Developing Chess Talent | March 30, 2010 7:06

The Monday Questions (3) for GM Stelios Halkias

halkias1We 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.)!
Stelios Halkias from Greece, 30 years old really soon, rating around 2600 in the May list!

2. What is your role in the chess world?
I'm a chess amateur who loves the game passionately and produces some interesting games from time to time.

3. How did you develop your chess talent as a kid?
Mostly studing collections of games of great players like Alekhine and Botvinnik. Also playing in World and European Junior Championships was the best school for me!

4. Who had a profound influence on your chess development?
My first coaches, of whom I'd like to name Theodoros Haritakis and Antonis Vragoteris, who gave me the love for personal work!

5. What are your favourite sports besides chess?
I used to play basketball a lot, some friends say I wasn't bad at all. Besides this I do any kind of training just for helping my chess! From swimming to running, even some kickboxing! Just for better condition.

6. What would be your advice for young people?
Well advises..... just do it out of love! Not for the result, not for others, not to impress or for the fame! Just out of love! Whatever you choose in life!

7. What has your main concern in life besides chess?
Well I have a job for the ministry of foreign affairs in Greece.... besides that girls always are trouble and concern!

8. What is the best chess game you played?
I think in the World Championship U20 in India in 1998 I produced a very nice positional queen sacrifice against IM Ippolito from America. Please have a look and show it to your students!

9. What's your connection with 'Developing Chess Talent'?
The authors are falling in the same category with me! They really love chess pasionatelly!

10. What question do you miss and what would be your answer?
Do you have a dream? To live happily ever after on a Greek Island surrounded by green and blue water...... enjoying the sun day by day!

    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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[Event "Wch U20"]
[Date "1998.11.19"]
[White "Halkias, Stelios"]
[Black "Ippolito, Dean"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2435"]
[BlackElo "2430"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O e5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. e4 exd4 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 h6 13. Nxd4 Qh4 14. Nf3 Qh5 15. Bh7+ Kh8 16. Qf5 g5 17. Re1 Kg7 18. Bd2 Ne5 19. Nxe5 Bxf5 20. Bxf5 Bxe5 21. Rxe5 Rfe8 22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. g4 Qh3 24. Bc3+ f6 25. d6 Qf3 26. d7 Re2 27. Bxf6+ Kf7 28. Rf1 Re4 29. Bxe4 Qxg4+ 30. Bg2 Qxd7 31. Bc3 h5 32. f4 g4 33. Be4 h4 34. Kg2 Qe6 35. Re1 Qxa2 36. f5 b5 37. Rd1 Qa4 38. Rd4 h3+ 39. Kf2 Qa1 40. f6 g3+ 41. hxg3 h2 42. Rd7+ Kf8 43. Bb4+ Ke8 44. Bc6 h1=N+ 45. Kg2 1-0

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