Candidates Storytellers - Lennart Ootes

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3/31/2021 – In about three weeks, on April 19, the second part of the Candidates Tournament 2020/2021 will start in Yekaterinburg, Russia. To get in the mood for the event, Eric van Reem, host of the "Let's talk about chess" podcast, invites his guests to become "Candidates Storytellers". Eric's first guest was well-known chess photographer Lennart Ootes, whose fantastic photos give chess tournaments a special touch and help to make them memorable. In an entertaining talk Lennart spoke about his work and shared funny memories of his time at the Candidates. | Photo: David Llada

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In episode 26, Eric talks to his compatriot Lennart Ootes, who is well-known for the marvellous pictures he makes during chess tournaments. However, Lennart is an allrounder and calls himself an creative chess professional. Lennart has a passion for chess coverage. Since 2012 he has provided services for chess events, including many of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. By attending over 25 tournaments a year, Lennart is the most experienced chess broadcaster on the circuit. 

Nowadays, Lennart works freelance for chess tournaments, chess websites and other publishers of digital media. For many tournaments, he combines his work as a DGT board operator with photography. 
In 2018 Lennart was awarded as Chess Photographer of the Year by the Russian Chess Federation. 

In 2020 he was also present at the Candidates Tournament 2020 in Yekaterinburg and he has many stories to tell from that event. He will also be in Russia for the second part of the event to take pictures.
Lennart has a great website and you can check and buy many of his photos here:

You can follow Lennart on Twitter: @LennartOotes and on Instagram.

Click here to go to the official website of the Candidates 2020/2021.

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Host       : Eric van Reem
Guest     : Lennart Ootes (NED)
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Music     : Chess Pieces-Silent Partner

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