Pattaya draughts tourney raises 32,000 baht for charity

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The 12th Thailand Open draughts tournament was held from May 6 – 15 at the Jomtien Garden hotel. 50 participants representing 10 different countries took part, including African champion Macodou N’Diaye and Dutch champion Ron Heusdens. Players from the Netherlands made up over half of this year’s entrants but the tournament winner was Ivan Trofimov from Russia.

Players shake hands prior to one of the early qualifying matches.

During the tournament, players and spectators made donations to the tune of 32,000 baht to be handed over to the Shelter Center Pattaya which cares for orphaned and abandoned children.

*Photos provided courtesy of Just Nice Photography.

Shelter Center Pattaya received a cash donation from the players while the children were presented with games and puzzles.