Milda Jocaite: For me draughts are more like a hobby

02.03.2017 09:10

The 2017 Lithuania champion studies software engineering and doesn’t spend much time on draughts. But she likes to play and she’ll prepare for the women's world championship.


- What is your occupation? 

- I am a student. I study software engineering at Vilnius University. It is my first year.

Does that fall somewhere between your job and draughts? 

As you can see, my studies aren't related to draughts. For me draughts are more like a hobby.

- How much time are you spend on draughts? What do you do exactly? 

- This year has been difficult enough for me. I've spent a lot of time on my studies. I haven’t had any consistent training. Actually, I spend more time on draughts before important tournaments. I analyze other games, read theory and try to play some games. 

- What did you think about the entry list for the last tournament? I thought it was a bit weak, no? 

- I agree that this tournament wasn’t as strong as it could have been. Lithuania has some really good players. If they participated, we would have had a really good tournament. But there were some good points. It was the biggest championship of the last year.

- Have you got some plan for your own development in droughts? What is it? 

- Talking about draughts, I would like to spend more time on it. It has become a part of my life so I would like to develop my skills and show better results. I would like to train regularly. One of next goals is to prepare for the women's world championship.


Text: Lev Godovannik

Photos: Milda Jocaite’s personal archive