The Russian Draughts Foundation for the Advancement of Draughts

The Russian Draughts Foundation for the Advancement of Draughts was established to promote the national version (draughts-64) of this ancient mind game, to develop the sport worldwide, and to support young athletes. The Foundation's mission is to preserve and develop the traditions of draughts, promote this intellectual game, unite national draughts federations under the auspices of the International Draughts Federation (IDF), and also preserve and support all versions of draughts (not just Russian) played on a 64-square board.

The initiative to establish the Russian Draughts Foundation for the Advancement of Draughts came from Saint Petersburg entrepreneur Alexander Gaydukov following an appeal by renowned athlete and three-time world champion in Russian draughts Vladimir Langin.

The Russian Draughts Foundation was established as a last attempt to preserve the national identity of the traditional Russian sport. It was also set up as a response to the policy of the World Draughts Federation (FMJD), whose leaders adopted a new charter in 2013 exclusively recognising the Dutch version of draughts on a 100-square board as the main international version of draughts. The FMJD essentially tried to deprive Russian draughts of any future and this led to the establishment of the Foundation.

The first major event for the Russian Draughts Foundation was the establishment of the International Draughts Federation (or IDF with Vladimir Langin serving as president), which with the active help of Foundation specialists was officially registered in Bulgaria on 5 June 2013 in accordance with the resolution of the General Assembly of FMJD Section-64 (code 176513387). The main focus of the IDF is the development of traditional 64-square draughts.

Over the two and a half years that have passed since the Foundation’s establishment, the IDF has used the latter’s funds to transform Saint Petersburg into the draughts capital of Russia with the city hosting four international tournaments:

- the world championship among men and women in August 2013;

- the European championship among men and women in October 2014;

- an international tournament dedicated to the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II in May 2015;

- the world championship among men and women in October 2015.

The 2015 world championship was a milestone of sorts as it demonstrated the enormous demand for Russian draughts. Athletes from 44 countries took part in the championship, setting an all-time record for an international draughts tournament.

The Russian Draughts Foundation for the Advancement of Draughts was registered with the Main Office of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on 22 May 2013 (INN 7840290756, OGRN 1137800004935).

The Foundation was established by the Draughts Federation of Saint Petersburg public organisation (whose president is three-time world champion Vladimir Langin). 

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