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Dr. Marion F. Tinsley
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Richard Hallett


A biography by Richard Fortman

Richard was born Dec 2, 1929 in Lynn, MA. He was a checker prodigy at age 15 defeating the veteran Maine master Ray Gould in both the 1946 and 1947 New Eng. Tys and also winning over another prodigy, 16 year old Leonard Rosenfield of Boston in the finals. He entered in the strong 1950 Paxton US Open finishing in 10th place losing only to Chamblee while drawing with Ryan, Levitt and Bruch. Richard moved temporarily to Nashville, TN winning the 1950 SO States Ty. Hallett then dropped from sight in all checker circles before surfacing 25 years later as a handicapper in a Miami, FL dog track. There he met checker expert Joe Schwartz and was persuaded to return to the game and won both the 1978 and 1979 FL Open Tys. He then moved to Poughkeepsie NY to work for Schwartz's real estate Co.

His US open Ty record is;
1980 - 3rd
1982 - 3rd
1984 - 2nd
1986 - 8th
1988 - 4th
1990 - 4th
1992 - 4th
1994 - 8th
1996 - 2nd where, as runner up to the world champion, Ron King, he is again eligible to challenge for the world 3-move match title.

In 1991, after the resignation of world champion, Marion Tinsley, and the withdrawal of Asa Long, Richard was selected as the USA representative to challenge Derek Oldbury for the world 3-move match title. The match was played in Weston Super-Mare, Eng Oct 1991 with Oldbury winning 7-4-27. Hallett also played two stake matches with Oldbury; a 20 game 3-move match in 1985 ending in a draw 2-2-16, a 20 game 11 man ballot match in 1986 with Hallett winning 4-3-13.

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