The amazing book collection of Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam: A true chess connaisseur - an interview with Sagar Shah

by Johannes Fischer
11/16/2023 – Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, author, organiser, commentator, chess book collector and editor-in-chief of the renowned chess magazine "New in Chess", has conducted numerous interviews with top players over the last four decades. When Sagar Shah, founder and director of ChessBase India, recently visited Holland, he changed roles and interviewed the experienced interviewer. This led to an entertaining conversation about chess books and memories of meeting players such as Kasparov, Karpov, Tal, Anand and many others.

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About Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam was born on January 11, 1957, studied English Literature and General Literature at University of Groningen. In 1985 he joined New In Chess, the renowned magazine that is read in 116 countries and promotes chess and itself with the slogan "ENJOY THE BEST GAME. EVER."

In the course of his career ten Geuzendam has visited countless top-level events and has conducted a huge number of interviews with grandmasters and prominent figures in the chess world. A selection of these interviews appear in his books "Finding Bobby Fischer" (1994) and "The Day Kasparov Quit" (2006).

Ten Geuzendam also wrote a number of other books about chess and published regular chess columns for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and the Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland. Between 2007 and 2013, he also worked as one of the editors of the Dutch chess literary magazine Matten, alongside Allard Hoogland and Rob van Vuure.

At the 1990 Chess Olympiad in Novi Sad and the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila ten Geuzendam was the team captain for the Dutch team. He also worked as tournament organiser and commentator.


Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".