Friday, April 8, 2016

Upcoming events

Italian president Sergio Mattarella congratulating world and Olympiad champion Michele Borghetti on his successful 2015 title defense against the challenger Lubabulo Kondlo of South Africa.

The three move world qualifier will be held on June 9-12th in Rome, Italy. This will be tightly contested by at least five world champion level competitors for the right to challenge Borghetti in 2017. The United States 3 move Nationals will be held July 27-30 in Branson, MO. Prize is currently $15,025 plus a couple thousand for the master's division from the Gene Lindsey fund.

The following ICF representatives are expected to be attending the United States Nationals: myself, Alfredo Mercado, Eric Strange and Lorne Wells. 

Here is also a blog by the Japanese with references to some of my old rankings if you have not seen it yet: http://boardgame.blog36.fc2.com/

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2012 World ICF Ranking (repost)

1. The warrior Max aka Adam Johnson - the strongest player in the history of the ICF, has defeated numerous world class opponents including world champions, world contenders and grandmasters.
2. Alex "the Russian bear" Mosieyev - World and Olympiad champion, has not been seen since Jay beat him in a position out of his own book, "the fugitive king" (see image above).
3. Michele Borghetti - his smart choice in choosing kurnik for his future training will help him greatly once he focus 100% on American checkers.
4. Sergio Scarpetta - recently earned the respect of offline players world wide by winning the 2011 freestyle world qualifer, Mosieyev has now officially admitted in public that the best kurnik players can compete at the world level.
5. Jay - he came back from years of absence and was able to dominate again, Jay was a former world online checkers champion but now the competition has became stiffer.
6. Jolt aka Keith Hong - the American born Chinese master has proven time and again his high level. In recent times, the Thailand born American naturalized Chee was able to win the world Asian checkers champion title from him but he remains undoubtedly the best Asian player in the world.
7. Alfredo Mercado - the legendary Fredo lost his warrior spirit in his 2011 battles with Jolt and seems to be in a depression, has not been playing like a madman like he use to.
8. Ray - still avoiding top competition but is still one of the best, he convincingly defeated the Italian grandmaster Sergio recently.
9. Chee "the investigator" Xiong - is the current world 1/0 freestyle champion by defeating Fredo 24-20, though Darion aka the game still plays here and there he is currently retired from serious play.
10. Matteo Bernini - he is a future legend.
11. Qijch - out of practice
12. Xeno
13. James
14. Eric Strange
15. Stevo
16. Skinny - he is doing the best he's done in years, recently defeating the game, James and Jolt but lost to Eric Strange and Chee.

Inactive or retired players: Dan (made a failed attempt at coming back and gave up), Midnight, Juan, Mag, Kevin, Daniel, Camron, Darion, Luis, Dale, Pete, Chris...etc.

Only players proven to be capable of playing at a similar enough level in 1/0 are included. Some players can play very good in long timer but in 1/0 their skill is worse than coon's, Jon Mcdonald for example. 1/0 is one of the best ways to prevent people from being able to use performance enhancing aids (programs, databases, books etc.)

Also want to give a shout out to the legendary coon, probably the worse competitive player to have ever played. He once lost a 4 vs 3 position to me in long timer. Coon went on to live with his father in the moutains.

Should Chee "The Investigator" Xiong be allowed to just investigate anyone?

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