Josh Armstrong wrote:So now Borghetti has about a year to prepare for a match? That's a lot of time to give a draughts savant.
Josh, compared to Borghetti's achievements with 37 years, Aley Moiseyey is the savant.
Michele is of the same calibre as Marion Tinsley, ableit in Italian Draughts.http://www.federdama.it/
And the general level of competition in Italian draughts is high.
I say they have at least another world-class player in Sergio Scarpetta, that could be able to win a WCDF QT.
Note that more then 60 percent of the openings are exactly the same in Italian draughts (they even use the same names), only that they usually don't play all 156 openings, but only those who are not unbalanced.
Only for matches they switch to more openings and more unbalanced ballots.
As they only play one opening each round
Only one game per round.
They are not allowed to stand up until the first 10-15 moves, and there is no problem as luck of the opening draw (all have the same openig difficutly!), or the problem that in a break between two games of the same ballot a player might consult a book or a PC (see the case discussed above).
Also the round schedule is perfectly plannable (a maximum duration of one game is easy to handle, with 2 or 4 games the scheduled gets "cramped", and some games are almost declared a draw to avoid a longer duration of the round , which is, I am sad to say, outright ridiculous), and they usually play round robin tournaments in Italy, even at their nationals with 36 players that are all qualified from reginal events or reknown maters of the highest degree.
I would advice to the ACF and the WCDF to try to apply similar rules.
They are quite more sophisticated then anything I saw in the anglo-american checker world.
And I don't think that the centre of the checker world are the USA and GB & Ireland anymore.
One world champion is from Barbados, his 2008 challenger was from South Africa, the female World Champion is from Turkmenistan, a former challenger is from New Zealand, the current challenger to Alex Moiseyev from Italy and others like Germany, Czech Repubic, Israel, South Africa, etc. are keeping up, while Itlay might already be able to beat any US or GB& Ireland team if they would be invited.
And I think it is good that way, as competion produces growth and promotion of our game.
Greetinx from Germany,