Current Checkers Tournaments in the USA.
Checkers Around the World
World Draughts/Checkers FederationsAs the popularity of World Checkers/Draughts increased worldwide over time, so did the need for regulations or a standard system of play that extended beyond the rules of the traditional checkers game and each variant derived from the original checkers version.
So it was 1947 that saw the creation of Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames (FMJD) or also called, the World Draughts Federation. This organized body of sports federations was founded by France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland with a central mandate to regulate the competition on world championship checkers tournaments.
Since 1897, world champions have been declared between France and the Netherlands and the world draughts federation has seen an increasing number of countries join the FMJD so that this desire for a more regular level of competition has eventually led to an international checkers/draughts organization.
From its early conception, the World Draughts Federation has grown to include at least fifty participating national federations from all over the world. These national sports bodies are conjoined to create regional confederations: European Draughts Confederation, Asian Draughts Confederation, African Draughts Confederation and the Pan American Draughts Confederation.
The federation’s website states the following: “FMJD (World Draughts Federation) is the international sport body uniting national draughts federations. FMJD is a member of GAISF and strives to the Olympic recognition. Our strength is in the unity of draughts.”
With reference to the GAISF, the FMJD also states that recently it “has become a member of the GAISF, the General Association of International Sport Federations, the umbrella organization for all internationally recognized sports, Olympic and ~ in the case of draughts ~ non-Olympic. As such, the FMJD membership…is part of a more general movement towards integration of mind sports in the regular sports arenas, a development that in the vision of the FMJD is to be lauded.”
For numerous decades, the world title competition has been part of the mind sports arena with a succession of world champions remaining unbroken since the early founding days. Where once there was a more bilateral struggle between the competitors of France and the Netherlands, 1956 saw two other nations emerge to produce champions from other corners of the world when Canada and the still existing Soviet Union joined the competition to form a multilateral championship struggle.
Then in 1963, a Senegalese checkers challenger, the late Baba Sy, joined the scene to bid for the world title, which he indeed did win. However, the Netherlands continued to challenge for the highest title of world champion and soon the contenders would come from the Netherlands and the Soviet Union during the following decades. Russia emerged to dominate the champion scene after the fall of the Soviet regime.
African Draughts Confederations:
Federation Burkinabe du Jeu de Dames
Côte d'Ivoire Federation Ivoirienne du Jeu de Dames
Cameroon Federation Camerounaise de Jeu de Dames
Congo Federation Congolaise du Jeu de Dames FNDA
Gambia Gambian Draughts Federation
Guinee Federation GuinÃ©enne du Jeu de Dames et des Echecs
Lebanon Federation Libanaise du Jeu de Dames (expatriot)
Mali Federation Malienne du Jeu de Dames
Mauritania Federation Mauritanienne du Jeu de Dames
Senegal Federation Senegalaise du Jeu de Dames
Somali Somali Draughts Sport Association
South Africa South African Wargames Union
Uganda Uganda Amateur Draughts Association
Asian Draughts Confederation:
India Draughts Federation of India
Kazachstan Draughts Federation of Kazachstan
Mongolia Mongolian Federation of Draughts
Turkmenistan Draughts Federation of Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Draughts Federation
European Draughts Confederation:
Armenia Armenian Draughts Federation
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Draughts Federation
Belarus Belarus Draughts Federation
Belgium Koninklijke Belgische Dambond
Croatia Croatian Draughts Federation
Czech Republic Ceska Federace Damy
Danmark Danish Draughts Federation
England English Draughts Association
Estonia Estonian Draughts Federation
France FÃ©d. francaise du jeu de dames
Georgia Georgian Draughts Federation
Germany Interessengemeinschaft Damespiel in Deutschland
Israel Israeli Draughts Federation
Italy Federazione Italiana Dama
Latvia Latvian Draughts Federation Union
Lithuania Lithuanian Draughts Federation
Moldavia Draughts Federation of Moldavia
Netherlands Koninklijke Nederlandse Dambond
Poland Polish Draughts Federation
Russia All-Russian Federation of Draughts
Slovenia Slovenian Draughts Federation
Switzerland Federation Suisse du Jeu de Dames
Ukraine Ukrainian Draughts Federation
Wales Cymdeithas Draffts Cymru
Pan-American Draughts Confederation:
Barbados Barbados Draughts Association
Brazil Confederacao Brasileira de Jogo de Damas
Canada Federation Canadienne du jeu de Dames
Costa Rica Asociacion Costarricense del Juego de Damas
Curaçao Curaçaose Dambond
Dominican Republic Federacion Dominicana de Juego de Damas
Grenada Grenada Draughts Association
Haiti Federation Haitienne du Jeu de Dames
Jamaica Jamaica Board Games Foundation
Panama Asociacion Panamena de Juego de Damas
Suriname Surinaamse Dambond
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Draughts Association
USA American Checker Federation
USA American Pool Checkers Association
USA American International Checkers Society
Australia Australian Draughts Federation
The World of Checkers/Draughts is not limited to the far reaching hand of the world wide confederations as numerous other federations and associations are part of this mind sport phenomenon.
