Draughts is a board game for two players which involve diagonal moves of uniform game pieces and mandatory captures by jumping over opponent pieces. There are different variants of draughts but the most popular of the variants are English draughts (also known as American checkers), played on an 8×8 checkerboard; Russian draughts, also played on an 8×8 board; and International draughts, played on a 10×10 board.
The World Championship in International draughts began in 1885 in France and since 1948 has been organized by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD). It’s a biannual event in even years following the tournament, the World Title match takes place. The men’s championship has had winners from the Netherlands, Canada, the Soviet Union, Senegal, Latvia, and Russia. The first Women’s World Championship was held in 1973. The World Junior Championship has been played since 1971. European Championships have been held since 1965 (men’s) and 2000 (women’s).
MGi will adopt the International draughts (10×10) variant but the NIGERIAN VERSION for all draughts events as played in Nigeria and Ghana (Damii). In future, we shall be looking to reorient the Nigerian draughts populace to adopt the full international draughts standards in order to participate in international tournaments worldwide.
MGi aims to organize several draughts tournaments all year round for secondary school and university students in Nigeria as well as professional players in Nigeria and Africa.