MONDIALE DU JEU DE DAMES
of the meeting of members of the board FMJD
Date: February 9, 2002
Place: Utrecht (Boswell Institute - University of Utrecht)
W. v. Beek, President; V. Ptitsyn, Vice-President + Coordinator
Asia; J. Pawlicki, Vice-President + Coordinator Europe; A. Presman,
Tournament Director 100 sq.; E. Holstvoogd, Treasurer; G. Hubner,
Secretary General; A. Tchizhov, Representative of players; H. Wiersma
and R. Brouwer, Repr. FMJD sponsor bureau; J. Bastiaannet, Office
Director FMJD; H. Fokkink, Repr. Technical Commission; L. Springer,
Repr. Propaganda Committee; P. Oudshoorn, Asst. Tournament Director
100 sq + Editor in chief, LMD; S. de Bruijn, Repr. Problemism Committee
A. Yatsenko, Vice-President, President 64 sq. section; D.O. Etogo,
Vice-President + Coordinator Africa; R. Alias, Vice-President +
Coordinator America; T. Tansykkuzhina, Repr. female players.
Saturday, February 9, 2002, 10h45
Welcome, Opening and Communication
van Beek welcomes the members of this CD meeting. We can use the
building until 16.00, so we will stick to decisions. Mr. van Beek
welcomes Alexei Tchizhov, representing the players and Mr. Tchertok,
and Mr. Oudshoorn, now appointed by the city of Amsterdam to work
van Beek proposes to change the agenda and talk immediately about
the situation in Russia.
Approval minutes CD meeting of November 2001
Fokkink mentions there is information in the French summary not
present in the official minutes (in English). Mr. Hubner will send
an updated French summary without this irrelevant information.
Mr. van Beek
Mr. Wallen wrote to Mr. van Beek asking to recalculate his rating
himself. He is welcome to do so if he likes.
Mrs Tansykkuzhina has not received the invitation; the post is probably
the IOC schedule is very clear. The actions to be taken will be
scheduled by Mr. van Beek, Holstvoogd and Hubner.
Situation in Russia
is a claim for a new Russian federation headed by Mr. Tchertok and
supporter, a.o. by Mr. Tchizhov. Mr. Tchizhov presents this new
RIDF (Russian International Draughts Federation) was created lately
in Ufa, backed by a very big oil company in Russia. to solve some
problems of international draughts. In fact, in Russia, the status
of international draughts has become minor wrt 64. Leading players
have expressed the need for a new structure. Mr. Ptitsyn confirms
that all regions and all players, who one by one recently withdrew
from RDF - sometimes against their will, rejected by RDF - , are
represented by this federation.
In Russia, the presence of several federations is legal, but the
Sports Committee has to choose one for international representation.
The position of the sports committee is neutral with respect to
the two, provided they get accreditation (legal existence). RDF
has no bank account, no legal personality… RIDF is preparing to
get this existence. RIDF has already organized one championship.
The board of this federation has 9 members, representing main regions,
and has set a calendar.
The FMJD is asked by Mr. Tchizhov and Ptitsyn to state which federation
The Secretary states that the statutes are clear up to now: FMJD
recognizes one national federation. However, the recent reform has
opened the way to possible recognition of federations by sections
(based upon their statutes), provided that statutes allow it.
The recognition of different federations for a same country by different
sections is a decision that has to be taken by an extraordinary
general assembly. Currently, the 100 squares CD can recognize the
RIDF as a regular member of the FMJD, provided this decision is
ratified at the GA.
The CD is aware that international draughts is not properly promoted
by RDF, and that the juridical status of RDF is insufficient for
legal existence. Especially, the documents sent by Mr. Klimashev
upon request of Mr. van Beek actually concern the 1995 registration
of RDF (made by Mr. Ptitsyn), not properly confirmed in 1999 (no
valid address, no open bank account, no tax status,…), which is
absolutely not enough for complete recognition. The next assembly
of RDF will appoint responsibles for the 100 squares section: in
the absence of representative players, there might be simply nobody
appointed. However, the legal issue is in principle an internal
Russian problem. The FMJD has since 1956 recognized the RDF and
that history cannot and will not be changed.
Mr. Tchizhov also provides a memorandum document (in Russia and
in English) and a set of information to be discussed by the CD.
CD proposes to accept the RIDF as member of the 100 squares section
of the FMJD. An official FMJD letter stating this decision will
be given to Mr. Tchizhov before his departure to Moscow.
van Beek will go to Russia in order to communicate the position
of the FMJD officially. Furthermore, Mr. Hubner states the Title
II, Article VI of the Reglement Interieur (official, not translated
in English so far) clearly states as a motive for refusal of adhesion
the hinderance or refusal by a federation to organize or promote
100 squares tournaments. This happened in UFA, where EDC observed
that RDF tried to prevent the organization of the (official) European
Cup. Based upon a letter by EDC, the FMJD is free to interpret this
item of the Bye-Laws and act accordingly.
