Dutch Checkers Career
Harm Wiersma coaching Kees Thijssen
Checking out the Checkerists
Harm Wiersma with personal interpreter.
Harm Wiersma playing at the club
Joeri & Harm Wiersma
Harm Wiersma at Barnsteen Tournament
The following works were written by the Dutch
The Checkers Writer
Throughout the course of his checkers
career from 1963 until 2007, Harm Wiersma became
a dedicated professional checkers game player
who ranked 15th in the World according to the
FMJD as of the beginning of 2008. Apart from
his involvement in simultaneous checkers play
and demonstrations of the game, he is a professional
organizer for checkers tournaments and a businessman.
Thru his Dutch Checkers Career Harm Wiersma
writes about checkers in the newspaper, 'De
Telegraaf' and is a member of the FMJD
board, representing the interests of the Netherlands
checkers game associations.
- Damjeugd, knowledge; Zutphen
- Wiersma over
Sijbrands next Andreiko Wiersma
about Sijbrands vs Andreiko Spectrum,
Utrecht /Antwerp, 1974
Miniature Checkers, Spectrum, Utrecht
/ Antwerp, 1977
- Dammen in ontwikkeling written with P. Lauwen, Checkers Under Development Part 1 and 2, Leiden, 1980
- Dammen, Inleidende spelkennis (Introductory Checkers) Tirion Sports, Baarn, 1987
- Dammen, De rol van de combinatie (Checkers, The Role of the Combination)1987, Tirion Sports, Baarn
- Dammen, Strategie en taktiek (Checkers, Strategy and Tactics) 1987, Tirion Sports, Baarn
- Dammen, Analyse van spelvormen (Checkers, Analysis of Plays) 1987, Tirion Sports, Baarn
Checkers Career Of The Harm Wiersma, Dutch Grandmaster At The Checkerboard.
Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow…
Harm Wiersma 1
The above photos depict the early years in
the Dutch checkers career of the Harm Wiersma,
Dutch Grandmaster at the checkerboard. He is
first seen as a member of the Netherlands team
against the Soviet Union checkers team in 1968,
then three years later Harm Wiersma is facing
an opponent in one of the many tournaments
he entered. After that, Harm is a spectator
to a match between Krijn Toet and Frans Hermelink
at the World Championships in 1972. Following
this, Harm is deep in concentration during
another of his many checkers games in 1975.
The final pictures show Harm Wiersma in two
of his competitions from his World Championship
match in 1976 defeating Nevio Zorn from Italy
and Raoul Delhom from France. This first world
championship title was the beginning of a great
many successful checkers games in his career.
Harm Wiersma has played against numerous Dutch,
European and International tournaments and
World Championships during the course of his
checkers career, which has spanned more than
forty-four years to date.
During that time, the Dutch Grandmaster has faced
both Master and Grandmaster opponents across the
checkerboard during his checkers career, and International
players include: Iser Koeperman, Anatoli Gantwarg,
Alexander Dibman, Alexei Tsjizjov, Guntis Valneris,
Andris Andreiko, ‘Slawa’ Sjtsjogolev,
Baba Sy, Fidele Nimbi, Mamina N’Diaye, Raoul
Bubbi and Carl ‘Buster’ Smith. Dutch
checkers national opponents included: Ton Sijbrands,
Frans Drost, Hans Jansen, Rob Clerc, Piet Roozenburg,
Jannes van der Wal, Auke Scholma, Bauke Bies, Anton
Schotanus, Pieter Bergsma, Menno Bandstra, Sjoerd
Visser, Johan Capelle, Hendrik van der Zee, Kees
Thijssen and various others.
Over the course of his Dutch checkers career, Harm
Wiersma was involved in the mind sport of checkers
in various capacities from Grandmaster player to
coach to demonstrator to simultaneous player. He
participated in 17 National Championships in the
Netherlands of which he won eight titles, won six
checkers World Championship titles and one European
Championship title. Wiersma participated in numerous
checkers tournaments and competitions in the International
arena where he displayed an innovative game and personality.
His techniques at the checkerboard easily showed
that he loved complex propositions and creative ‘crooks’ and
could come from behind the leader to win the championship
once the initiative was there.
Harm Wiersma is indeed a Dutch politician with a past and now into the 21st century, where will his love of checkers take him next?