Thanks for visiting my website, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’m enjoying writing it!
About this blog
To start with, let me tell you a few words about the ‘why’ of this website. The main reason why I’ve decided to start writing about chess is that it allows me to combine several hobbies of mine: writing, languages, teaching and last but not least chess!
On this blog I’ll write about all aspects of chess (openings, middlegames, endgames, famous players, major tournaments, improvement, etc.) but I may also ramble on other topics as well. Chess is a fascinating game, a companion for life that you can enjoy in different ways all through your life!
Who am I?
As a chess player my FIDE rating has been fluctuating between 2050 and 2175 for years. My goal is to reach 2300 in the near future (more about that later on the blog). When I’m not playing chess I work as a conference interpreter (my languages are French, English, Dutch and Spanish) and as a translator. I’m also the proud father of a lovely daughter!
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you’ve something interesting to share. You can comment on the posts or send me a message via Twitter. I’ll be more than happy to answer your queries!
Let me show you a game I played a few years ago against IM Yochanan Afek from Israel. It was my first experience with the Pirc Defence!
[White “Afek, Yochanan”]
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 h6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. f3 c6 7. Qd2 b5 8. O-O-O
Qa5 9. Kb1 Nbd7 10. Bd3 a6 11. h4 c5 12. e5 dxe5 13. dxc5 b4 14. Ne4 Bb7 15.
Nxf6+ Nxf6 16. a3 Nd5 17. Be4 Rd8 18. axb4 Nc3+ $3 19. bxc3 Rxd2 20. Rxd2 Qb5
21. Bxb7 Qxb7 22. Ne2 O-O 23. Nc1 e4 24. Bd4 e5 25. Bf2 exf3 26. gxf3 Qxf3 27.
Rhd1 Qxc3 28. Na2 Qc4 29. Rd6 a5 30. bxa5 Qb5+ 31. Ka1 Qxa5 32. Be1 Qxc5 33.
Bb4 Qxc2 0-1