Batavia Downs to host checkers exhibition with John Herberger

CONTRIBUTEDCheckers Master Player John Herberger of Akron, right, will be in a 10-game checkers exhibition at Batavia Downs on June 24; he'll play anybody who wants to try to beat him. Here, Herberger plays checkers champion Ken Shoesmith of Hamilton, Ontario, in 2014.


BATAVIA — Nationally ranked checkers player John Herberger of Akron will play 10 games of checkers at once against opponents at 34 Rush sports bar, Batavia Downs, on June 24.

Herberger, who has ranked as high as 55th in the United States among checkers players, holds the title of master and has placed in several local and international tournaments over the years.

There are 10 spots in each checkers exhibition at Batavia Downs; the exhibitions begin at noon, 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. To reserve a spot to play against Herberger, email with the subject line: CHECKERS and indicate the time you would like to play. Walk-ins will be welcomed, too. There's no fee to compete — or just watch.

Anyone who beats Herberger at checkers will win dinner for two and a free night's stay in the hotel at Batavia Downs.

“We’re excited to put on this exhibition,” said Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of Batavia Downs. “John is not only one of the best local players, but someone who has competed and succeeded in checkers games all over the world. I know I’ll be trying my hand at taking him on that day, and I challenge everyone out there to do the same!”