Harm Wiersma

Harm Wiersma (born 13 May 1953 in Leeuwarden, Dutch Frisia) is a Dutch draughts player and former politician. He is a six-time world champion in draughts and former MP.

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Harm Wiersma (1979)
Harm Wiersma
Harm Wiersma (2006)


In draughts he won his first Dutch championship in 1972, but had been known in the field since age 14. His first world champion title took place in 1976 and his last occurred in 1984. He continued to be important in the game and won the European championship in 1999. He has also written on draughts.

His political career was short and troubled. He was strongly impressed with Pim Fortuyn and in a 2003 interview compared him to Desiderius Erasmus.[1] Hence he became one of 26 members of the Pim Fortuyn List elected in 2002 with his main concern being Eastern Europe and sports. Harm Wiersma has worked with Eastern European companies. His son Joeri Wiersma who studied Governmentmanagement at the Thorbecke Academy worked as his personal assistant and is named after the film doctor Yuri Zhivago written by Boris Pasternak. Later he married a Russian wife and had two daughters. However he left the House of Representatives in the following year, 2003, due to difficulties in his municipality. (See LPF article for other difficulties that might have played a role) This exit, combined with his being a draughts player, has led to the pun that he is a "Dutch politician with a checkered past."


  • (in Dutch) Dam Miniaturen (1977), book about draughts


  1. ^ Elke dag weer simultaan op het Binnenhof, de Volkskrant, 5 October 2002

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1982 in the Netherlands

This article lists some of the events from 1982 related to the Netherlands.

Alexander Baljakin

Alexander Baljakin (born 8 April 1961) is a Dutch draughts player born in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk. He is also a writer of books about draughts.

Baljakin became junior World Champion when he was still performing as a member of the Soviet team. In this period he became Soviet national champion in 1982, 1988 and 1989. He also won a gold medal at the Summer Olympiad in 1985 and as well as a silver at the World Championships in 1986. He won the Team World Cup in 1987.He moved to Minsk in 1986 and after the fall of the Soviet Union he gained Belarusian citizenship, becoming national champion six consecutive times. He also won three bronze medals at the World Championships of 1992, 1994 and 1996 and was the Grandmasters Champion in 1995. In 1999 he won a silver medal at the rapid draughts World Championships.In 2001 he moved to the Netherlands, gained Dutch citizenship and reached the A status which secures top sporters in the Netherlands money to live and focus on their sport. As a Dutchman he won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championship Draughts in Amsterdam, while in 2007 he won the Balt Cup in Vilnius.Baljakin has also written five books about draughts. Three of those together with Harm Wiersma in Dutch, one with Anatoli Gantvarg in English and one by himself in Dutch.

Draughts World Championship

The Draughts World Championship is the world championship in international draughts and is held every two years. In the even year following the tournament, the World Title match takes place. The men's championship began in 1885 in France and since 1948 it's organised by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD). The men's championship has had winners from the Netherlands, Canada, the Soviet Union, Senegal, Latvia, and Russia.

The current men's champion is Alexander Schwartzman.

Since 1998, there is also a Draughts World Championship held with the blitz time control (5 minutes plus an increment of 5 seconds per move), and since 2014 also with the rapid time control (15 min + 5 sec per move).

Harm (given name)

Harm is a Dutch masculine given name. It's a short form of Harmen (Herman) and is most common in the North East of the Netherlands. People with the name include:

Harm Bart (born 1942), Dutch mathematician and economist

Harm Beertema (born 1952), Dutch PVV politician

Harm de Blij (1935–2014), Dutch-born American geographer

Harm Bouckaert (born 1934), Dutch-American art dealer

Harm Brouwer (born 1957), Dutch Labour Party politician

Harm van den Dorpel (born 1981), Dutch conceptual artist in Berlin

Harm van Houten (1892–1952), Dutch journalist and politician

Harm Jansen (born 1967), Dutch road bicycle racer

Harm Kamerlingh Onnes (1893–1985), Dutch painter, draughtsman, and ceramist

Harm Klueting (born 1949), German historian and theologian

Harm Kolthek (1872–1946), Dutch printer, journalist, trade unionist and politician

