Just for ACF readers I’ve translated my article into English which I’d published two months ago on the Russian draughts site. I hope that it will be interesting for you too.All roads lead to Rome
Honestly I did not want to write any report about the tournament where I failed. But after a while I calmed down and decided to inform the Russian draughts community about the events in the Checkers World.
For myself I decided that I took the place that I eventually deserved and the 7th place in the tournament with 8 GMs for the master is generally not such a bad result. But I really had good chances for a better place and very big ones. However let us start in the order, one after another.
The main Checkers events in 2016 were the 3-move World tournaments in Rome
. They were carried out in three categories. For men it was the challenger tournament which defined the strongest player in the match for the World title against the actual World champion Michele Borghett
i from Italy
. For women and juniors the World champions were determined directly.
In the men’s World Qualifier tournament there took place 16 participants from 8 countries. They played 8 rounds with the Swiss system. Previously declared Ukrainian players did not come for various reasons but the new African country is appeared – Uganda. As expected the main fight for the desired first place was fought out between the World GAYP Champion Sergio Scarpetta
and our former compatriot the “Sixth
” World Champion Alex Moiseyev
made more victories – 7, he scored 23 points and took first place. Alex
reached “only” 6 victories – 22 points and the second place. Bronze was won by the young Italian star Matteo Bernin
i – 19 points. The following places were taken by: 4. Lubabalo Kondlo (South Africa)
- 19 points, 5. Richard Beckwith (USA)
6. Durdyev Bahtiyar (Turkmenistan)
- both 18 points. Now two local matches will be played in Italy
for the World titles and both between Italians Michele Borghetti
and Sergio Scarpetta
. The first one in GAYP will take place this year, here Sergio
is the Champion and Micky – the Challenger. In the second one in 3-move version everything is the other way round: Micky
is the Champion and Sergio
– the Challenger. Sergio Scarpetta – Lubabalo Kondlo Jim Morrison – Nicolas Katamba John Jolliff – Lane Kent Maksat Durdyev – Richard Beckwith The winners of the men’s tournament