On April 25, a volunteer from Ussuriysk, Galina Dmitrievna Zheludkova, held an event called «Games of My Childhood» at the Sakhalin Regional Museum.
Galina Dmitrievna is a Chairwoman of the Draughts Federation of Russia, a multiple winner of chess tournaments and a trainer. The chess player wants to transfer her skills to the younger generation. She initiated the Project with which she has visited nearly all regions of Russia. The goal of the Project is to show how children played checkers during World War II.
Galina Dmitrievna said that there were no factory-made checkers. The children drew lines on a piece of cloth to make squares on it and some painted black with ash. This was how a chessboard was made where buttons were used as checkers. Sometimes they drew a «board» on the ground, highlighting the cells with sand, and replacing checkers with the pebbles.
The guest brought with her a chessboard painted on the canvas and buttons suitable for the game. With great pleasure boys and girls began to play checkers so unusual for today, being transferred to times when our country had faced great ordeals.
Staff of the Museum gave Galina Dmitrievna a present to remember a journey to Sakhalin Island, a chessboard painted on a canvas with wishes from children and souvenirs.