Interview With IGM Karel Van Der Weide

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Karel Van Der WeideIn this interview Karel and I talk about… chess!
We discuss what it is like to be a chess grandmaster, how Karel has trained, and what inspiring chess players he has worked with.

Also a number of the Better Your Chess University members have send in questions to ask Karel. He gives answers!

Over the past few years Karel has also turned his attention to writing. Amongst others we discuss his latest book Schaken Voor Huisvrouwen (Chess For HouseWives).

During the interview there is mention of a game that Tal once played against his trainer Koblenz. Karel has kindly agreed to do a guest lecture on that truly magnificent game for the Better Your Chess University members soon!

Happy listening!


  1. Patrik Öhagen July 28, 2009

    Very Interesting! Thank You! Certainly a refreshing approach to aim for an “SOS-esque” Opening Repertoire instead of some other system

  2. Greg July 30, 2009

    A very interesting interview/discussion. GM Van Der Weide gives candid answers and insights. I appreciate having my question be among those asked. His reply was very helpful.

  3. Stefano Tescaro July 30, 2009

    Thank you (both) for this informative and interesting interview.

  4. Renzo August 12, 2009

    interesting, this vanderweideboy – can he write my biography?
    he says interesting things about the crazy life of a chess player.
    The comparison of chess with sex: interesting.
    One thing I missed: influence of his father: the famous Piet van der Weide.

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