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7 requirements to become a chess grandmaster

Many people work hard on their chess. But while some seem to easily climb up the Elo ladder others get frustrated as they get stuck way behind. Only about 1,500 players or 0.3 % of registered Fide players currently hold… Continue Reading →

Women’s World Championships 2017 – Pairings Round 1

FIDE announces the first round pairings for the forthcoming Women’s World Championship to be held in Tehran, Iran. As you can see, yours truly will be paired against the former Women’s world champion from 2001 to 2004, GM Zhu Chen…. Continue Reading →

Interview with Le Quang Liem

After finishing my graduate school a month ago, I could really relate how hard it was to keep competing professionally while maintaining my school’s grade. But for Le Quang Liem, it is as if ain’t no mountain high enough. Since… Continue Reading →

Opening repertoire: work in progress

When I’m lying in bed and reach to the shelf next to me, where some (more or less) frequently used chess books are piled up, the probability of grabbing an opening book is quite high. There is a book on… Continue Reading →

Interview with Dorsa Derakhshani

Attending the Beautiful Minds Krulich Cup in Munich I felt it was a nice opportunity to spontaneously do a first interview for beyond-chess.com. My attention was drawn to the youngest participant, Dorsa Derakhshani from Iran. Read about her ambitious goals… Continue Reading →

Just…

The World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin excited the chess community (and beyond!) in November 2016. We, the Beyond Chess team took that opportunity as a starting point for our new blog. You, the readers, are… Continue Reading →

Zugzwang Munich facing tough tasks in Mülheim

Only two weeks after the last rounds Schachbundesliga saw the rounds 5+6 to end year 2016. MSA Zugzwang Munich – underdog in the Schachbundesliga It has come as no surprise that my team MSA Zugzwang Munich went into the weekend… Continue Reading →

In the shadow of giants – Bundesliga in Hockenheim

“What a pretentious title!” you might think. Well, decide for yourself after taking a look at the team-lineup from OSG Baden-Baden last weekend in the 1.Bundesliga: Fabiano Caruana (2822, World’s N°2) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2803, World’s N°4) Viswanathan Anand (2780, World’s… Continue Reading →

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