Michele Borghetti of Italy wins checkers gold at the 2012 World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France, August 17-22. Sergio Scarpetta of Italy took the silver medal, followed by Bashim Durdyev (Turkmenistan) who defeated Ron King in the final round to win bronze. Borhetti can now challenge Alex Moiseyev for the 3-move World Title in 2013, and bids are being solicited. In the first ever ladies World Championship, newcomer Nadiya Chyzhevska of Ukraine won gold and is now ladies 3-move World Champion. Amangul Berdiyeva (Turkmenistan) was 2nd, followed by Erika Rosso (Italy).
The annual General Assembly of the World Checker Draughts Federation (WCDF) was held in Lille on August 19. Richard Beckwith was elected new president, replacing Hugh Devlin. Sune Thrane was elected to the vacated Vice President spot.