11-02-07 Inishowen News - Buncrana crowns new
Article features the
International Festival of
Draughts at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel brought together more than 100 of the
world's best players.
THE DRAUGHTS world has a new female champion following a marathon four-day battle in Buncrana.
Breen, 31, the defending champion, conceded the title to 20-year old
Turkmenistan student Amangul Durdyeva on Tuesday.
and Ireland's top-rated draughts Grandmaster,
Devlin of Manorcunningham. It resulted in a tied match with all games drawn.
The Senior Division attracted 23 players
including entries from
Scotland, Wales, Turkmenistan and throughout Ireland. The Intermediate A
event had 22 players with local experts Danny Doherty (Buncrana) and John
Town) taking early leads.
including 16 year old
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.