In a nutshell:
In 1989 I received the grandmaster title. My best position in the world was place 50. Two times I played tournaments with a performance above 2700. In the years 1994-1997 I finished the German Championships 3rd, 2nd and two times 1th place. In 1998, I seized a business opportunity and ended my career as a playing professional.
After a long period of abstinence, I finally returned to my old love in 2016 by starting this website and by resuming my activities as a coach and publisher. Right now, I am cooperating with many chess clubs and also support individual players between beginner level and master grade.
Birth: 25/01/1968 in Hamburg
First tournament game at the age of 9
“Children Champion“ of Hamburg
1st place Paris Cadet (under 16) Open 7th place Cadet World Championship in Columbia
Junior (under 20) Champion of Hamburg Shared 1st place German Junior Championship
German Junior Champion
Hamburg Champion German Team Cup Champion
International Master Title 5th place World Junior Championship 2nd place Grandmaster tournament Budapest
Grandmaster Title When I achieved the GM title at the age of 21 I was the youngest German GM ever at that time. This achievement secured me a short burst of fame in the German mass media. I was invited to TV stations and appeared in the press. The following photo even found entry into a women’s magazine 🙂 2nd place Grandmaster B tournament Dortmund 1st place Biel Open 1st place Grandmaster tournament Luzern 3rd place European Team Champion Chip
2nd place in the German Elo list behind Robert Huebner I had the honor to play under the flag of my country on many occasions. Here at the Zonal Tournament in Bern 1990
Participation in the Chess Olympiad Novi Sad In 1990 I did a fairly solid job at the strong GM tournament in Biel. Amongst others, I could draw two times with Karpov. This picture shows us at the post mortem, with Polugaevsky kibitzing.
1st place IBM Grandmaster tournament in Hannover 2nd place Grandmaster tournament Hamburg (performance: Elo 2718)
Participation in the Chess Olympiad Manila
3rd place Grandmaster tournament Tastrup
1st place International Swiss Championship 2nd place German Championship
1st place Grandmaster tournament Bad Endbach shared 1st place Berlin Open 3rd place German Championship
1st place Velden Open 1st place Grandmaster tournament Hamburg (best ever performance: 2726) shared 1st place Wiesbaden Open German Champion Establishment of rating above 2600 until the end of my professional chess career
2nd place in the German Elo list behind Arthur Yussupov German Champion
Termination of career as professional chess player 7th place Zonal Tournament Dresden
Participation in the World Championship in Las Vegas as sole representative of Germany