Czech Federation of Mancala Games

Czech Open Pardubice

Festival website here

International Festival of Chess and Games Czech Open is held every year in July for 17 days. Usually starts on Thursday. It has two parts, in the first part, there are many different games, in the second, there are mostly chess. There is usually few thousands of participants from more than 50 countries.

Information about program is available aproximately from April. Complete program for mankala games can be found in Mankala section on festival website. We kindly ask all participants of any mancala tournament to fill in the on-line form, preferably by 15 June to get discount on starting fee. As tournament you can write just Mancala, as this form is for main organizers to recognize Chess, Mancala, Go and other game players.

After arrival to Pardubice you should go to winter stadium (in czech Zimni stadion). Bus and train station are close and you can walk about 20 minutes or go by bus (3, 10, 16, ...) 3 or 4 stops. If you enter the building, on the right side you find 5 tables of registration. Pick up your name card at table 1, fill in requested info, then go to table 3 (2 is for chess players only) and get your accomodation. Table 4 calculates your cost (accomodation and starting fee) and table 5 collect money. You can pay in CZK or in EUR. Then you can go to play. In case you arrive late evening, let us know before your arrival.

Most players stay in University hostel. It is 15 minutes walk or 2 stops by bus. Internet is available and there is kitchen and bathroom at each floor. Players interested in better hotels can choose the best option on festival website.

Participants from outside of Shengen area may need visa. In this case, we can prepare invitation letter. Contact us soon, as it may take few weeks to finish the procedure.

Program of the mancala part

Day 9:30-12:30 13:30-15:30 16-18 18:30-20:30
Thursday 12.7. Registration Toguz 45, Mangala 30 Bestemshe Bestemshe
Friday 13.7. Toguz 45, Mangala 30 Mangala 20 Mangala 20 Mangala 20, Toguz computers
Saturday 14.7. Toguz 45, Mangala 30 Toguz 20 Toguz 20 Toguz 20, Toguz computers
Sunday 15.7. Toguz 45, Mangala 30 Oware 20 Oware 20 Oware 20
Monday 16.7. Toguz Junior Toguz Junior Bohnenspiele Bohnenspiele
Tuesday 17.7. Toguz 7 Masters/ExpertsMasters/ExpertsMasters/Experts
Wednesday 18.7. Toguz 45, Mangala 30 Toguz 45, Mangala 30 BaoBao
Thursday 19.7. Toguz 45, Mangala 30Masters/ExpertsCeremonyDepartures

Numbers means time for one player and one round. Bestemshe and Bao will start about 5pm, Bohnenspiele may start about 3pm. Masters/Experts block is suitable for beginners as well as for people interested in many variants of mancala games. There will be tournaments in games like Hawalis, Um El Bagara, Longbeu-A-Cha or others.

There are other activities we offer during festival.

Day Activity
Thursday 12.7. Festival of Abstract Games, training of Ordo
Friday 13.7. Festival of Abstract Games, training of Ordo
Saturday 14.7. Festival of Abstract Games, training of Ordo, tournament in Ordo
Sunday 15.7. Othello - tournament, Quartino - presentation, Festival of Abstract Games, training of Ordo
Monday 16.7. Turkish dama - tournament, Quartino - presentation, trip to castle or chateau
Tuesday 17.7. Thai dama - tournament, Quartino - tournament
Wednesday 18.7. Dameo - tournament, trip to castle or chateau
Friday 20.7. Quartino - presentation, Festival of Abstract Games
Saturday 21.7. Quartino - presentation, Festival of Abstract Games
Sunday 22.7. Quartino - tournament, Festival of Abstract Games
Monday 23.7. - Saturday 28.7. Festival of Abstract Games

Complete info for download (pdf): Mankala, Thai dama, Turkish Dama and Dameo, Quartino, Festival of Abstract Games