The Dark Side Of Chess: Match-Fixing

The Dark Side Of Chess: Match-Fixing

After writing an article on different types of short Grandmaster draws, it is time to zoom in on the saddest category: pre-arranged draws. Yes, there are even cases of match-fixing wins & losses, but they are much less common than pre-arranged draws. I’m not...
Grandmaster Draws Explained

Grandmaster Draws Explained

The term Grandmaster Draw most likely brings a sad image to your mind. Two lazy Grandmasters are leaving the table after only a couple of Minutes and another Berlin defense move-repetition. This is not wrong, but also not entirely right. Even though most quick draws...
Chess World Championship Match

Chess World Championship Match

On November 24th the wait has finally an end: reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen will try to defend his title against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won the 2020/21 Candidates Tournament. The long-awaited World Championship Match will be played in Dubai (UAE),...
Is Chess A Sport?

Is Chess A Sport?

Is Chess a sport? This question has haunted me since I first started playing chess. I vividly remember my first day in the sports class in high school. When walking home that day, a now very good friend said to me “I’m not talking to a nerdy Chess...
My Take On The Candidates

My Take On The Candidates

After a more than 1 year break the Candidates finally resume. This break did change many things, especially mentally. And that is why I think none of the two leaders at half time will win! In this article I will express my personal views, mostly based on the...