I spent my first career as a chess player, playing for the Swiss national team and earning the title of International Master. Among other things, I have been Swiss Junior Champion, Swiss Champion of one of the two Swiss chess federations and vice-champion of the other. I was making a living playing in tournaments, teaching chess, training chess players and writing about chess in technical and non-technical journals. After a while, I decided to spend my time in a more useful way, and took up psychology... I have not completely given up chess, though, as much of my
current research deals with various psychological aspects of chess expertise (click
here for a list of
available papers and books on this topic).
One of my games, for fun:
Gata Kamsky - F. Gobet
Manhattan Chess Club, New York
30 minute game
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Na4 0-0 10.c4 Bd6 11.g3 Be7 12.Rc1 d6 13.Nc3 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Bd7 15.a4 Rac8 16.Rfd1 Rfe8 17.b4 Qb8 18.b5 Ng4 19.Bxg4 e5 20.Qd3 Bxg4 21.Re1 Bd8 22.b6 Rc6 23.Nd5 Qc8 24.a5 Qe6 25.Bd2 f5 26.f3 fxe4 27.fxe4 Rf8 28.Rf1 Bh3 29.Rxf8+ Kxf8 30.Rc2 Kg8 31.Be3 h6 32.Rf2 Bg5 33.Bxg5 hxg5 34.Ne3 Rc5 35.Qd2 Kh7 36.Rf8 g4 37.Rd8 Rxc4 38.Rxd6 Qf7 39.Qf2 Rc1+ 40.Rd1 Rxd1+ 41.Nxd1 Qb3 42.Qd2 Qf3 43.Ne3 g6 44.Qd7+ Kh6 45.Qd2 Kh7 draw.