CD decides to ask RDF to postpone all requests for homologation
until the GA. RDF is free to organize all tournament up to now,
but with no homolgation. The provisional acceptance of RIDF by the
CD FMJD 100 squares (to be confirmed by the FMJD) allows this new
federation to propose a calendar or tournaments and to get qualification
to official FMJD tournaments from these tournaments. Concerning
qualification prior to this decision, the CD asks the two federations
to reach a consensus, because the past ought not to be changed.
Finance: current issues
The organization of a GA outside a tournament provided an exceptional
expense in 2001. Together with payment to the GAISF, this brought
expenses up. However, results were globally positive.
Four countries responded to the proposal for the new fee system.
Only one (Georgia) took the low fixed annual fee. Mr. Holsvoogd
will send a reminder. No payment has been received from RDF yet.
comment is made on the provisional accounts.
proposal for sections 64 and checkers (distribution at the meeting)
· the sections pay 25% of their entry fees to the FMJD;
· these entry fee may not exceed 1.5 x the ones for 100 squares
· federations that are active in these sections may be members of
the FMJD and pay the entry fee of € 160 to the FMJD.
Section 64 Russian/Brazilian
Presman holds several letters issued by Mr. Yatsenko.
Mr. Yatsenko is sending an invitation to all presidents of federation
to the GA of the section 64 R/B: 19-21 April in Kiev, with elections
scheduled then. The president of FMJD will be invited. Mr. Pawlicki
considers it would be a good idea. The CD is very pleased with so
Mr. Yatsenko also informs that Section 64 R/B is planning to organize
the WC 2002 Brazilian in October, whereas WC Russian is planned
in 2003. So Mr. Klimashev's request to organize WC 2002 Russian
in Samara would be backed by Mr. Yatsenko if it were followed by
documents guaranteeing that he would fulfill his commitment (especially
prize-money), as well as that the FMJD requirements would be met.
Another problem is that RDF, and not MARSH, should be the organizer.
Since Mr. Yatsenko did not receive any document by Mr. Klimashev,
and since previous evidence stated by Mr. Tchizhov shows that the
qualification system has never been proved to be clear in tournaments
organized by MARSH (which is headed by the same persons as RDF),
FMJD cannot at this point recognize the tournament.
Mr. van Beek reminds that GA Tallinn decided that MARSH should not
be involved in organization of WC 64 again. This is again evidence
of breach of this decision.
The CD fully backs Mr. Yatsenko in his decision and agrees with
his proposal for the calendar of tournaments. Since the Samara tournament
will be actually held, and it cannot be anything else than an invitation
tournament for the FMJD, so the CD should write a letter to Mr.
Yatsenko and Mr. Klimashev confirming this view.
van Beek and Mr. Springer have fresh information
Several federations are affiliated, but the world champion Mr. King
(from Barbados) was challenged but the match has been postponed.
The ACF (American Checkers Federation), in the middle of that, has
taken the title from Mr. King away (for one year) and wants to organize
a new match. The English federation (EDR) has expressed some problems
with this decision.
Since ACF and Barbados memberships have not been ratified by the
GA, FMJD should not formally handle it. The FMJD acknowledges the
ACF action, but since EDR is a member of the FMJD, this point still
has to be discussed. Mr. King, who was asked to participate, set
conditions that were so that ACF had to refuse.
The problem for checkers is that, beyond the already existing federations
(ACF and EDR), some small federations appeared. It is no problem
for EDF, but it remains a problem to compose the Checkers Section
with an imprecise structure of other federations. This issue must
be settled in the Sectional Assembly in Las Vegas in August. Only
then FMJD may then intervene directly.
Mr. van Beek and Tchizhov have been invited to the board of ACF,
and the FMJD has been integrated in the Checkers Hall of Fame (Petal,
In the meantime, the CD insists on how serious decisions to take
away world titles and introducing new challengers can be.
Commission of Problemism
Mr. de Brujn
Concerning the last world cup, the decision to recognize individual
results seems reasonable; it is only challenged by Mr. Yuskevitch
now. In particular, Mr. Bastiaannet obtained the 2nd place. The
CD congratulates him and Mr. Ptitsyn awards him his cup and medal.
The new source of trouble comes from Mr. Kaciuska, who claims he
is not a member of anything anymore. The CD reminds that this commission
had some autonomy in the past, but its functioning as "Commission"
restricts membership to people appointed by the CD.
