As is the case with many other board games, most checkers tournaments and matches are organized by local, state, and/or national groups or federations. In the case of larger events, such as international tournaments and matches or world championship matches, these groups may work together to pool resources, arrange transportation and lodging, etc. Aside from these special cases, however, most federations operate autonomously, without much direct oversight. However, with the 2003 founding of the World Checkers and Draughts Federation, part of the FMJD (Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames, also known as the World Draughts Federation), various national draughts and checkers federations have given up some of that autonomy for the purposes of standardized match negotiations.
National Federations Edit
- The American Checker Federation (ACF), founded in 1948 (check date), supervises and promotes checkers in the United States, maintains player ratings and records, and organizes an annual National Tournament. Though most of its members are of course Americans, the ACF has also had members in Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, the United States, Wales, and the West Indies.
- The English Draughts Association (EDA) was founded in 1897 and, along with the British Draughts Federation (website?), organizes competitive draughts in England.
- Please add other federation websites and brief descriptions. There will be a separate section for state/region federations.