I just talked to a Russian lady last week and she told me that checkers and chess is insituted in russian schools. She also is getting alot of information on checkers for me. real nice lady and said she could play as well. just looking at the pictures it would seem that the americans should or would institute that idea in the schools here. i also knew a man when i first started playing that brought me up told me that he knew a russian man that lived across the street. he asked him why are you all so good? the man says we start at very early age in schools that if you can get a kids mind open you can teach him/her anything. the pictures posted on the site tells it all with all the minor kids willing to learn especially from grandmasters! roughneck
by the way my tutor told me the russian says he hadnt played in a long time. but mu tutor walter johnson says he was playing everyday and this russian player had him running in just about every game haha!