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Harm Wiersma
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Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Ton Sijbrands
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The checkers tournament clock takes us back to 1967 at the Netherlands National International draughts Championships at Utrecht/Apeldoorn. Two young Dutch checkers game players and future Grandmasters in this great mind sport meet across the checkerboard some time during the competition but are also provided with an opportunity to observe each other’s games against other opponents. One youth has not yet turned 14 and the other just turned 17 a few months before. One speculates they are the youngest checkers game challengers in this competition.

The players are Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands. They have moved out of the youth category and are facing serious opposition at the checkerboard. How strong are their game skills and analytical techniques?
The checkers careers that follow speak loudly for the natural abilities in strategy and tactical moves as well as innovative and imaginative play of these two local, National and International checkers champions.

In the first few years of their careers, Harm and Ton participate in many of the same tournaments such as the Suikertoernooi, Bijlmer, National and World Championships. They face each other as opponents and rivals for championship titles, but then as time passes, they move in slightly different directions. Ton Sijbrands steps away from the World competition for about fifteen years because the World checkers circuit proves to be too stressful, though Harm Wiersma continues to play in the checkers arena for a few more years until he is some what disillusioned with the outcome of the 1984 World Championship, though he did win the World title.


Ton Sijbrands focuses on his writing about the checkers realm and participates in the game at club level and national competitions. Harm Wiersma is involved in coaching for the Dutch Checkers Federation, his business, and competitions outside the World arena. Harm Wiersma is later involved in politics, but throughout their careers, they still meet at tournaments and game functions, and with time, develop a friendship within the circle of the checkers game.

As time matures the checkers game players, will their paths be forged closer? Will their innate love of checkers continue to bring these two Dutch former World Champions together time and again and how will they impact the realm of checkers within Dutch society? The future will tell a very interesting story. Keep posted.

And so it began…



Harm Wiersma Player
Harm Wiersma
Player at the Club
Newspaper Article
Newspaper Article about
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Ton Sijbrands Checkers Game Play
Ton Sijbrands Player
1964 Harm Wiersma
1964
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands



1967 Ton and Harm
1967
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands

1970~1981 Ton and Harm
1970~1981
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
1970~1981 Game
1970~1981
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands Game
Checkers Game Players
Checkers Game Players
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands Battle
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Players Locked in Battle
Harm Wiersma and Ton Game
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Harm Wiersma and Ton
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands
Harm Wiersma 4
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands 4

Harm Wiersma 5
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands 5
Harm Wiersma 6
Harm Wiersma
and
Ton Sijbrands 6
A new meaning to go fish!
A new meaning to go fish!
Harm Wiersma 1997
The new outdoors champ?
Tired of regular checkers?
Developing a new
Developing a new
checkers variant, Ton?
Ton Sijbrands vs Igor

Ton Sijbrands vs Igor
1995

The Two Dutch Smiley Faces
The Two Dutchmen
at the European Championship in 1999
with and without smiley faces.

Ton/Harm Checkers Trivia

As long as Ton contested the Netherlands National checkers championship, Harm always seemed to place behind the slightly older, slightly more experienced Grandmaster, but as soon as the checkers field was clear for Harm alone, he took the checkers game throne in the National tournament. Here is how it went:

1965 ~ TS (10th), no ‘Harm’ yet!
1966 ~ TS (2nd), still no ’Harm’ yet!
1967 ~ TS (1st), HW (3rd)
1968 ~ What happened, boys?
1969 ~ TS (1st), HW (3rd)
1970 ~ TS (1st), HW (2nd)
1971 ~ TS (1st), HW (5th) ~ bad day, Harm?
1972 ~ Harm alone (1st) ~ where were you, Ton?
1973 ~ TS (1st), HW (2nd)
1974 ~ HW (1st) (TS ~ Ton Sijbrands, HW ~ Harm Wiersma)
1975 ~ HW (1st)
1976 ~ HW (1st)
1977 ~ HW (1st)
1978 ~ no Harm
1979 ~ HW (2nd)
1980 ~ HW (3rd) ~ slipping!
1981 ~ HW (3rd) ???? Tired?
~ Ton steps back from World and National competition until 1988
1988 ~ TS (1st)
1992 ~ HW (1st)
2001 ~ HW (1st)

Harm Wiersma Checkerboard
Harm Wiersma Checkerboard
Ton Sijbrands Checkerboard
Ton Sijbrands Checkerboard

Forever and always, the game is CHECKERS…








Netherlands Harm Wiersma
Checkers Game Simultaneous Record World Champion Harm Wiersma Harm Wiersma European Champion
Representative Wiersma Dutch checkers Harm Wiersma Players Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands

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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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