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Rudi Azimullah
President
Dr. Gerard Landais
Vice President
Yevgeniy (Eugene) Sklyarov
Secretary
Robert Capriata
International Checkers Community Liason
Lyublyana (Luba) Turiy
Technical Director / Treasurer
Alexander (Alex) Rudnitsky
Logistics Support


Dr. Joseph Leon Paul
Former President
 
Dr. Paul is a medical doctor, a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon, a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic surgery. Completed extended training: 2 years of General surgery in Baltimore with rotation at Johns Hopkins University and the Choc Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland ( 1977-1979),1 year at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY (1979-1980), 3 years of Orthopedic Surgery Columbia University program based at Harlem Hospital, 1 year fellowship at the Hospital For Special Surgery(HHS), Cornell University, Junior Attending at New York Hospital (1983-1984). Has been in private practice since 1984. Spends a lot of time in Haiti where he opened a medical rehabilitation center to help the earthquake survivors. The center provides free medical care, physical therapy and psychological counseling to the people of the South East of Haiti and already helped 2050 persons, among them 725 children.  Dr. Paul's generous donations and enthuasism made it possible to create and keep ICAONA alive.
"I started playing International Checkers at a very early age..I was 8 years old. Edy Volel was then my mentor in the game. I believe thatin its own way, checkers simulate life itself with its turns and twists. One thing I have learned in life is patience... A good checker player cannot be impulsive."
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Dr. Gerard Landais
Vice President 

Dr. Landais is also a medical doctor, working full time for New York hospital.  He brings energy and passion to our organization.

He is also our own photo reporter. We should thank him for beautiful collection of US Open 2009 pictures!


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Yevgeniy (Eugene) Sklyarov
Secretary 

Yevgeniy started to play checkers when he was 12.  "When I played my first game, I wanted to become the best player in the world.  I felt that this was my game, and it became part of me." Yevgeniy's persistence paid well as he became twice a World Champion among juniors - in 1976 and 1979. He was a member of national USSR's international checkers team from 1981 to 1984 and was an assistant to Vadim Virniy in 1984 World Championship against Harm Wirsma.  After immigration to USA in 1992, Yevgeniy became twice a champion of United States in 1993 and 1994. Yevgeniy's full-time job is a school bus driver and chess instructor in school clubs.
"Learning how to play checkers and working toward my successes was the best time in my life.  I see my task as a new secretary of ICAONA to find the ways to grow the popularity of 100-square checkers in USA and getting children and young adults to become new fans of this game, to let it grow."

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Robert Capriata
International Checkers Community Liason 

Robert was born in Trinidad and now resides in USA. "I used to work for the Water company in Trinidad, here in the USA I do different kinds of work: I do vending for Aramark, security work, sales, etc.... There's lots of things I love to do for hobbies.  For sports I play cricket, soccer, volleyball, do swimming and gymnastics.  I love to play the mandolin, playing for almost 30 years,  played in few groups also.
As for draughts, I can talk about them on many pages, but here is the basics: I got introduced to this game by my grandfather when I was 9 years old. From then on I fell in love with this game. I've been studying it pretty much all my life, while other people are sleeping I am studying, and I don't like to lose, lol!" 

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Lyublyana (Luba) Turiy
Technical Director / Treasurer

"I am a daughter of a great checker player and composer who adored the game. My two uncles played too, one of them was my first coach. There were always my dad's fellow players visiting or staying with us, so naturally, for me it wasn't a choice to learn the game and get married to another great player myself... I like the game, the excitement and emotions, the ups and downs of winning and losing. It taught me patience, the ability to accept with dignity both victory and defeat. I also was able to travel to different places for tournaments and meet a lot of good friends through checkers.
When my dad became first VP of ICAONA, I helped him with tasks, such as designing the website, accounting and serving as a referee. When we lost him, I felt responsible to not let his last baby project fail.  I know he would have been proud of what ICAONA grew to, and it makes my family's sorrow a little smaller.  Yet, I miss playing the game and when I walk down the isles to see others play, I envy them and hope that one day I can pass my referree's duties to someone else and play my own games!  For now though, my short term goal is to do everything to make ICAONA and our yearly US Open tournaments well-known and respected around the world, thus to keep Kolman Turiy's name and legacy alive for next generation of players who had not been lucky enough to know him personally."

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Alexander (Alex) Rudnitsky
Logistics Support

Alex is a successful businessman who is able to combine the crazy work schedule travelling all over the world with his love for checkers.  Alex is national GrandMaster of USA, former US Champion of in 2002 and 2008, and a winner of many other international events. Former pupil of Kolman Turiy, after his untimely death Alexander stepped in to help out with memorial tournaments.  ICAONA must thank Alex for doing a lot of leg work to nail down and secure his home town, a beautiful city of Sunny Isles Beach in Florida, as a many-years host town for conducting ICAONA's yearly US championships and now for last three years, international US Open events. Alex also is a permanent writer of a checkers column in a local Sunny Isles Beach newspaper "Novaja Florida".

 

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