Behind the board - Interview with Nico Zwirs

by Arne Kaehler
7/2/2024 – In an interview with Nico Zwirs at the ChessBase studio in Hamburg, the Dutch IM shares insights into his recent tournament experiences, his journey in the chess world, and his thoughts on balancing competitive play with coaching. He also discusses the intricate dynamics of chess training and preparation, the personal and professional growth of a chess player, and the balance between maintaining a competitive edge while nurturing the next generation of players.

The flexible Panov The flexible Panov

In the Flexible Panov Dutch IM Nico Zwirs will show you how to test Black to the limit in the Caro-Kann. 8 hours of video lessons included!


Behind the board - Interview with Nico Zwirs

Zwirs shares his passion for chess and his professional journey. He reveals that one of his primary motivations is to see how good he can become, continually pushing his limits to achieve his best possible performance.

Nico expresses his deep love for his job as a professional chess player, describing it as a blend of challenge and fulfillment. He enjoys the balance of competing in tournaments and coaching, which allows him to impart his knowledge to others while honing his skills.

Additionally, Zwirs emphasizes the importance of enjoying the game and playing in a style that resonates personally.

The Fianchetto Scandinavian

The mainline from the repertoire will start with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c4 Nb6 5.Nf3 g6. From there on, the repertoire will be worked out backwards till the second move options for White.


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.
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