California Checker Association CALCA
Canadian Checker Association CCA
Czech Union Of Draughts CUD
Illinois State Checkers Association ICA
Lancashire Draughts Association LDA
Missouri Checker Association MCA
New Zealand Draughts Association NZDA
North Carolina Checker Association NCCA
Northwest Draughts Federation NDF (Ireland)
Portuguese Draughts Federation FPD
Quebec Checker Association QCA
Scottish Draughts Association SDA
Welsh Draughts Association WDAThe membership within the mind sport games of the World Checkers/Draughts Federation has grown by leaps and bounds, so much so that there exist an abundant number of clubs within flourishing cities and hometowns of the participating federation countries and associations around the world.
Within the US, the game of Pool Checkers has become exceedingly popular and the following list shows the associations and clubs across the country.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Augusta Pool Checker Club
Macon Pool Checkers Club
Savannah Checker Club
Detroit American Pool Checker Club
Flint Pool Checkers Club
St. Louis Pool Checker Club
West Harlem Salvation Army Center
Piedmont Pool Checkers Association
Midwest Ohio Pool Checker Association
Toledo Club 15 Checker Association
From the time the World Draughts (Checkers) Federation was founded, the priority was to ensure that championship checkers games followed a quality standard and rule set that guaranteed a high level of competition and challenge.
Over time, the world draughts federation widened its scope of activities so that the focus was not only on male champions and their world titles, but eventually, in 1973, championships for women were incorporated into the mandate of the sport body. This was followed by championships for juniors in 1977, cadets in 1988 and girls in 1989.
During the early years of the Federation, since 1965, the organizing committee arranged championship tournaments and these were based in continental Europe. In 1967, the FMJD began ‘Olympiads’, which were team championships for senior players and then these were followed in 1987 for junior players.
It quickly became apparent that Checkers/Draughts
games and master players were not confined
to Europe and gradually the game activities
in other parts of the world were recognized
by the World Draughts (Checkers) Federation
as they, too, were given greater importance
in this mind sport. As a result, a more developed
system of tournament play was created and
continental tournaments were born. Today,
these championships are held in Europe, Africa,
Asia and North America.
From this new system of tournaments sprang the need for conjoined continental confederations that would carry the authority and the mandate to oversee all competitions at each individual continent level. Europe recently took the individual championships one step further for senior and youth game play by complementing the continental tournaments with international club competitions.
The world confederations that govern all checkers tournament play in today’s society are: the European Draughts Confederation, the Asian Confederation, the African Confederation and the Pan-American Confederation that covers North, South and Central America as well as the West Indies.
This does not mean that the FMJD or World Draughts (Checkers) Federation has lost its inherent power over the tournaments, but simply that it has now delegated this power amongst other sport federations. Different competitions still remain under the aegis of the Federation. Arbitration and problem solving through its own CPI Commission and special performances such as simultaneous games, exhibitions and blind simultaneous play fall under the Federation’s umbrella. It is still the head governing body for championship tournament play in Checkers and Draughts throughout the world.
As can be readily seen, the internet plays
an extremely important part in relaying current
tournament information, results of championships
and even the general data written about all
the federations and associations that exist.
Many World Draughts federations and associations have their
own sites, written in native languages for
the avid checkers/draughts fan.
Information that is readily available centers
around running events, past events and upcoming
tournaments in a variety of championships
that will be discussed later. To ensure that
the quality of these activities follow the
Federation’s mandate, the organizational
structure of the FMJD has recently been renewed
to incorporate three main sections that represent
all facets of checkers/draughts play. International
checkers/draughts on a 100 square checkerboard
has the primary focus as this version is
played in and by all participating federations.
Then there are two older versions of the
mind sport played on 64 square checkerboards:
the Russian/Brazilian style is the folk variant
played in most of the former Soviet countries
and Brazil, while the checkers version is
mainly played in North America, England and
former English colonies throughout the world.
These game styles are now governed by their
own divisions within the Federation. The
head office for the FMJD is located in Amsterdam,
Netherlands, and successfully reigns over
all Federation matters including three committees
that guarantee the maximum quality in this
sport: arbitration, problem solving and technical
Through the development of world sport federations that govern the integrity of checkers and draughts, this mind sport has risen from a level of simplicity into the complex and challenging game that is inherent in every game play. However, despite the serious nature that has evolved within the more mature competitive levels, Checkers can still be viewed with a sense of humor that depicts how the popularity of the game has indeed grown within our society, as seen by the following cartoon.
|Frisian Checkers||Canadian Checkers||Russian Checkers|
|Italian Checkers||Polish Checkers||Spanish Pool Checkers|
|French Checkers||German Checkers||African Checkers|
|Turkish Checkers||Lasca Checkers||Alquerque Checkers|
|Thai Checkers||Czech Checkers||Sri-Lanka Checkers|
|Tiers Checkers||Spanish Checkers||Checkers Federations|
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