Dear International Checkers Players,
I will start by telling, first of all, how sorry I am for not being able to be with you ...
My wife is battling a terrible disease, a rare form of MELANOMA ( cancer of the skin).
She is very sick and she needs me by her side.
I am not here physically but you are ever present in my mind.
I thank and salute every one of you for responding to our invitation.
ICAONA US OPEN is a celebration of Friendship...Friendship among all International Checkers players of the World.
Thank you Suriname for coming
Thank you Senegal
Thank you Trinidad,..a big hello to my friend Dickson
Thank you Lithuania
Thank you Portugal
Thank you The Netherlands
Thank you Ukraine
Thank you Russia
Thank you Uganda
My thanks go to my fellow American players....The 2 Alex’s who have been of Great Financial help to ICAONA.
To Alex Mogilansky I say HAPPY BIRTHDAY... The Board of ICAONA is very proud of you as a Grand MASTER but mainly because, Alex, you are a Great Human Being....Happy Birthday to You, Alex
My thanks go also to Nicholas Derival and to my personal friend Robert Capriata that I have not seen for a while (welcome back Capriata)!
At this time I would like to ask everybody to stand.........and salute the efforts of LUBA TURIY and YEVGENIY SKYLAROV..They are responsible for the Success of this event. They are great people, Invaluable, dedicated to ICAONA .
To all of you I wish good luck .. You are all Winners by just taking part in this event.
God bless you... See you next year!
President and Founder of Icaona