Mongolian draught player beats 12-time world champion
Only two rounds remain in the Women’s World Draught Championship being organized in Mongolia for the first time, at Puma Imperial Hotel.
The youngest contestant of the 38th World Draught Championship, M.Odgerel of Mongolia, defeated 12-time champion draught player Zoja Golubeva of Latvia in the 13th round.
The legendary Zoja Golubeva, who was leading after 12 rounds, hasn’t lost her top spot even after losing to M.Odgerel, sub master of draught.
Zoja Golubeva (born in Minsk on April 30, 1967, as Zoja Alexandrovna Sadovskaya) was the Women’s World Champion in 1986, 1988, 1990 through 1992, and 1994 to 2000. She became a 12-time champion after winning the championships again in 2010. She also was the winner of the International Draughts tournament at the 1st World Mind Sports Games.
As the host country, Mongolia is allowed three contestants. M.Odgerel was a silver medallist at the Asian Draught Championship, and the match against Golubeva was her first victory of the contest.
During the 13th round, five-time world champion Tamar Tansikkujina of Russia defeated E.Mandakhnaran of Mongolia and moved to second place. The Ukraine’s Dariya Tkachenko beat Matrena Nogovicina of Russia and placed third in the competition.
After the 13th round, sports master E.Mandakhnaran was in 11th place with 12 points. International sports master M.Nyamjargal was in 14th place with nine points, and sub sports master M.Odgerel was in 15th place with six points.
The 14the round of the competition will take place today, and the 38th World Champion of Draughts medallists will be selected. The playoffs can be viewed on Ulaanbaatar2013.com.
The Draughts World Championship is the singular world championship for international draughts, organized by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD). The championship occurs every two years. The men’s championship first began in 1885 in France. The men’s championship has had winners from the Netherlands, Canada, the Soviet Union, Senegal, Latvia, and Russia. The current men’s champion is Alexander Georgiev, who previously won the championship five times. The women’s championship first began in 1973 in the Netherlands, and has had winners from the Soviet Union, Latvia, the Ukraine, and Russia.
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