GM Jonas Buhl Bjerre, Denmark (Elo 2550)

Jonas Buhl Bjerre EM 2021
Photo: Thorstein Magnusson

10 quick questions:

1) For how many years have you played chess professionally?

I finished primary school 1 year ago, and have played professionally since then.

2) At what age did you learn how to play chess?

When I was 5.

3) Who taught you how to play chess?

My dad taught me the rules. At that age I would wake up distastefully early on vacations,
often I would then play chess with my dad in the early hours. He would show me mate in 1 puzzles,
later mate in 2 and so forth.

4) What was your first big tournament success (tournament win or similar)? How old were you?

I won the european championships under 14 in 2017 when I was 13.

5) Do you sometimes also participate in other sports/games? If so, which and at what level?

I love to do all kinds of sports. Outside of chess my clear favorite is soccer which i played all my life, at one point on quite a serious level too.

6) Do you have any family members/relatives that also play chess? If so, who and at what level?

Only my dad plays chess besides me, he is rated 2000 fide.

7) What would you be doing today, if you did not play chess professionally?

Probably I would be in high school by now.

8) What is your strength as a chess player?

I don’t know yet, luckily!

9) Do you have any superstitions when you sit down at the chess board before a tournament game?

Not as such, I might want to do the same things as yesterday, in case I won, or change something if i lost. I do not exactly follow this impulse however.

10) What do you hope to achieve in the 2019 TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament?

First of all I am very grateful to have the opportunity to face such an amazing field, and I hope to play some interesting and exciting games!