A biography by Richard Fortman

Elbert Lowder was born March 3, 1932 in Albemarle, North Carolina. He started playing checkers at age 16, and in his first event placed 5th in the 1949 Sourthern States Tournament at age 17. Elbert won his first tournament in 1952 at age 20 in the North Carolina State Tournament. He now resides in Sanford, North Carolina where he owns and operates a music store, along with his checker partner, Tim Laverty. There is little doubt Elbert has played in more checker events than anyone else in modern times and probably all times as is testified below by his records in the major tournaments. These records are not complete and do not include the endless lesser events such as State and District Tournaments. His match record will be added later.

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