Roel Boomstra

Born on the 9th of March 1993, hometown Groningen, World Champion in 2016. KNDB rating 1562, FMJD rating 2408.

Since the beginning of his draughts carreer, Roel wanted to become World Champion. And he succeeded. In 2001 he considered joining the chess club in Soest, but the rigid structure of the club did not suit him. The draughts club was more appealing.

Roel started draughts after a suggestion made by the liquor store owner in Soest. His talent turned out to be great. In 2014, he became European Champion. His scores in World Cups: 2011: 7th, 2013: 3rd. He placed at a disappointing third place behind Georgiev and Groenendijk in 2015, in Emmen, his former hometown. However, he took his opportunity after retirement of Alexander Georgiev, and won convincing from Jan Groenendijk in the match of 2016.

With that he became World Champion at the age of 23. In 2017 he stranded at the semi-finals. He’s combining playing draughts with his physics studies. Boomstra: “Up until now I feel like my form is improving and I hope to really peak in December. The advantage of a match is that you can fully control the outcome. The results of the match will surely be righteous. And with my still growing form I have good hope!”

Schwarzman about his opponent: “Because the style of Roel is more suitable for the match than for tournaments. He always makes the best moves and doesn’t take any risks, I have another style. So, for winning this match I have to change myself.”

Boomstra lost 3 out of 9 regular games against Schwarzman. The last time at Urk, The Netherlands, in 2011 during the WCh. In Peking 2014 Boomstra had his revenge by a in victory the superblitz-tournament of the World Mind Games. They were memorable games.

Match Boomstra – Groenendijk, December 2016 Groningen, Wageningen, The Hague
    Website of the match
    Roel Boomstra: Glimpse  Dayly columns during the match  DvhN 03-12 tm 19-12-2016
    Auke Scholma Round reports  DvhN 05-12 tm 19-12-2016
    TV interviews  RTV Drenthe 03-12 tm 15-12-2018
    Preview  TV De wereld draait door 29-11-2016
    Roel Boomstra world champion  TV De wereld draait door 15-12-2016
    Interviews  videos KNDB
    Auke Scholma en Ton Sijbrands Live comment  videos KNDB
    Geb Kos photos
    Johan Haijtink Verslag  Het Damspel 2017 nr. 1
    Johan Haijtink Interview  Het Damspel 2017 nr. 1
    Bert Dollekamp The smartly moving brain  Het Damspel 2017 nr. 1

Columns by Roel
    De driekoppige draak uit Rusland 22-11-2018
    Het resultaat is altijd terecht 10-09-2018
    Vrijdag de 13e 20-04-2018
    Een nieuw begin 30-03-2018
    Mijn jaar als wereldkampioen 03-10-2017
    Een terugblik op de WK-match 07-01-2017
    Glimpse  Dayly columns during Boomstra – Groenendijk  DvhN 03-12 tm 19-12-2016
    Een terugblik op het WK 2015 27-11-2015

Interviews witht Roel
    Dylan Metselaar  Eerst de wereldtitel dammen, dan weer aan de studie  NRC 27-12-2018
    Ernst Slagter  Ik was klaar om wereldkampioen te worden… maar niet om het te zijn  DvhN 27-12-2017
    Ernst Slagter  Van wonderkind tot wereldkampioen  DvhN 16-12-2016, after the WCh match 2016
    Ernst Slagter  Ik word tegen mezelf beschermd  DvhN 01-12-2016, before the WCh match 2016
    Harm Vonk  Ik heb een dambord in mijn hoofd  DvhN 21-09-2013, before the World Cup 2013 Wageningen
    Harm Vonk  Van wonderkind tot wereldtopper  DvhN 15-09-2012, before the ECh 2012 Emmen
    Sjors Beukeboom  Dammers juichen in stilte  DvhN 02-11-2010

Wouter Sipma assists Roel as a secondant, just as in 2016 during the match against Jan Groenendijk.
In a radio interview with Karin Mulder Wouter talks about his role.
    Dammers houden van bananen: hap, slik en weg  RTV Drenthe 09-12-2018
The columns below in Sportinstad are on this subject.
    Hoogseizoen Sportinstad 05-12-2016
    Damspion Sportinstad 01-06-2018
Also Wouters other columns in Sportinstad (pour le plaisireen bijzondere emailzon zee voetbal en taart) had better be read.