How long have you been occupying the position of President of Section 64 of the World Draughts Federation WDF?
I was elected to this position at the Assembly in April 2010 in Kherson (Ukraine).
Is it easy to be the President of such a big international organization?
Of course, not easy. I head many years draughts Federation of Saint-Petersburg – one of the largest federations checkers in Russia, and have wide experience in this activity. Besides, the President of the section I was not shown. First I held the positions of Vice-Director of tournaments and Director of tournaments. Therefore, through this experience I know all the work, starting from the work of the technical Commission.
What is the average section shall tournaments a year and how many countries usually takes part in the competitions section?
In the official calendar of seven tournaments. The number of countries participating in the competitions section continuously. In 2011 in our events were attended by players from 29 countries.
Tell me, please, and Section 64 of the FMJD planning to introduce any new competitions?
Yes. In 2010, we introduced a new competition “world Cup”, which takes place in six stages. The competition was successful project in 2011 participated in it already 124 athletes from 15 countries. This year the world Cup dedicated to the 100th anniversary from the birthday of the legendary drafts player Basil juice. In connection with the planned new format of the final stage, which increases its significance. The organizers invite and pay the admission of previous winners of the 5 stages, for participation in the final stage, there is an additional bonus points for the First time in the world Cup will be provided for the prize Fund.
In addition, this year we plan to host the Olympics intellectual games in Manchester and Cardiff, World games SportAccord in China. These competitions are very important for increasing the status of checkers-64 in the world.
You try to attend every tournament?
In 2011, I visited all the tournaments. If possible, try to attend the opening.
What innovations besides competitions section-64 FMJD plans in 2012?
Prepared and given to print new rules for international competitions. Will soon open a new, modern website Section 64.
Thank you for the interview and hope for further cooperation.
Author Yulia Semenova
creator of the project Fenix64