10 quick questions:
1) For how many years have you played chess professionally?
I am still going to school, though with some special agreements that allow me to be absent from school for tournaments and training. At the beginning of the next year I will reach the High School graduation and from that point on be able to concentrate fully on chess.
2) At what age did you learn how to play chess?
At the age of five I found a chess board and absolutely wanted to know how to play this game. It was not so easy to convince my parents that I was not too young for chess, but after a few days they taught me the rules and I was fascinated.
3) Who taught you how to play chess?
My mother taught me the rules.
4) What was your first big tournament success (tournament win or similar)? How old were you?
At the age of six I won an under 8 tournament, which was kind of an inofficial german championship, with a score of 9/9.
5) Do you sometimes also participate in other sports/games? If so, which and at what level?
A few years ago I played soccer in the club of my homevillage Saulheim at regional level. But when I started to play more chess tournaments it became difficult to play soccer in a team every weekend.
6) Do you have any family members/relatives that also play chess? If so, who and at what level?
Before I started with chess, there were no relatives playing chess. My parents know the rules but are not really chess players. My younger sister started playing chess at the age of seven and is regularly playing the german youth chess championships.
7) What would you be doing today, if you did not play chess professionally?
Probably I would spend more time with school. My parents are convinced that I might have become a really good piano player but for this I should have spent much more time with practising piano the last few years.
8) What is your strength as a chess player?
I am still pretty young, so I find it difficult to tell. Time will show…
9) Do you have any superstitions when you sit down at the chess board before a tournament game?
Not really. I am used to place the pieces in the “right” way, but I think nearly every chess player is doing this.
10) What do you hope to achieve in the 2021 TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament?
I am looking forward to playing a strong round robin tournament. I hope to be able to play as many games of a high quality as possible.