Developing Chess Talent | June 15, 2010 5:32

The Monday Questions (13) for GM Emanuel Berg

bergWe formulated ten questions related to Developing Chess Talent and every Monday we'll ask them to an interesting personality in the chess world.

1. Please introduce yourself (name, age, nationality, etc.)!
Emanuel Berg, 28, living in the town Arvika in Sweden, near the Norwegian border. I am the current Swedish Champion (2009).

2. What is your role in the chess world?
I am a professional chess player, but also working as a coach for young people every now and then.

3. How did you develop your chess talent as a kid?
I played a lot of games and was taught to play gambits, which developed my tactical skills.

4. Who had a profound influence on your chess development?
I don't know. Many different people I guess. I had a few coaches from abroad when I was a kid.

5. What are your favourite sports besides chess?
Football and tennis.

6. What would be your advice for young people?
Don't get lost studying all chess theory. Take your time to study endgames first as well as go through classical games.

7. What has your main concern in life besides chess?
My family (wife and 4 children).

8. What is the best chess game you played?
Hard to pick one, but Berg-Bareev, Göteborg 2005 is one of my favourites.

9. What's your connection with 'Developing Chess Talent'?
Chess talent is a gift that some people have. Having talent makes it easier to be a promising chess player at an early stage without too much effort. However, hard work is also needed for the talented player in order to reach the top. Players with less talent need to work harder from the start, but might not reach a top position in the chess rating. My impression is that talented players often are lazy, while less talented players are hard working and ambitious. The best would of course be to be both talented and to work hard.

10. What question do you miss and what would be your answer?
Who is your favourite chess arbiter? Hans Olav Lahlum, Norway.

    Background information

  • These interviews are produced for the Facebook Group Developing Chess Talent
  • Chessvibes is hosting them here and they will be linked to from the Facebook Group
  • The book Developing Chess Talent is written by Karel van Delft and Merijn van Delft and can be ordered via

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