I was born because of chess.
Not many players can make that claim, but it’s true!
My grandparents met because my great-grandfathers played in the same chess club.
I still have the old manual chess clock of my great-grandfather:
I actually didn’t find out about this until my mother told me this story when I was playing tournament chess for 8 years already! Chess is in my genes and I feel naturally drawn to the game.
Let’s go back in time.
When I first started playing chess, I was like many 12-year-olds: Awkward, shy and the opposite of confident.
Chess immediately fascinated me — but I didn’t think that I’d be good at it.
Nevertheless, I joined the chess club. My first match was on the last board as a replacement against an experienced player with ca. 1450 ELO.
Nowadays that’s an easy task, but for me as a beginner this guy was super strong.
No one expected me, a new player, to win. But I did.
This taught me to be confident in myself and in my decisions. It changed the way I viewed myself.
I’ve been trying to improve at chess ever since.
On this website, I want to share my journey of chess improvement with you.
Reach the next level in chess.
I want to provide you with practical articles that help you improve.