Dieter Nisipeanu

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IGM Dieter Nisipeanu, Germany (ELO 2667)

42-year-old chess grandmaster Dieter Nisipianu grew up in Romania, but since 2014, he represents Germany, where his mother was born. He is rated as Germany´s no. 2, after Arkadij Naiditsch, and is the highest rated Romanian chess player ever.

His best achievements are reaching the semifinals in knockout World Championships in 1999 beating former world championship challenger Vassily Ivanchuk in the earlier stages, and winning the European Championship in 2005. He also won the very strong German Championship in 2017, and has been on the winning team in the Bundesliga, the German team championship, on a number of occasions.

Nisipianu is well-known for his very imaginative and creative playing style, and has sometimes been compared to former world champion Mikhail Tal, “the Wizard of Riga”.

10 quick questions:

1) How many years have you played chess professionally?
“About 25 years.”

2) At what age did you learn how to play chess?
“5½ years old according to my father, I myself do not remember.”

3) Who taught you how to play chess?
“My father.”

4) What was your first big tournament success (tournament win or similar)?
“Two results come to mind: bronze medal at the World Championship Las Vegas 1999 (age 23) and European Champion 2005 (age 29).”

5) Do you sometimes also participate in other sports/games? If so, which and at what level?
“I play snooker, billiard and darts at amateur level, also tennis and table tennis, I used to play much better 20 years ago…”

6) Do you have any family members or relatives that also play chess? If so, who and at what level?
“My youngest brother Uwe is working as a chess trainer, I would say his level is around 2150.”

7) What would you be doing today, if you did not play chess professionally?
“Definitely not a conventional job, I cannot stand having a boss.”

8) What is your main strength as a chess player?
“My love for the game.”

9) Do you have any superstitions when you sit down at the chess board before a tournament game?
“Sometimes I change pens after a bad game.”

10) What do you hope to achieve in the 2019 TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament?
“Obviously I hope to play beautiful chess and win the tournament, in precisely that order!”