Con McCarrick is the present holder of the British and Irish Free Style Championships. He is also the challenger to Ron King for the World Freestyle championship. Don Lafferty and Ron King will play for the world ballot opening championship. (Actually Ron King is the first person to hold the two championships together, Derek Oldury held the two championships at separate times.)

Con McCarrick was in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1982 for playing 154 people simultaneously in Dundalk, Ireland. He lost 1 game, drew 17 and won 136.