Simultaneously with the finals, there will be open tournaments. These tournaments will be open to
1) participants of the World Championships who did not reach the finals;
2) teams from countries, draughts clubs, companies, friends, etc. (there will be at least one team from the Czech Republic and one team from Italy);
3) individual members of the public.
On Wednesday 8 August, there will be a Czech Draughts tournament, on Thursday 9 August an Italian Draughts tournament and on Friday 10 August a FRYSK! tournament (Frisian Draughts with only five pieces for each player).
Teams as well as individual players are free to enter one, two or all three of the tournaments. Each day, there will be prizes for both the best individual player and for the best team.
Each tournament will consist of nine Swiss rounds, with ample breaks to follow the finals of the World Championships between rounds. Playing time: 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move (Fischer).
For each tournament, there is a maximum prize money of € 500.
Czech Draughts, or Česká Dáma, is one of several variations of draughts played on a 64-square board. It is similar to Spanish Draughts with one significant difference, viz. the obligation of capture by a king if both a king and a piece can make a capture. The game was brought to the Czech territories probably by the Habsburgs in the seventeenth century. It is played in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Austria. Official rules for competitions were only drawn up by the Czech Federation of Draughts at the end of the twentieth century. Official competitions started to be organised at the same time. They include individual (since 1998) and team (2000) championships, youth competitions and many local tournaments. Series of school tournaments have been organized in Prague since 1997. Hundreds of school children participate each year. Czech Draughts was played during the Mind Sports Olympiad in London and Giochi Sforzeschi in Milan. Together with Frisian and Italian Draughts, it was played during some matches between four countries in Prague in 2003 and 2010. Slovakia has organised its own international championships since 2011. Matches between the Czech Republic and Slovakia are played every year.
* White starts the game.
* Pieces may only move and capture forwards.
* Kings may move and capture along any number of fields both backwards and forwards.
* Capture by a king is mandatory; otherwise, there are no rules if there are several capture options.
* If the same position occurs three times in a game, or if no capture has been made in the course of 15 moves, the game will end in a draw.
Czech Draughts can be played on the Checkers app (Android only).
You can play online on the free website https://www.hry.cz/hra/dama . In order to play, click ‘Hrat’ and in the next screen ‘Hraj hned’.
There is also the very strong programme Gigant 8.2 for PCs (Windows only), which can be downloaded for free from the website of the Czech Draughts Federation, www.damweb.cz
The Italian Draughts game, or Dama Italiana, is very old. The first sources that mention it date back to at least 1500. It has been played for centuries in Italy, and in 1924 the Italian Draughts Federation was founded in Milan. This Federation is the umbrella organization for 93 draughts clubs with over 60,000 members. Italian draughts is played on a 64-square board and has the peculiarity that a normal piece cannot capture a king. This gives the Italian draughts endgame a unique charm all of its own.
* The first move is made by white.
* Pieces may only move and capture forwards and cannot capture kings.
* Kings may move and capture backwards as well as forwards, but only one square at a time. Kings may only capture pieces on adjacent fields.
* The rules of capture are more or less the same as those for Frisian draughts: it is mandatory to capture the maximum number of pieces; if the number of pieces to be captured is equal in two or more options, capturing the king (or the greatest number of kings) is mandatory; if both the number and the nature of the pieces to be captured is equal, capture by a king is mandatory.
* In the endgame, when both players have at least one king, a decision must be reached in 40 moves otherwise the game will end in a draw.
Italian Draughts can be played on the Checkers or Checkers 3D Pro apps (Android only).
Rules of this draughtsgame are identical as Frisian Draughts but the starting position is with 5 pieces each. You can play and practise the game for free with the app FRYSK.
Special thanks to the family of Jelle Reitsma. The former top draughtsplayer Jelle Reitsma passed away this year.
His family has supported this championship with a great gift!