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Chess and its references and implications beyond the board.

Schachbundesliga

A glorious finish of the Schachbundesliga season took place in Berlin last weekend. Both open and women section were played altogether in Maritim hotel in the city centre under excellent conditions. In the open section Baden-Baden didn’t leave any doubt… Continue Reading →

Interview with GM Nigel Short

Today, I have a special treat for you guys. I had the honor to interview living chess legend Nigel Short during the Bangkok Open in Thailand. As a former world championship contender and Top 100 player for longer than I… Continue Reading →

Preliminary report: Finale of the Schachbundesliga in Berlin

Berlin, Berlin, … Wir fahren nach Berlin! This battle call is usually heard in German stadiums when the victorious football team is heading towards the final of the knockout competition, which is being held in Berlin since 1985. In this… Continue Reading →

Interview with GM Jan Gustafsson

It is my great pleasure to bring to you an interview with one of the most familiar faces in the chess world. He is one of the leading experts in opening theory and was a second of World Champion Magnus… Continue Reading →

Interview with GM Falko Bindrich

I am excited to bring to you another interview, this time with my roommate during the Bangkok Chess Club Open, Grandmaster Falko Bindrich! Falko holds the record for becoming the youngest GM in Germany and is one of the founders… Continue Reading →

Interview with GM Sebastian Bogner

During my travels through Thailand and playing the Bangkok Chess Club Open, I had the pleasure to interview a number of strong grandmasters, with an emphasis on how one can improve their chess skills. The first one in this interview series… Continue Reading →

My Immortal Game | Reporting From The Pfalz Open 2017

That was close! When my friend told me about a strong chess tournament called the “Pfalz Open” in early February, and I wanted to sign up for it, it was almost too late. Just barely I got myself a place… Continue Reading →

Women’s World Championship about to start!

On February 10, Fide Woman’s World Championship kicks off in Tehran, Iran. Until March 3rd, 64 players will compete for the title to replace current Champion Hou Yifan who will not participate. Go to official website. Public controversy on Iran… Continue Reading →

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