from Paul Braithwaite

Those who have been quietly playing draughts against computer programs may yearn for a bit of real crossboard play.  Also, those developing with local affiliate groups may feel the need to expand their rivalry amongst others.   So this could be the time to hold a tournament for those who fear that they would be embarrased to enter national level championships.

It is now proposed to hold a "New Faces to Draughts Tournament" specifically for relatively novice players and those with little exposure to the experienced exponents of our game.  Such a proposal is being presented to the EDA AGM in April 2019.  The Tournament will be held in Coventry in mid- or late October 2019.  Due to cost to players of overnight hotel stays, etc., it is thought that most would prefer it to be a one-day event.

Master players and those who have achieved better than eighth place in any national championship are not eligible to enter this Tournament.  

The exact format can only be determined once the level of interest is established.  It might be simply an arrangement to play everybody if there are few interested.  (Perhaps minimum of ten to proceed)  Or, some form of groupings if the idea has a wide take-up.  Or, self-chosen groups by ability such as raw novice, some experience, or quietly competant.    The size of venue and provision of set up for a tournament very much depends on likely level of interest.   You are therefore asked to contact Paul Braithwaite (see below) with a note of preliminary interest in the proposed Tournament.   Athis stage it will be non-binding as there will be follow-on formal registration if you choose to proceed.  Details of arrangements, rules, etc., will be finalised upon hoped-for approval of the event by the AGM and then be supplied together with a registration form as soon as possible to those who expressed interest.


Current thoughts are as follows:

Prizes of £300 for winner;  £250 for second;  £200 for third;  £150 for fourth;  £100 for fifth place.   This may be expanded or altered if the Tournament is split into groups so that there are prizes to each section.  Might even be some trophies!

- Entry only available to 2019 members of the EDA.

- An entry fee (probably £10), payable with formal registration application non-refundable and intended to contribute a little to administration costs.

The Event will take place in Coventry, October 2019.   Let me know if you would prefer a venue close to the M6/M69 motorway junction (car users) or central (for railway station).

- Please indicate your preferred grouping if the event is split:- novice, limited experience or competant.

- A one-day event, say 10.30 am to 6.00pm, with lunch break say 12.30 to 1.30  (advise if your travel would make you prefer other times).

- Advise if you would prefer a two-day event comprising a first day of novice mentoring and the second devoted to the tournament.  (There would be an additional but modest charge to contribute costs of the mentors' overnight accommodation).

- Advise if you would prefer lunch catering (you pay) or bring-your-own.

- Advise if you have special needs that would affect choice of venue or catering (diability, diet, etc.).

Your help with an expression of interest will be greatly appreciated. Please note that the organiser cannot undertake to cater to every personal choice but will make every effort to serve the common preferences.


Paul Braithwaite by email at or the webmaster of this site at