- Veröffentlicht am Montag, 06. März 2017 12:07
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 before it was booked out. And let’s be honest, that would have been a pity. A real pity.
To my dismay I had never heard of the Pfalz Open. I must have lived on the moon for the last years (or rather, the U.S.) since with over 500 participants it is one of the biggest tournaments in Germany, growing in size every year. It was no surprise to me that people are coming back year after year to play in the tournament because it was very well organized with a great staff team taking care of the catering and competent arbiters who knew their business.
Now, let’s talk chess. I was ranked No. 5 in the list before the tournament, with a broad field of IMs and GMs making their way to Neustadt an der Weinstraße. There is this saying that the first round is often the toughest and indeed it hold true this time.
You can read the rest of the article on beyond-chess blog.
- Veröffentlicht am Freitag, 16. Dezember 2016 17:04
Together with some chess friends, I have started a new chess blog called beyond-chess.com! On this blog, we explore topics that go beyond the chess board and how chess influences different aspects of our lives. I wrote a post on how chess has allowed me to visit new countries and also learn some geography Here's the beginning:
"I felt quite ignorant. When my friend asked me “Would you like to play a tournament in Suriname?”, I immediately replied “What is Suriname?”. Of course, tech-savvy as I am, I used an online search engine named Google to find out. Still, I was not sure. Did he really mean the former Dutch colony in South America, bordering in the South on Brazil and in the West and East on Guyana and French Guyana, respectively? He did. And so..."
You can read the rest of the article here.
- Veröffentlicht am Dienstag, 23. August 2016 19:15
I know it's been ages. You probably thought I am dead or have somehow disappeared from the edge of the Earth. Well, I have not. I just stopped posting on this website and regrettably, I took forever to point this out. Until now.
For all new visitors to my page, hi! You can find more information about myself in the "Biography" tab. Or, if you are a chess geek like me, you can browse through the massive collection of game analyses I have created of my own games and top level games (sometimes there was even an overlap)
- Veröffentlicht am Donnerstag, 18. Dezember 2014 17:28
ich hab ein kleines Schnellschach-Match (zwei Partien 10 Min) gegen den deutschen Spitzengroßmeister Jan Gustafsson gespielt. Anschließend haben wir noch ein gemeinsames Analysevideo aufgenommen in dem wir entspannt über unsere Gedanken während den Partien quatschen. Viel Spaß beim Anschauen!
- Veröffentlicht am Mittwoch, 26. November 2014 20:26
Since I recorded all of my World Championship analyses in German, I felt like I neglected you English speaking guys out there a little bit. So I recorded a video in which I point out all the critical moments of the match. I go through the games one by one and explain to you the essential moments. I hope you enjoy my recap!
- Veröffentlicht am Dienstag, 25. November 2014 01:49
Carlsen hat seinen Titel verteidigt und bleibt Schachweltmeister! In der elften Partie kam ein weiteres Mal die Berliner Verteidigung aufs Brett und Anand hatte mit den schwarzen Steinen keinerlei Probleme. In einer ungefähr ausgeglichenen Stellung goss der Inder jedoch ordentlich Öl ins Feuer, indem er überraschend die Qualität opferte. Carlsen schnappte zu und führte in weltmeisterlicher Manier die Partie zum Sieg. Hier ist meine Analyse: