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2003 Checkers Games

Lamine Diakite vs Alex Baljakin
Lamine Diakite vs Alex Baljakin
Netherlands Championship Checkers Game
Den Haag

Ballgooijen vs Alex Baljakin
Ballgooijen vs Alex Baljakin
Orap Checkers Game Open Axioma,
Netherlands
Hans Jansen vs Alex Baljakin

Hans Jansen vs Alex Baljakin
Netherlands Checkers Game Championship Den Haag

2004 Checkers Game Competitions

Alex Baljakin vs Ron Heusdens
Alex Baljakin vs Ron Heusdens
2nd Place Silver
Netherlands Checkers Championship Open

Huissen Checkers Game Last Round

Huissen Last Round Netherlands Checkers Game Championship

Nijmegen 1st Place Game 2005
Nijmegen 1st Place Game 2005
Amongst several mind sport competitions, Alex Baljakin participated in the following major checkers game tournaments: the Cannes International Festival des Jeux or Festival of Draughts/Checkers, the Netherlands National Championship at Groningen, the Team World Checkers Game International Draughts Championship in Varazze Italy with teammates Harm Wiersma, Rob Clerc and Kees Thijssen and the World Championship Checkers Game Tournament Match in Amsterdam.
Auke Scholma vs Alex Baljakin
Auke Scholma vs Alex Baljakin
4th Place
Groningen Checkers Game Tournament.
Alex Baljakin vs Rob Clerc Game
Alex Baljakin vs Rob Clerc Nederlands Kampioenschap~Netherlands
Championship Tournament.

Checkers Game Tournaments

Alex Baljakin traversed Europe to join his teammates Harm Wiersma, Rob Clerc, Ron Heusdens and Kees Thijssen in Varazze, Italy for the World Team Draughts/Checkers Game Championship match in 2005. The roster included teams from sixteen other countries, in which many world Grandmasters participated: Belarus, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Guinee, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Switzerland and Ukraine.

In this International checkers game competition, the Netherlands team challenged, defeated and played to draws at the checkerboard familiar opponents such as Alexander Georgiev, Alexei Tsjizjov, Alexander Schwarzman, Alexander Getmanski, Guntis Valneris, Jean-Marc Ndjofang, Ndonzi Flaubert, Leopold Kouogueu, Ndiaga Samb, Bassirou Ba, Anatoli Gantwarg and Arnaud Cordier. Of course, these great checkers game players only accounted for a portion of the roster in this checkers arena.

World Team Draughts/Checkers Championship, Varazze Italy

Alex Baljakin vs Raldo Varik (Estonia)
Alex Baljakin vs Raldo Varik (Estonia)
Alex Baljakin vs Alexei Tsjizjov
Alex Baljakin vs Alexei Tsjizjov
In this checkers game tournament of high caliber play across the checkerboard, where opposing forces displayed tactical skill in attack and defense with variations in checkers moves, the Netherlands team shared defeat in the Quarter Finals of the World Championship when it lost to Russia by a final checkers total of two wins to none. Russia scored five points to the three by Netherlands. The individual games of Baljakin~Tsjizjov, Wiersma~Georgiev and Thijssen~Schwarzman all ended in draws with a score of one win each, but Rob Clerc could not pull off a win or tie against Alex Getmanski and this defeat of two losses was the unfortunate finale for the Dutch Grandmasters.

The final outcome gave Russia the gold with first place. Senegal placed second and won silver, while Latvia ranked third and won bronze. Belarus took fourth place and the Netherlands secured fifth in its win against France with a score of 5 wins to 3. In this match, only Alex Baljakin won his checkers game, while Ron, Rob, and Kees finished in draws.

Unfortunately, however, the checkers competition did not come off without a hitch and Cameroon faced some racial slurs posed by Italian players during the tournament. Some compensation was made, but at the end of the tournament, the Netherlands, Senegal, Cameroon, and Guinea filed a protest against the Italian Draughts/Checkers Federation for its disorganization and lack of consideration towards the delegations. This would be taken to the FMJD and the matter would be investigated to qualify the merit of the complaint. It would be a blessing to see the mind sport game unaffected by the ways of the world, but life just doesn't function in such a manner and despite good intentions of organizers, often circumstances exist to spoil even the best planned championship checkers game tournament match.

2005 Checkers

Cannes Open Festival Des Jeux

Cannes Open Festival Des Jeux
1st Place
International Checkers Game Champion
Alex Baljakin vs Hans Jansen 
Alex Baljakin vs Hans Jansen
Siarhei Nasevich (Belarus) vs Alex Baljakin
Siarhei Nasevich (Belarus) vs Alex Baljakin

World Checkers Championship, Amsterdam Netherlands

World International Draughts/Checkers Champions

Alex Baljakin (Bronze ~3rd), Alexei Tsjizjov (Gold~1st), & Guntis Valneris (Silver~2nd)
at World International Draughts/Checkers Champions Amsterdam, Netherlands.
When the International Grandmasters congregated in Amsterdam for the checkers Games World Championship competition, the players had plenty to see in Amsterdam besides a checkerboard.

Amsterdam Checkers Games

View of a Amsterdam Canal
View of a Amsterdam Canal
View of a Amsterdam Canal  Boats
View a the Amsterdam Canal Boats
View of the Amsterdam Bridge
View of the Amsterdam Bridge
Historic Hotel 
Historic Hotel in Amsterdam
City Sunset
City Sunset
Amsterdam-Rijn Canal
Amsterdam-Rijn Canal
Bijlmer, Amsterdam
Bijlmer, Amsterdam

2006 Alex Baljakin

Another year passed and brought new opportunities for Alex to participate in the familiar setting of checkers game tournament competition. Again he challenged notable masters across the checkerboard and faced new opponents, new checker game techniques and new endgames in the world of this mind sport. Baljakin’s game expertise and board strategies led him to the final rounds of various tournaments and championships in the European International Draughts/Checkers arena. Amongst the numerous competitions he participated in, Alex usually placed in the top ranks with the other International checkers game Grandmasters.

 








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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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