November 9, the press service of USUE met with the prizewinners of the World Russian Checkers Championship held in Nizhnevartovsk from October 26 to November 3. The organizer was the sports club "Triumph".
Over 100 checkers players from 43 countries of the world, including the USA, Senegal, Sweden, Germany, and others, came to compete for the top place.
USUE students Nsanga Mba Nchama Ernesto (Equatorial Guinea, a third-year student majoring in jurisprudence) and Steven Gnoto (Côte d'Ivoire, a second-year student majoring in business informatics) told us about how the championship had gone off and what impressions it had left.
Both checkers won prizes. Nsanga Mba Nchama Ernesto noted that he had begun to play checkers before he entered the Russian university, in his home country. There they hold national championships in International Checkers, domino, and backgammon. And Russian checkers are a great experiment for him. “I was offered to take part in the World Championship, and I agreed - why not?” he said. “I took 2nd place in the blitz-tournament among the participants from African countries”.
Steven Gnoto took 3rd place in the classic game among the participants from African countries. He has been involved in checkers for 9 years: “There are periods when I am very active, and sometimes I take a break. However, the checkers accompany me for a significant part of my life.”
Foreign students think that this is far from being their last participation in the World Checkers Championship. In future, they plan to practice this sport both in Russia and at home.