Rapid Interview - Cécile Haussernot

by Arne Kaehler
5/7/2021 – Rapid interviews are fun: interviewer and guest face each other in an epic rapid chess battle. The chess guest not only has to face the interviewer's questions, but also concentrate on the chess game at the same time. This leads to surprising answers and sometimes to curious chess positions. Cécile Haussernot is probably one of the most attractive titled chess players. I asked her if this ever lead to jealousy from other players, or hate comments, and how she deals with these factors. Furthermore, I wanted to know how it is for the French WIM to live in Tbilisi, Georgia, and what her future goals are in chess. | Photos: Cécile Haussernot

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Rapid Interview with Cécile Haussernot

The 22-year WIM from France dedicated her life to chess. She works as a coach, and streams chess related topics on her twitch.tv channel.

She won two gold medals at the European Youth Chess Championships 2007 and 2009, and became French Women Rapid Champion in 2020.

  • 0:58 - The game starts
  • 1:00 - Who are you, and when did you learn to play chess?
  • 3:05 - You are one of the most attractive titled chess players. Was this ever difficult for you because of jealousy or hate comments?
  • 5:38 - You are engaged to another chess player. How did you meet?
  • 6:46 - How often do you play chess against your fiancée?
  • 7:37 - What do you think about your position at the moment?
  • 8:20 - Is there a big cultural difference between Georgia and France?
  • 9:34 - What else in life do you do besides playing chess?
  • 10:36 - How are the corona restrictions in Georgia momentarily?
  • 11:54 - What are your goals in life or chess?
  • 13:11 - Who is your favourite chess player?
  • 14:24 - What is your biggest chess strength?
  • 15:00 - Do you have a favourite chess book?
  • 16:00 - What is your favourite chess film/series?
  • 16:46 - Are you happier with your position now?
  • 17:54 - "I will gladly take this piece from you"
  • 23:08 - When do you give up in a chess game?
  • 25:22 - Do you plan to play in any real tournaments soon?
  • 25:51 - Did you follow the Candidates tournament?

Cecile Haussernot

The French chess player in action

The French WIM is dedicated to the beauty of chess.

IM Giorgi Sibashvili captured the heart of the 22-year-old chess queen.

There is more than one good reason Cécile has over 20k followers on her Instagram account.

Twitch.tv channel of Cécile Haussernot


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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