Coming in tenth was the best that Pim Meurs could achieve at the World Checkers Championship which ended last weekend. 'I should have done better against the weaker players.'
Meurs won two matches; the rest ended in draws. 'I would have liked to win more', says Meurs. 'The best checkers players are from Russia and the Netherlands. I should have done better against the weaker players. Those matches would have made the difference.'
Meurs is not quite satisfied with coming in tenth out of twenty contestants. 'This was my first world championship, and my first 3-week long tournament. I wouldn't forget the feeling of excitement, the preparations and the bouncing back in between. But I would have loved to end up among the top eight; that would have given me a better status at NOC*NSF. I will get another chance in July in a world cup tournament in Russia.'
There wasn't any homeground advantage, says this Wageningen student of Food Technology. 'It wouldn't have mattered much where the tournament took place.' However, his family and girlfriend could go to watch him frequently. 'But not every day, mind you. They had to work and attend school as usual.'