The CD decides that Mr. de Bruijn may propose a list of CPI members
who will be automatically confirmed by the CD, until Article 45
of the Bye-Laws is revised at the EGA (proposal to be made by Mr.
de Bruijn and Hubner). In the meantime, Mr. Hubner will write to
Mr. de Brujn in order to confirm this decision.
calendar of CPI primarily features a competition for problemists
in the next future.
CPI has proposed a set of internal rules, submitted to the FMJD,
including the claim for the right to award the title of World Champion
problemists. The CD proposes to have these statutes approved by
the GA, who will be responsible for checking whether they are not
contradictory with the FMJD statutes and bye-laws.
Hubner advises CPI to have a proposal for statutes ready for the
GA. A possible 'Internal regulation' could also be prepared, with
the difference that changes in this IR would not have to go through
statutes of CPI feature as main change wrt titles (article 2.4):
- The creation of the title of 'FMJD Master' for 50 IMP;µ
- The possible award of the title of International Grandmaster Problemism
to someone with 300 IMP.
The CD acknowledges these changes.
Ptitsyn confirms that the quarrel between Mr. Zubov and Mr. Yuskevitch
is practically settled. Mr. Zubov acknowledges that his presidence
is now over. The CD also confirms that the title given to Mr. Matus
is 'World Cup Winner'.
Section 100 squares (1/2)
mondial in Cameroon
The reason for the difficulty to organize it is that it is heavy,
costly whereas it does not give a title; which makes it hard to
promote. Historically, it had to be held in Italy, then Mali, then
now Cameroon. The sponsor who had committed has been recently involved
in a lawsuit, preventing it from promoting its brand abroad. They
are still willing to sponsor a FMJD event, but not in 2002. So Cameroon
had to resign organization of the Challenge.
Mr. Ferrero has recently offered to organize the tournament in Brazil.
Go/no go will be known in a couple of weeks. Our obligation is to
know the name of the challenger in 2002, because the WC will be
in Zwartsluis in May 2003.
Mr. Presman stresses the importance of sponsoring. The way we tried
to organize the challenge was too focused on politics. This is related
to the situation of the sponsor bureau. In particular, Cameroon
failed but Mr. Presman was informed by Mr. van Beek, but not involved.
This situation must change.
situation of sponsoring was clear even before Moscow. Mr. van Beek
contacted Mr. Brouwer then. At the last GA, the same name was proposed
but Mr. Buzhinski suggested the name of Mr. Wiersma. From the GA,
nobody has been confirmed to the post of the sponsor bureau, and
the responsible person would in principle not be a CD member. However,
the GA clearly unanimously decided that this person would be a CD
member. So Mr. Hubner will make it clear in the minutes of the GA..
Mr. Wiersma fears that FMJD is paralyzed. So we need to clarify
things: who is responsible for what, and then on how we organize
tournaments, because he has clear ideas on how to work on this.
Mr. Brouwer has worked on a cycle with Rutac and has a clear idea
of his mandate. However, Mr. Presman recalls that the agreement
was only on the principle of this plan; not on the details of it.
Furthermore, the CD did not want to decide on November before having
the opinion of the absent CD members. Mr. Pawlicki favors everything
that is good for draughts; he needs details before reaching a conclusion
on this particular proposal. Mr. Tchizhov's opinion is partly or
even totally negative: certainly for matches, that should not be
included, because on the prize money level but also because it is
also a matter of federations whose players are involved (i.e. Tansykkuzhina).
For tournaments, he would like to see precised details of the commitments
before deciding. Mr. Ptitsyn, based on the Rutac proposal, considers
that the amount is too low and the formula 3 years in a single place)
does not correspond to the aim of the FMJD.
is decided to vote on who would be the CD member representative
for marketing (Marketing Officer) of the FMJD. The vote yields 5
votes for Wiersma, 1 vote for Brouwer and 1 blank vote. Mr. Wiersma
immediately expresses his willingness to work with Mr. Brouwer and
hopes he will keep on working with the FMJD.
Section 100 squares (2/2)
WC Cadets: Decision in Huissen was to experiment a new formula in
Minsk. To summarize, it was an absolute success. Organization was
perfect, and the formula was also well taken. A sponsor came after
tournament announcing he would like to sponsor again. Mr. Fokkink
claims that a high number of players may not be possible to handle.
Concerning the question of whether we should have the strongest
players at the WC, Mr. Presman explains that the classification
in national tournaments cadets is likely not to be that representative
of the level of players some months later. The CD proposes to keep
the formula alive as an option, but not to impose it. Mr. Tchizhov
also mentions that there is a threat that only wealthy youngster
would register. This must be stated in a CD proposition for the
GA. For 2002, Mr. Macaux should confirm the candidature of France.
