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World Checkers 1983
Checkers Champion Volmac Achtkamp
Checkers Champion Volmac Achtkamp
Jannes with Joop den Uyl “In de Rooie Haan” World Checkers
Jannes with Joop den Uyl “In de Rooie Haan” World Checkers Championship Radio Program
Checkers Champion Volmac Achtkamp on radio
Checkers Champion Volmac Achtkamp on radio.
After his World title checkers win, world champion van der Wal appeared on TV and in the radio program, In de Rooie Haan, as part of his promotion. Then Jannes played in the Volmac tournament and later defended his World Championship Title but was defeated by Harm Wiersma, who became the World Champion of 1983.

Harm Wiersma, World Champion & Jannes van der Wal, 2nd place

Harm Wiersma, World Champion & Jannes van der Wal, 2nd place.
Checkers ChampionJannes van der Wal Netherlands Championship Schagen, 1983 (11th)
Checkers Champion
Jannes van der Wal Netherlands Championship Schagen,
1983
(11th)
Checkers Champion Jannes van der Wal Flevohof Biddinghuizen Simultaneous Play 1984
Checkers Champion
Jannes van der Wal
Flevohof Biddinghuizen
Simultaneous Play
1984
Jannes van der Wal at Interland Team Netherlands vs Netherlands vs 1984
Jannes van der Wal at Interland Team Netherlands
Russia
1984

Netherlands National Checkers Championship, Abcoude 1985

Checker Champion Jannes vs Wim van der Kooij
Checker Champion Jannes vs Wim van der Kooij
Checker Champion Jannes concentrating on a move
Checker Champion Jannes concentrating on a move.
Checker Champion Jannes taking a music break from the checkerboard
Checker Champion Jannes taking a music break from the checkerboard.

van der Wal won the Championship tournament for the third time during his checkers career.

Checkers Champion van der Wal 1986
Checkers Champion
Jannes van der Wal Groningen 1986
Checkers Champion Groningen
Checkers Champion
Jannes van der Wal enroute to Groningen National Checkers Championship 1987
1987 National Checkers Champion Jannes van der Wal
1987
National Checkers Champion
Jannes van der Wal
1987 Simultaneous Play World Record 92% Win
1987 Simultaneous Play World Record 92% Win against 225 opponents.
Checker Champion Den Helder
Checker Champion
Den Helder
vs Arjan van Leeuwen
1994
Nijmegen Championship
Dutch Checkers Champion van der Wal
Dutch Checkers Champion van der Wal
Nijmegen
1990
Checkers Champion Jannes van der Wal World Cup Checkers Den Haag
Checkers Champion Jannes van der Wal World Cup Checkers Den Haag
Jannes van der Wal only captured the dream of World Champion once during his checkers career; however, he did become National Champion four times, as well as club champion at the checkerboard. His record also included two 2nd place and one 3rd place in the Dutch championships and a couple of lesser rankings of 8th in 1978 and 11th in 1983. The latter may have been the result of losing the World Championship title that same year to Harm Wiersma.

The Two Sides of van der Wal

The Frisian checkers Grandmaster readily displayed a dichotomy within his youthful personality. There were definitely two sides to this champion of the checkerboard. On one hand, game opponents and spectators saw a sharp mind and intense spirit, who often appeared to be focused on his own way, living quietly in a world of his own making. Indeed, there were some who found him ‘odd’, ‘eccentric’ and even ‘not normal’; however, there were others who thought the young champion to be a genius and therefore, he was granted some freedom towards an eccentric nature.

By the age of twenty, champion van der Wal knew that his iron determination would lead him towards becoming World Champion in the checkers arena. His drive to win was rooted so deep within that he became absorbed in developing creative systems of checkers play that would often leave his opponents far behind. Across the checkerboard his opponents often became the victims of his strong, offensive play. His intensity would be shown by sweat on the brow as he concentrated on his strategies and techniques at the checkerboard, motivated towards the ultimate win, not just of a game or two, but the championship win of the coveted World title in checkers.

There were other times when the checkers world saw a completely different side to van der Wal. After his World Championship win in Brazil in 1982, Jannes became a TV personality. As he had turned to the checkers arena professionally, he didn't make a lot of money playing the mind sport, so he turned his attention to any program that would pay to have him appear on the show and discuss himself, his goals, checkers and anything else in between.

No longer did the audience see a thoughtful, serious and focused Grandmaster in checkers, but a comedian. Here, checkers champion van der Wal would become a different person altogether. In an interview session, van der Wal would sometimes sit and say nothing for a minute or two after a question had been asked, like ‘How old are you?’ so that there would be nothing but silence and dead air. As the pregnant pause ended because the interviewer would lose patience and make another comment, van der Wal would simply smile and then make a joke with regards to the question. Once, he was even asked if checkers had turned him crazy. His rebuttal, which became a well known quote with time, was that ‘a dammer or checker player not talk much’ and he cited an example that if he went into to a bakery for some bread, he would say ‘one bread’. In other words, checkerists saved their mental powers for the checkerboard, for analyses, strategies and tactical moves so that this energy could be saved for the ultimate defeat of the opponent.

When van der Wal's eccentricity would show through at the best of times, even when he told of the times when he took the train to the checkers championship in Utrecht and he would fall asleep and miss his stop or be completely absent minded about it, that he would end up being driven back and forth between Groningen and Zwolle. On the numerous shows that the checkers master participated in, he was always willing to clown around and act outlandish, with a real sense of showmanship and this was probably what brought so many requests for him to appear on a variety of different shows.








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