Contact Watson Franks at or call at 409-201-2543 to register in advance. T-Shirts given to the first 10 to register by phone.
Director Watson Franks is a resident of Vidor and also a competitor at National Checkers Tournament.

“We are hoping to have a great turnout of the Southeast Texas Area,” Franks said. “Contestants will be fed the Friday afternoon lunch. Come out and test your skill against the best in the country! Good fund, good fellowship and good food!”