1st Japan Draughts-64 Tournament was held in Tokyo

International Draughts Federation (IDF) together with the Japan Draughts Association (JCDA) in accordance with the Calendar of Competitions for 2019 held the 1st International Japan Draughts-64 Tournament from November 13 to 18, 2019 in Tokyo. Competitions were held in 2 categories: Blitz and Rapid. The winner of the Blitz tournament was the international master from Ukraine Oleg Shapunov. The winner of the Rapid tournament was the international grandmaster from Russia Dmitrii Melnikov.

The competition was timed to coincide with the 26th World Congress of the International Sports Association for all TAFISA held in Tokyo on these dates.

22 players from Japan, Mongolia, Ukraine and Russia took part in competitions. Among them are international grandmasters – multiple winner of the World and European Youth Championships Vladyslav Mazur (Ukraine), winner of the 2019 World Cup Dmitrii Melnikov and former world champion Vladimir Langin (both Russia), international master, multiple world champion among veterans Oleg Shapunov (Ukraine). The struggle for prizes unfolded precisely between them.


1st International Japan Draughts-64 Tournament. Blitz              Table

Med 1Oleg Shapunov (Ukraine)

Med-2Vladyslav Mazur (Ukraine)

Med-3Dmitrii Melnikov (Russia)


1st International Japan Draughts-64 Tournament. Rapid             Table

Med 1Dmitrii Melnikov (Russia)

Med-2Vladyslav Mazur (Ukraine)

Med-3Oleg Shapunov (Ukraine)


The competitions were organized very well. The Japan Draughts Association (JCDA) has tried very hard to make the participants stay comfortable in the playing room, in which the Japan Draughts Association usually holds draughts competitions, meetings and classes.

Closing ceremony was held after the end of the Rapid on November 17. Before the official awards, the young Yakut draughts players performed with the national music program. Director of sports school №2 city of Yakutsk thanked the organizers of the 1st Draughts-64 Tournament in Japan and presented memorable gifts.

At the award ceremony, the Director of the Japan Draughts Association Kusaba Zyun awarded all participants with certificates of participation and commemorative gifts. Winners of all nominations were awarded with cups, prize-winners – with medals. The International Draughts Federation (IDF) has established a prize pool and personal prizes for the best Mongolian player, the best Japanese player and the best young players.

The competition ended with a gala dinner.

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