Get "Self-taught Grandmaster"! Big Discount!
Chess Courses from Grandmaster Smirnov! Big Discount! Click here!

Impressum – About Me

I have been playing Chess for about thirty years now and try to unlock the beauty of this game for you.

I started when I was 15 years old. I went to a Chess Club Saturday afternoon and played first against a little boy who was about 8 years old. He played so fast. It took him just a few seconds to spot a good move. He didn’t even think and looked away when he has moved, talking to other kids at the same time.

I was thinking hard but lost my queen in no time at all. It took him a few seconds to see my mistake. At the time I thought: ‘Jesus, this boy must be a genius or I am a dumb head.’

After that I bought my first Chess Book and started studying and my playing strenght improved very much after a few years and I even won the district championship.

After that I was playing in higher team leagues in Germany. Chess became my passion and followed me throughout my life, in good and bad times. It never left me like a good friend, and it was the source of great joy. I met a lot of interesting people through Chess. Finally I started this website to show you the beauty of this game.

I am a German native and learned English at school and spent over 4 years in Australia. This has improved my English a lot. But please don’t expect me to be perfect in English grammar and spelling.

Content created by:
Norbert Thomas
Königsbergerstrasse 15
65830 Kriftel



This site is my personal site. It accepts advertising and other forms of compensation. Such compensation does not influence the information in this site. I always give my honest opinion, findings, beliefs or experiences.

“Ads by Google” are not selected by me but by Google only.
I only accept non-Google sponsorships from providers of high-quality goods or services.

Rest assured that the actual content on sponsored pages are independent of any sponsorship or affiliate relationship. The majority of all content is about chess and is not targeted at or written for one specific sponsor.

Sometimes I will offer links to my sponsors. If it is an affiliate I get a commission if you buy something. I only choose affiliates that I believe have valuable products related to my site’s content.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

This site is currently using various affiliate programs like Share-a-Sale, Click Bank, Amazon Associates Affiliate Program and others.

This site takes a lot of my time and effort to deliver free original content to you. Offering links to my sponsors is a WIN-WIN-WIN for you, me, and them. Thank you very much for your understanding.

I hope you enjoy my site. Thank You!

Read about the Privacy Policy

Get UNIQUE Chess Video Courses from Chess Grandmaster Igor Smirnov (Ukraine)! BIG DISCOUNT! Click here!