- Challenge: Mr. Oudshoorn urges that the go/no go decision as well
as the date should be released very soon for planning purposes.
If nobody organizes a challenge, the problem becomes important,
because we need an alternative solution. So there should be a tournament
in a lighter form. Mr. Pawlicki thought about a last resort solution:
to use an existing open tournaments to give an offer to the challenger.
The problem is that competitors should be hosted by the organization:
then, if the financial side is solved, Mr. Presman finds it easy
to accept. The bottom line is that we have to find an alternative
solution, because we need an immediate solution. In practice, people
who are entitled to become challengers are fewer than 26.
- Match WC Women: possible to be held in Bashkortostan ; the issue
must be discussed with the president of this region. The problem
now is that there is now too much attention on draughts with respect
to other sports (Mrs. Tansykkuzhina was even elected personality
of the year). Another possibility would be in Latvia (Mrs. Golubeva
is challenger). Thus we need to find sponsors for this event.
rest of the calendar is available by the Tournament Director. We
also have to consider the qualification system for WC 2003.
practice, there will be no EC in Zeeland. With the number of foreseen
participants (32), there is a possibility for a very strong tournament:
after taking the reserved places and the champion of every federation
in order with the FMJD, there may still be ca. 15 places left. Furthermore,
EDC has the idea to receive fees that allow to increase the prize-money
in the end. However, funding has not been guaranteed yet.
Wiersma is busy gathering a sponsor budget on a recurrent basis,
that would be available for several kinds of tournaments, including
FMJD organization. It means that the marketing efforts of Mr. Wiersma
will also serve as a leverage for the organization of the EC.
The new system aims at getting many more MF titles, fewer MI and
only very few GMI.
With respect to the proposal discussed in November, the main change
is to allow to reuse old norms for higher titles if they are replaced
by lower norms (see minutes CD meeting November 2001. The revolution
is that MF titles can be obtained in national tournaments.
Mr. Yatsenko reacts in a letter by stating that this system is too
strict, especially for the 64 section. He claims that the proposal
by Mr. Lehmann would better promote draughts and enhance the motivation
of young players in a better way. He asks that if this proposal
is not suitable to the board, we postpone the decision to the May
CD meeting, after the GA of the Section 64. Mr. Ptitsyn supports
this proposal. Mr. Fokkink reminds that this question is a matter
of philosophy, and that the 100 squares section deliberately wants
to limit the number of GMI whereas this objective is not shared
in the 64 section.
CD decides to postpone the approval of this decision to the May
CD meeting. There will be directly a vote on proposals, and no further
"rating" committee has received an offer by PC Best to
update and take care of the ratings system. Mr. van Pul has prepared
all the material to make it ready, and wishes to retire from the
On the other hand, Mr. van Beek proposes the appointment of Mr.
Masselink as a special responsible for the Swiss System. The CD
welcomes Mr. Masselink inside the Technical Committee.
the functioning of the website, the person appointed by the GA could
not fulfill his task. The site is almost ready to function; Mr.
Presman announces that it is about to be active, within a very short
11th Lustrum of the FMJD
proposal sent by Mr. van Beek includes
- the publication of a booklet, together with Mr. Walker. Mr. Tchizhov
suggests to make it available on multimedia devices, i.e. CD-ROM.
Since the deadline is September, Mr. Tchizhov is ready to help.
Mr. Springer will collect and Mr. Oudshoorn will do the lay out
of the material.
- Special competitions, with in particular the draughts triathlon
to be held in Las Vegas in August (checkers-100 squares-64 squares).
Assembly 100 squares
it is doubtful to have the EC organized, we need to find another
formula. The central issue will be the coaching of youths. This
theme could be financed by the Dutch government. Mr. Hubner and
van Beek will work on the agenda. The time could be in late August
(there is a time slot between tournaments), after Las Vegas, depending
on the eventual Challenge.
Oudshoorn tries to integrate the international, variety and information
dimensions and does a good job.
Schedule of meetings
next meeting will take place on June 1st, 2002 in Utrecht or in
Delft (to be proposed by Mr. Wiersma).
Pawlicki informs that Mr. Durdyev intervened during the last WC
cadets although he was only spectator. In order to solve these kinds
of problems, Mr. Hubner is asked to set up a proposal for a court
The President closes the session at 17h50
- Prepare the statutes of CPI to be proposed to the GA
- Propose a new text for article 45 of the bye laws
- Write a letter stating that the current CPI members are fully
appointed until the next GA where there will be a revision of the
- Prepare the statutes of CPI to be proposed to the GA
- Update minutes of the GA to acknowledge that the representative
of the sponsor bureau is a member of the CD
- Prepare the agenda for the 100 squares assembly
- Prepare the agenda for the 100 squares assembly