In the northern part of the Netherlands is a province that not only has a language and a culture of its own, but also its own mind sport: Frisian Draughts. This version of draughts has been played for over 400 years in this part of the world.
Frisian draughts has on a number of occasions ventured outside the Netherlands, for example to France, Denmark and Sweden. In Paris, the Frisian rules were combined with the French rules to produce a new variant: International Draughts.
It is our intention to introduce the original Frisian rules to the world once more. The original Frisian rules have the considerable advantage that games only seldom end in a draw.
With the help of a manuals, apps and other internet features, we plan to introduce draughts players all over the world to this spectacular game. In 2018, we held the first official Frisian Draughts World Championships.
Every year, the best players in the world will be invited to come to the Frisian town of Franeker to try Frisian Draughts. From 2013 until now, many champions in mindsports were among the participants like Jean Marc Ndjofang, Hans Jansen, Anatoli Gantvarg, Alexander Georgiev, Alexander Schwarzman, Guntis Valneris, Michele Borghetti and Vasyl Ivanchuk.
They all love Frisian draughts!
WFD - World Championships Frisian Draughts
2014 Alexander Georgiev explains Frisian Draughts
Omrop Fryslan is making an interview with Alexander Georgiev from Sint Petersburg.
Every year tournaments in Tresoar, the Dutch library for mindsports.
Preparations for their first tournament
In 2014 Jean Marc Ndjofang and Macodou 'NDiaye enjoying combinations
Playing at the Stadsherberg in Franeker
Exciting moments for youth players
Titled "Chess players" from Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
In reality a whink to the origin of draughts, Alma Tadema came from Fryslân and was only familiar with Frisian draughts.
Grandmastertournament in 2012
Folkert Groenveld, Tsjerk Wijbenga, Taeke Kooistra and Marten Walinga
At the Inn "De Nederlanden" in Leeuwarden, 14 january 1956, Eelke van der Woude
Foeke Tiemensma, Marten Walinga, Germ Terpstra and Taeke Kooistra
Hans Jansen plays FRYSK! against Patrick Casaril
Macodou and Ndjofang practising
Alexander Georgiev and Aleksej Domchev watching their struggles
Has Jansen and Michele Borghetti
Playing at draughts
Painting from Dirk Jacobs Ploegsma at the Frisian Museum
Fryslân Open tournament on the tall ship Elisabeth