Harm Kuipers (born 1947), Dutch speed skater

Harm Lagaay (born 1946), Dutch automobile designer

Harm van der Meulen (1925–2007), Dutch trade unionist and politician

Harm Osmers (born 1985), German football referee

Harm Ottenbros (born 1943), Dutch road bicycle racer

Harm G. Schröter (born 1948), German economist

Harm Vanhoucke (born 1996), Belgian road bicycle racer

Harm van Veldhoven (born 1962), Dutch-Belgian football player and manager

Harm Wiersma (born 1953), Dutch world champion in draughts

Harm Zeinstra (born 1989), Dutch footballerFictionalCapt. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, a character on the U.S. TV series JAG


Leeuwarden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈleːʋɑrdə(n)] (listen), West Frisian: Ljouwert [ˈʎɔːw(ə)t] (listen)), Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality in Friesland in the Netherlands. It is the provincial capital and seat of the States of Friesland. The municipality has a population of 122,293.

The region has been continuously inhabited since the 10th century. It came to be known as Leeuwarden in the early 9th century AD and was granted city privileges in 1435. It is the main economic hub of Friesland, situated in a green and water-rich environment. Leeuwarden is a former royal residence and has a historic city center, many historically relevant buildings, and a large shopping center with squares and restaurants. Leeuwarden was awarded the title European Capital of Culture for 2018.

The Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Tour), an ice skating tour passing the eleven cities of Friesland, started and finished in Leeuwarden.

The following towns and villages within the municipality have populations in excess of 1,000 people: Leeuwarden, Stiens, Grou, Goutum, Wergea, Jirnsum, Reduzum, and Wirdum. The municipality is governed by the mayor Ferd Crone and a coalition of the Labour Party, Christian Democratic Appeal, and GreenLeft.

List of Draughts European Championship winners

The Draughts European Championship is the championship in international draughts (international checkers), since 1965 organised by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD) and European Draughts Confederation. Since 2005 championship on blitz and from 2012 on rapid, both annually.

List of Draughts World Championship winners

The Draughts World Championship in international draughts is the world championship, which began in 1885 in France, since 1948 organized by the World Draughts Federation (FMJD). The men's championship has had winners from the Netherlands, Canada, the Soviet Union, Senegal, Latvia, and Russia.

The championship occurs every two years. In the even year following the tournament must take place the World Title match.

The current men's champion is Roel Boomstra.

The first four mentioned championships (with a *) were international tournaments held in France, they are considered world championships because all leading players were presented in the tournaments.

List of Frisians

This is a list of famous or notable persons considered Frisians by citizenship, ethnicity or nationality.

List of Netherlands draughts championship winners.

List winners of Dutch championship in International draughts.

The first official championship took place in 1908. Since 1911 under auspice of Koninklijke Nederlandse Dambond (KNDB). Many Dutch draughts players became world champion in International draughts.

List of draughts players

List of draughts players is concerned with the leading or champion figures in the history of various forms of draughts. The list should be limited to those who are notable in the game or its history.

List of people from Leeuwarden

This is a chronological list of the most notable people from Leeuwarden, who were either born and raised there or were long-term residents. For a more extensive, alphabetical list see People from Leeuwarden.

See also List of mayors of Leeuwarden

May 13

May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 232 days remaining until the end of the year.

Vadim Virny

Vadim Aleksandrovich Virny (Russian: Вадим Александрович Вирный, born 1965 in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR) is a German (formerly Soviet) International draughts player, an International Grandmaster. He was a European champion, World vice-champion and two-times World team champion in International draughts in the 1980s.

Vadim Virny's father is Alexander Yakovlevich Virny, well known as a draughts coach and an author of several draughts textbooks.


Wiersma is a surname of West Frisian origin. It originated as a patronymic surname, "son of Wier", an old Frisian name that was a contraction of German -wig- ("battle") and -her- ("lord"). Notable people with the surname include:

Enno Dirk Wiersma (1858–1940), Dutch neurologist and psychiatrist (Bourdon-Wiersma test)

Frits Wiersma (1894–1984), Dutch racing cyclist

Harm Wiersma (born 1953), Dutch draughts player

Ids Wiersma (1878–1965), Dutch painter and illustrator

Jan Marinus Wiersma (born 1951), Dutch politician

Jelmer Wiersma, Dutch heavy-metal guitarist

Klaas Wiersma (1917–1993), Dutch politician

Roel Wiersma (1932–1995), Dutch footballer

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