Meet The Fritztrainer - Jan Werle

by Arne Kaehler
6/21/2021 – Hundreds of different Fritztrainers have been teaching us chess on ChessBase for more than a decade. Maybe you sometimes wonder what else the authors of these Fritztrainers do? "Meet the Fritztrainer" takes a look behind the scenes, telling us more about the private life of your favourite chess trainer. Grandmaster Jan Werle recently made the Fritztrainer: "The Saemisch Variation against the King's Indian and Benoni". In our interview, he tells us why his signature glasses are missing, and what his puppy "Molly" has to do with this, and that he also created something else than Fritztrainers, and books, during the last year. | Photos: Jan Werle

The Saemisch Variation against the King's Indian and Benoni The Saemisch Variation against the King's Indian and Benoni

Beat the King’s Indian and Benoni structures with the impenetrable pawn phalanx g2-f3-e4-d5. Encounter your opponent with sound and fresh ideas in this classical rebooted line of the Saemisch!

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Meet the Fritztrainer - Jan Werle

GM Jan Werle is a professional chess trainer, coach and author. In 2008 he became EU-champion in Liverpool and reached his peak rating of 2607. Hereafter finished his law studies obtaining two master law degrees (civil and commercial law) before he commenced with his job as a lawyer.

However, his main passion, chess, prevailed and led to a comeback. He is, inter alia, giving chess lessons online to pupils worldwide (werlechessschool@hotmail.com), but also in schools.

He enjoys to help and teach his students and to watch them improve. He combines the teaching with the playing of tournaments, keeping up his own level.

The Dutch Grandmaster released three different Fritztrainers so far, and one "60 minute" video for ChessBase.

Interview with Jan Werle

  • 0:20 - Where are your trademark glasses?
  • 1:18 - What did you work on in the last year of the coronavirus?
  • 3:40 - How many books are chess literature in the shelves behind you?
  • 4:00 - Where do you get all your power from to do so many things?
  • 4:50 - When are you teaching your son chess?
  • 5:20 - Can you show us an example about your newest Fritztrainer? [Chess analysis by Jan Werle]
  • 14:55 - Who is your favourite chess player?
  • 15:45 - Which is your favourite chess book?
  • 16:42 - What is your favourite opening as White?
  • 17:01 - What is your favourite opening as Black?
  • 17:41 - What is your favourite drink and meal?
  • 18:30 - What is your favourite chess tournament to participate in?

The Saemisch Variation against the King's Indian and Benoni

Beat the King’s Indian and Benoni structures with the impenetrable pawn phalanx g2-f3-e4-d5. Encounter your opponent with sound and fresh ideas in this classical rebooted line of the Saemisch!

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the new book by Jan Werle

Not yet available, but hopefully soon!

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.
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