Dutchman He retakes title of world checkers in a gruelling final

Roel Boomstra has Sunday his world title checkers recaptured. The 25-year-old Dutchman was in Assen on the exciting last day too strong for the Russian title holder Alexander Schwarzman.

The 51-year-old Schwarzman dethroned Boomstra last year in the Estonian capital Tallinn as a world champion. The Groninger had that title a year earlier conquered against compatriot Jan Groenendijk.

As a former champion had Boomstra the first right to the reigning champion. He may, after Harm Wiersma (six world titles), Piet Roozenburg (four) and Ton Sijbrands (two) the fourth Dutchman that is at least two times world champion.

On the last day of the world cup He is the best after eight parties sneldammen. A barrage had to lead to a conclusion as to the twelve regular parties, no winner had been delivered.

The only victory which He achieved, was not sufficient. The regulations require that three wins are needed for the world title.

The barrage lasted longer than we thought, because after three parties, rapid and three-party blitz, there was still no winner. Still stood He then at 2-0 and he had one victory needed. That he grabbed in the second game of the fastest form of dams, the superblitz.

Roel Boomstra (right) during the final day of the battle for the world championship with the Russian Alexander Schwarzman. ()

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