The Future of Checkers and Draughts games.
Games and Players
The 21st Checkers Championship of l'Academie
Every year schools from Nord-Pas-de-Calais assemble
with good spirits and play in this checkers game competition
with sportsmanship. Future checkers competitors meet at the
checker-board to display individual game skills
and learned strategies, but possess the philosophy
of simply having some fun. Here many have a chance
to make new friends as well as develop their checkers game
abilities further. The checkers tournament is an excellent
way for these future checkers players to gain experience in
competitive game play and to spread their checkers wings
in real live sport competition. The best part
of this championship is that it is represented
by children of all ages and all skill levels and
may be the stage where future checkers masters
and grandmasters will have their beginning.
The 21st Championnat de l'Academie de Lille
hosted a field of 184 young future checkers players at
Wattrelos on April 7, 2007 and the 22nd Championship
tournament will be played on March 8, 2008, at
The Wattrelos Checkers Club is very progressive
in its approach to teaching the board game to young
novice future checkers players within the school setting and within
the club itself. For this reason, it has a strong
youth checkers team that takes on challenges with
great success in many local and regional tournaments
and the amazing fact is that the players are all
under the age of 20.
Europe Future Checkers Games
Europe certainly has had an eye on the future of
Checkers and International Draughts and this has become
apparent in the serious way in which the game is being
promoted within the school system of many regions
as well as throughout the local, regional and national
clubs that provide developed programs in checkers
and experienced coaches in the mind sport.
The municipality of Hardenberg is one of the regions
that has promoted the board game in the Netherlands.
In the spring of 2007, three qualifying tournament
rounds were held so determine the finalists for the
team championship round that would be hosted in De
Schakel Aanvang on May 30, 2007.
Before the commencement of the checkers elementary
school championship, a large number of teams were
expected to enter the tournament, but the numbers
fell short in the second qualifier round. There were
nine teams in the first qualifying round, five teams
in the second round and nine teams in the third round
of checkers game play.
In each qualifier, the teams played a total of 7 rounds
where the games were 15 minutes duration of play at
the checkerboard. Parents and teachers supported every
qualifying event with enthusiasm towards the young
checkers players. Excitement mounted in the second
round, as it was necessary to hold a play off round
to determine the 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The final
championship match would definitely be the highlight
for most of these novice checkers players.
Hardenberg has also recognized the hidden value behind
the skills and techniques that are learned at the
checkerboard and is encouraging the game activity
within the school system. This mind sport has become
more than a mere fun time game to amuse the learners
and give them a break from the tedium of lessons;
in fact, checkers has become an interesting and challenging
way to teach children a variety of skills that will
enhance their competitiveness as well as their chances
for prosperity and success on the future checkers game world stage.