Buncrana crowns new draughts
THE DRAUGHTS world has
a new female champion following a marathon four-day
battle in Buncrana.
Patricia Breen, 31, the defending champion, conceded
the title to 20-year old Turkmenistan student
Amangul Durdyeva on Tuesday.
The final score was 8-2 with six games drawn.
Draughts lovers were treated to a great match
between the two women with many outstanding games.
Another of the highlights from the festival was a
three-day exhibition match between world number one,
Russian-born but US-based,
Alex Moiseyev and
Ireland's top-rated draughts Grandmaster, Hugh
Devlin of Manorcunningham. It resulted in a tied
match with all games drawn.
The prestigious International Festival of Draughts
at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel brought together more
than 100 of the world's best players.
Top-ranked players in the Masters, Seniors and
Intermediate categories, made their way to the
Buncrana hotel with many more expected to join them
during the course of the festival.
The Senior Division
attracted 23 players including entries from England,
Scotland, Wales, Turkmenistan and throughout
Ireland. The Intermediate A event had 22 players
with local experts Danny Doherty (Buncrana) and John
Given (Donegal Town) taking early leads.
Meanwhile, the Intermediate B event attracted 19
including 16 year old
Hugmangul Toyeva and 11 year old Gochmyrat Gochakov
from Turkmenistan. P. Byrne of Dublin, J. Mc Gowan,
Derry and M. Brennan, Dublin, all took early leads
in their respective matches. Hugmangul was just one
of a group of female entries that also included
former Irish Women's Champion Brenda Davis of
Wicklow and former World Women's Champion Joan Caws
from the Isle of Wight.
To get all the results from the festival, visit
For more photos of the tournament
click here .
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