Developing Chess Talent | April 06, 2010 6:04

The Monday Questions (4) for GM Dimitri Reinderman

dimiWe 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.)!
Dimitri Reinderman, 37, Dutch, and hopefully 2600+ in the May rating list :)

2. What is your role in the chess world?
Player, trainer, writer, and still resistant to the poker hype.

3. How did you develop your chess talent as a kid?
I read every chess book I could get my hands on...

4. Who had a profound influence on your chess development?
Without the game between readers of KRO teletext and Pieter Baltus, I probably wouldn't have started playing the Sveshnikov variation, which is still part of my repertoire.

5. What are your favourite sports besides chess?
To watch football, cycling and skating, to do football and table tennis.

6. What would be your advice for young people?
If you didn't watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail yet, download it or check Youtube.

7. What has your main concern in life besides chess?
Jareth and Mirri

8. What is the best chess game you played?
Against Frank Kroeze in a team match, 2008

9. What's your connection with 'Developing Chess Talent'?
Karel and I studied psychology together at the University of Amsterdam. Or at least, he studied part time, I studied full time, but we took the course sport psychology together and sometimes discussed the implications for chess over a cup of tea.

10. What question do you miss and what would be your answer?
What book would you like to write? The worst games/moves of chess. Is fun I think :)

    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


jan van der marel's picture

One last question: can you make a living from chess??

Jonathan Faydi's picture

GM Reinderman seems to be alive, so I would say yes.

Merijn's picture

A general answer (since it is indeed an interesting question):
living from playing chess alone is not easy below say 2650, but from my own experience I can say that if you start combining things (training, coaching, writing, etc.) chess becomes a very attractive option.

Harold Scott's picture

If this section is truly devoted to helping develop chess talent with good advice, then we should refrain from allowing anwsers to important questions like - What would your advice be to young people? If you didn’t watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail yet, download it or check Youtube.

As much as I appreciate Monty Python, this advice is useless to the developing chess player and it lessens the good intentions of Developing Chess Talent.

Harold Scott

Jasnaldo's picture

Actually, as a respected trainer, I think 'Life of Brian' helps better in developping chess.

Dimitri Reinderman's picture

Harold, can you think of an answer to the question which is useful for all young people without it being a platitude or something and still related to chess?

Dimitri Reinderman's picture

Also from my experience as a coach I can tell that watching Monty Python is an excellent medicine for young players to feel better after a loss....

jan van der marel's picture

Mr Reinderman, I wouldn't mind if you answered my question. Can you make a living from chess as a 2600- player?

Dimitri Reinderman's picture

Yes (as Merijn and Jonathan explained).

jan van der marel's picture

What is the amount of money you make in a month by playing, teaching and writing about chess? (Just to compare, I make 2400 euro's a month with a reasonably simple IT-job).

Merijn's picture

Why, are you considering a switch? :-)

jan van der marel's picture

To get a complete picture of the fulltime chess pro, that's all. There's a difference between 1500 and 4000 euros a month. You could call both 'making a living', but it's not exactly the same...

Arne Moll's picture

Dimitri, I must say I sort of understand what Harold is saying. If a question can only be answered with a platitude, then maybe it's a bad question. Still, I think a general advice to young players to approach chess with some humour and relativism is a very good one!

Merijn's picture

The chess pro doesn't exist, it really depends on your level (just like in any field). I can understand if people don't want to publish their income on the internet. Again I can give you a general answer: I make normal money myself, but my friends with a nice career outside chess clearly make more. Chess has its own rewards as GM Gawain Jones remarked (number 2 in this series), so in the end it's a close call and pretty much depends on what you are seeking in life.

jan van der marel's picture

By the way, isnt being a chess pro totally boring? I love to play a game once a week, but doing nothing but chess, no thanks!!

jan van der marel's picture

Vegeteren, it is called in Dutch.

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