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Checkers Tournament Balt Cup
Alex Baljakin 2007

Balt Cup Grandmasters

The Balt Cup Grandmasters checkers tournament was a first for Vilnius, Lithuania and International referee, Rima Danileviciene, officiated the competition. The roster of checkers masters was not extensive but still included noteworthy players such as Guntis Valneris, Alexander Getmansky, Ron Heusdens and Raimonds Vipulis. Alex Baljakin played a strong Balt Cup tournament match and succeeded in defeating his opponents across the checkered game board to win the Balt Cup tournament with fourteen points.

During some down time at the checkers competition, Alex Baljakin showed his fellow checkerists that his passport was valid until the year 2061, instead of perhaps 2016. Lucky fellow, he won’t have to ever renew unless the Dutch government catches up with their nice error.
Alex Baljakin showed his fellow checkerists
Alex Baljakin showed his
fellow checkerists that his passport.
Baljakin participated in Draughts/Checkers Festival
Baljakin participated in the 21st Cannes International Draughts/Checkers Festival.
2nd Individual European Championship
2nd Individual European Championship Blitz in Rapid Draughts/Checkers.
The following month in late February, Baljakin participated in the 21st Cannes International Draughts/Checkers Festival and 2nd Individual European Championship Blitz in Rapid Draughts/Checkers.

Again experienced and familiar checkerists who followed the tournaments and competitions in the checkers circuit represented the roster of checkers Masters.
Alex Baljakin vs Patrick Martin
Alex Baljakin vs Patrick Martin Cannes International Checkers Championship Blitz.
Contemplating the checker move
Contemplating the checker move in the European Blitz.
Alex Baljakin in European Championship Draughts/Checkers
Alex Baljakin in European Championship Rapid Draughts/Checkers.
After 11 rounds in the European Rapid games Blitz, Alex Baljakin placed 5th and made it into the eighth finals, where he defeated Ron Heusdens and then Alex moved into the Quarter Finals in the checkers tournament. Here he won his checker games over Misans to advance into the Semi Finals.

In these elimination rounds, the players facing each other across the checkerboard were Baljakin ~ Valneris and Tsjizjov ~ Georgiev. Alex Baljakin and Guntis played three checker games to a draw, and Valneris won the match on Honor Points. Alexei Tsjizjov defeated Alexander Georgiev in a two game checkers match. In the final game of the Blitz, Tsjizjov beat Valneris with a score of one win and one draw. Alexei placed first, Guntis took second place, Alex Baljakin finished 3rd and Alexander Georgiev ranked 4th in the European Rapid checker games Blitz in Cannes.

Unfortunately, Alex Baljakin was not as successful in the Cannes 20th International checkers competition, where he placed 7th; however, once again the final scores were mere points separating the top contenders.

DVSB Nederlands Kampioenschap Dammen Soest 2007

During this provincial checkers championship between the different clubs, Baljakin represented the VBI Huissen Club and placed fourth overall.
Alex displaying checkers
Alex Baljakin displaying checkers moves.
Presentation of 4th place
Presentation of 4th place prize.
Alex displaying checkers moves
Alex Baljakin displaying checkers moves 2.
Following this regional checkers championship in late March, Baljakin joined fellow checkerists in the 8th Barnsteen Open Checkers Tournament held in May. The Dutch-Belarussian Grandmaster readily displayed his checkers game prowess by defeating his opponents with a total score of 65 points and a Werenstandspunten of 119 and thus winning the competition. Hans Jansen placed 2nd with 65/98, while Ron Heusdens finished 3rd with 58/90. Mark Podolsky ranked 4th with 62/83. Apart from many challenging games across the checkerboard, the tournament masters also enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship as well as plenty of good food to nourish the checker mind.

Alex Baljakin and Barnsteen Checkers Opponents

Daouda Soumah
Daouda Soumah
Hans Jansen
Hans Jansen
Harry de Waard
Harry de Waard
Pim Meurs
Pim Meurs
Rienk van Marke
Rienk van Marke
Sven Winkel
Sven Winkel
Aleksej Domtsjev
Aleksej Domtsjev
Valerij Kudriavcev
Valerij Kudriavcev
Ron Heusdens Award
Ron Heusdens Award
The Barnsteen checkers game tournament certainly had a positive end for Alex Baljakin and for a change, he was smiling at the award ceremony. In past competitions, Baljakin was always very composed, and yet very serious, but this checkers competition depicted the other side of the Grandmaster. The tournament roster featured numerous high caliber checkerists, so the 1st place finish was indeed a great achievement for the Dutch~Belarussian checker player.
Alex at the Barnsteen checkers tournament
Alex Baljakin at the Barnsteen checkers tournament 1.
Alex at the Barnsteen checkers trophy
Alex Baljakin at the Barnsteen checkers tournament trophy.
Alex at the Barnsteen checkers tournament start
Alex Baljakin at the Barnsteen checkers tournament 3.
Alex at the Barnsteen checkers tournament middle
Alex Baljakin at the Barnsteen checkers tournament 4.
Alex at the Barnsteen checkers tournament over
Alex Baljakin at the Barnsteen checkers tournament 5.

DNC Den Haag Open International Checkers Tournament

The checkers tournament circuit next took Alex Baljakin and fellow opponents to Den Haag for another competitive match against 20 ‘A’ class masters at the checkerboard. Strategies, tactics, innovative endgames and occasionally perhaps, an oversight of a better checker move led the checker Grandmasters toward the ultimate win and first place checkers game champion reward.

In this competitive match, Alex finished 3rd after 9 rounds of checker play. He was one of the top three competitors to score 14 points and his score of 1337 overall placed him with the bronze award. Flaubert Ndonzi finished second with 14 points and 1347 overall, while Guntis Valneris claimed 1st place with 14 points and 1388 overall. Once again the differential between the checker scores was very small and the final outcome could have gone either way for these checker champions. Alexander Schwarzman, Alex Getmanski, Ron Heusdens and Hans Jansen all finished behind top ranks with 13 points each and close overall scores.
Alexander Schwarzman
Alexander Schwarzman
Alexander Schwarzman, Alex and Ron Heusdens
Alexander Schwarzman,
Alex Getmanski and
Ron Heusdens
Alex Getmanski, Ron and Hans Jansen
Alex Getmanski,
Ron Heusdens and
Hans Jansen








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