The acclaimed 2012 documentary King Me is now widely available on-line at a price much lower than the average movie ticket.
King Me, as described on the iTunes website, "explores the surreal world of competitive checkers play as seen through the eyes of South African township resident Lubabalo Kondlo."
Checker fans the world around won't want to miss this outstanding film. Get it from iTunes:
It is also available for purchase or rental from the VUDU streaming service:
Over the next several months we hope to roll out a bit of a "new look" for The Checker Maven.
The idea isn't to change our layout just for the sake of change. But we want to introduce a move animation feature, and our current page arrangement simply isn't suitable.
Please bear with us as we incorporate dynamic new content and design into what we hope is your favorite weekly checker webzine.
If you're in the Oklahoma City area, and you have an afternoon to spare, we can use your help. It's a purely volunteer assignment, of course, but you would be able to assist The Checker Maven in bringing more content to its readership.
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Checker fans around the world know and appreciate John Acker's efforts to bring us the best in checker tournament reporting. In 2011, John took his coverage to a new level providing live internet streaming of the Moiseyev - Borghetti world championship match.
This coming June, Alex and Michele will meet again to contest the world 3-move championship, with the venue moving from the US to Italy.
John naturally plans to be on hand to provide professional quality coverage of the event, including another live video stream.
The only problem is that this will be an expensive undertaking, running to about two months of John's salary. John is requesting the help of checker fans to defray these costs. Just a few dollars each from potential viewers would make a big difference.
Please help make John Acker "go away" to Italy! John explains how you can do just that:
"Thanks in advance for your consideration--- feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 217-778-3451 if you have any questions. As always, you can donate online via the ACF Store (http://www.usacheckers.com/store), or you can send a check or money order to the ACF at P.O. Box 3488, Columbus, OH 43210-3488. Just write "Acker travel fund" on your check, so we know where you want the money to go. I'm really looking forward to visiting Italy, and to making this the best World Championship Match yet!"
With today's publication, The Checker Maven completes eight years of publication without a single missed edition.
We've mentioned before that our new business plan calls for fifteen years of publication rather than the ten years contemplated in our original plan. We hope to be blessed to continue to reach our annual milestones, and we thank all of our many readers for making us the most widely read Anglo-American checkers publication on earth.
Anniversary celebrations at The Checker Maven often involve the publication of a new work of checker fiction, but this year instead we're able to release the long-awaited reissue of Grover and Wiswell's Let's Play Checkers. Continue on to the article below for all the details.
Veteran player and problem composer Bill Salot is sponsoring the second in a series of checker problem composition contests. The first competition produced a pair of very fine problems. You can get all the details of the new contest and a look at the entries in the previous contest here.
You're sure to enjoy these elegantly-crafted problems, but why not make a try at it in your own right? If you don't know where to begin, take a look at some of your own games; surely in one or more of them, either you or your opponent made some nice play that could well be the basis of a problem. It's an entertaining exercise and a great way to learn more about checkers.
We congratulate Mr. Salot on his efforts in promoting the art of checker problem composition.
We have been experiencing ongoing database problems and "Read More" links were out of service this morning. We've fixed this and apologize for the inconvenience.
Our long-term solution is a complete rebuild of our database. That's in progress but it's a big job. In the meanwhile, please bear with us and do let us know if something isn't quite right.
Between January 2 and January 6, 2012, The Checker Maven site will be doing a major software update. While we anticipate only minimal downtime, things do happen and we ask for your patience and understanding if the site does happen to experience a longer than anticipated outage.
Followup: As of January 3, 2012, the update has been completed. Please do let us know if there is anything that doesn't seem to work correctly.
The Checker Maven is now seven years old, and as we say every year, we never thought we'd make it this far. It's only thanks to you, our readers, that we've enjoyed success and acceptance far beyond our wildest dreams.
We've mentioned before that our original business plan called for ten years of publication. We're happy to say that we've extended the plan to encompass fifteen years of weekly columns. It will be a challenge, and we hesitate to predict the future, but it's something that we're more than glad to take on.
If we make it to the end of our newly projected run, then in the year 2019 we'll be looking for someone else to take over. But that's a long ways off, and right now we're too busy with new ideas for your weekly checker entertainment. Here's to many more columns to come!
Alex Moiseyev retained his 3-move World Championship title with a narrow win over Italian challenger Michele Borghetti in a match characterized by sportsmanship, great play, and much excitement. The final score was 7-6 with 27 draws.
Links to full details can be found on the American Checker Federation website (linked in the left-hand column). We are all grateful to John Acker for streaming the entire match live over the internet, providing hours of checker entertainment to many fans around the world.