Chess Is Life
Calling all chess lovers! Today’s episode is with Alton’s chess teacher, Grandmaster, Petra Papp. In her first ever english interview, Petra shares her journey of winning tournaments at the young age of 16 to achieve the title of Grandmaster, the highest title a chess player can obtain.
More about Petra: In 2009, Papp won the Hungarian Youth Chess Championship in the Under 16 category. She represented Hungary several times in the European Youth Chess Championships and the World Youth Chess Championships. In Iași, she won an individual gold medal and team silver medal in the 2011 European Girls' U18 Team Chess Championship.
In the Hungarian Women's Chess Championships, Papp won gold (2012) and bronze (2009) medals.
Papp played for Hungary in the Women's Chess Olympiads:
In 2012, at reserve board in the 40th Chess Olympiad (women) in Istanbul (+5, =3, -1),
In 2014, at reserve board in the 41st Chess Olympiad (women) in Tromsø (+2, =4, -1),
In 2016, at third board in the 42nd Chess Olympiad (women) in Baku (+2, =6, -0).
Papp played for Hungary in the European Team Chess Championship:
In 2013, at fourth board in the 10th European Team Chess Championship (women) in Warsaw (+4, =2, -2),
In 2015, at fourth board in the 11th European Team Chess Championship (women) in Reykjavik and won individual bronze medal (+5, =2, -1).
In 2010, she was awarded the FIDE International Women Master (WIM) title and received the Woman grandmaster (WGM) title two years later.
This is an episode you don’t want to miss!
1:46 How Petra learned to play chess
3:08 Petra reflects on winning her first tournament
5:33 Petra’s impressive accomplishments at age 16, 18 and 19.
6:54 The 7-hour chess game; the hardest game Petra’s ever played
7:43 How to become a Grandmaster
8:46 The shift to competing online
9:15 Petra’s favorite chess books and games
10:53 Petra’s opinion of Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit”
11:54 Life outside of Chess
13:58 Tips to becoming better at chess
17:42 Petra shares her experience living in Hungary
20:16 How computers can help chess players advance in their skills
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