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Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 5

Harm Wiersma, The Checkers Writer

The following works were written by the Grandmaster checkers player Harm Wiersma.
Damjeugd, knowledge; Zutphen

  • Wiersma over Sijbrands tegen Andreiko Wiersma about Sijbrands vs Andreiko.
    Spectrum, Utrecht /Antwerp,

  • Damminiaturen Miniature Checkers
    1977 Spectrum, Utrecht / Antwerp,

  • Dammen in ontwikkeling; written with P. Lauwen, (Checkers Under Development) 1980 Part 1 and 2, Leiden,

  • Dammen, Inleidende spelkennis (Introductory Checkers)
    1987 Tirion Sports, Baarn,

  • 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
Throughout the course of his checkers career from 1963 until 2007, Harm Wiersma became a dedicated professional checkers 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. He writes about checkers in the newspaper, 'De Telegraaf' and is a member of the FMJD board, representing the interests of the Netherlands checkers associations.

Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow...

1968 1971 1972
Checkers Champion 1
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma 1
Checkers Champion 2
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma 2
Checkers Champion 3
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma 3
1975 1975 1976
Checkers Champion 4
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma 4
Checkers Champion 5
Checkers Champion Harm
Wiersma 5
Checkers Champion 6
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma 6

The above photos depict the early years in the 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 he 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 Wiersma is deep in concentration during another of his many checkers games in 1975. The final pictures show champion 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 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 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 checkered past and now into the 21st century, where will his love of checkers take him next?

Two Dutch Masters

Rivals, Champions, Friends
Harm Wiersma
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 1
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 1
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 2
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 2
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 3
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 3
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 4
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 4
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 5
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma 5

Ton Sijbrands

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma Young
Checkers Champion
Young Harm Wiersma, the player
Checkers Chamions Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands
Checkers Chamions
Harm Wiersma
and Ton Sijbrands
The checkers tournament clock takes us back to 1967 at the Netherlands National International draughts Championships at Utrecht/Apeldoorn. Two young Dutch checkerists 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 if they are the youngest 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 their 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 somewhat disillusioned with the outcome of the 1984 World Championship, though he did win the World title.

Ton 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. He 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 champions, 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...

bNewspaper Article

Newspaper Article
1970 Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma and
Ton Sijbrands
1970 Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands 2
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma
Ton Sijbrands 2
1981 Checkers ChampionsHarm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma
and Ton Sijbrands
Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands

Tired of regular checkers

Harm Wiersma 1997
The new outdoors champ?
Tired of regular checkers?

Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands playing a game of checkersCheckers Champions Harm Wiersma and Ton Sijbrands

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 throne in the National tournament. Here is how it went: (TS ~ Ton Sijbrands, HW ~ Harm Wiersma)

1965 ~ TS (10th), no ‘Harm’ yet!
1966 ~ TS (2nd), still no ‘Harm’
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) Ton steps back
from World and National competition until 1988
1974 ~ HW (1st)
1975 ~ HW (1st)
1976 ~ HW (1st)
1977 ~ HW (1st)
1978 ~ no Harm
1979 ~ HW (2nd)
1980 ~ HW (3rd)~ slipping!
1981 ~ HW (3rd) ???? Tired?
1988 ~ TS (1st)
1992 ~ HW (1st)
2001 ~ HW (1st)

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma

Forever and always, the game is CHECKERS...

Continued Checkers Information, Harm Wiersma

Harm Wiersma Harm Wiersma 2 Harm Wiersma 3
Harm Wiersma 4 Harm Wiersma 5  


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