Hi there, I'm JT AKA ChesspatzerUK. I've been playing chess for such a long time that I don't remember a time when I didn't play! My journey started out 32 years ago when as a young lad I got a home computer (A commodore VIC 20 for the nerds! :0p) and on it I had a strange game called Chess?! After copying the computer for a while not knowing what a check was let alone a checkmate I decided to see if there was a chess book in the school library. Low and behold Fred Reinfield to the rescue! From there it was chess club, school matches and finally onto tournaments. Then disaster! I discovered life, girls and generally going out and being social. After a brief 10 year gap I discovered online chess and I was once again hooked! I stream, play tournaments and league matches in the national league. I've met many great people during this time and am currently in a good place chesswise. My chess hero is the great Garry Kimovich Kasparov, I wish I could play like him but I'll settle for the random generated chaos that comes from trying to imitate him. Also a mention has to go out about the Ginger GM Simon Kim Williams! My chess goals are to keep improving and along the way help others improve too. I am going to attempt to build the Chesspatzer clan into an unstoppable force and march across the world inspiring fellow Chesspatzer to own the patzer name and become better for it! Stay tuned...
Ola! Tudo bem? I’m Carla AKA ChesspatzerBRA (Brazil)
I am a complete beginner and did not have any interest in chess until I met my husband (ChesspatzerUK) now to keep the marriage together I am going to learn from scratch how to play (That’s how much I love him)
Together we are going to create a totally beginner series which we will post in our training section once completed.
I am happy that so many people have joined our group already and love that they are from many different countries. This is a really inclusive group!
Tchau for now.
(Australia) My dad taught me the game of chess as a small child and while he often beat me, I did beat him in a few games, so I am convinced he let me win. I have played him often over the years but not often enough. I started watching chessnetwork and playing chess online and have not stopped since. I’m not proud of this but it’s because of Jerry (Chessnetwork) that I play the same stupid Sicilian Kan for both white and black in serious games and OTB. Although recently chess was getting a bit boring for me, so I decided to start playing a crazy opening in which I had seen some random video on years before. This opening has re-sparked my interest in many ways. It’s called the “Fred Defence”. I consider myself a Fred Defence Master (very modest) and believe that I know more theory than everyone else on the planet. I have had many exciting wins, and many disappointing loses, but what I try to do most importantly is to equalise in a position, because then I know that I could have won. I have tried the Fred in an OTB game, and got beaten horribly, but that was only because he deviated from theory very early and I could not compensate (Fred is the best!).
(Barnsley) I think it was the dawn of the 70's I started playing chess, my older brother was watching chess on the TV in black and white.
There were these two guys playing, Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. “Why are they just staring at the board?” I said to my brother.
He said, “This is the World chess championship, if you could play chess then you would understand.” He then proceeded to teach me the moves, then used the opportunity to give me a thrashing.
I started playing regularly so I joined a chess club and actually starting reading chess books, (reading books, wow that was an historical event for me.) A few years passed then other interests or distractions came along, yes the opposite sex of our species were hard to resist, so I had a break from chess for about 10 years.
I started playing again for about 5 years then had another short break for another 20 years! I think I started playing again in 2014 and joined Barnsley chess club. Looking through YouTube video's to recap on the English opening I saw a name, ‘Ginger GM’, I thought this guy is great! His videos are not boring he adds something else.
I started watching and supporting his streams and this got me an invite to the Ginger GM crypt blitz in London. I did actually see JT there but never had the opportunity to have a conversation with him, Simon did mention ChesspatzerUK on one of his streams. So one morning I thought I would check this guy out. I wrote in the chat and he actually recognized my twitch name Blazeroe8.
I thought this ChesspatzerUK is a really nice guy so I started to give a little support to his channel and I am really glad I did.
The journey as only just begun…
Current Chesspatzersunite World Champion!
(Bergen, Netherlands) As a 7 year old kid I learnt chess from my brother and father. When I got the hang of it I was quickly able to beat my brother and sometimes my father. I played for 4 years by a local club once a month but wasnt really serious about it.
But March 2017 I got a invite from my old local club "Schaakclub Bergen" (translated chess club Bergen) to come again and see if chess was something for me. From that point I fell absolutely in love with the game. I started watching youtubers like Simon Williams, the Chessbrahs, Ben Finegold and couldn't get enough of it. All my spare time was sucked away by chess. March 2018, exactly one year later, I played my first tournament and I even managed to win it! This was due to the DVDs I brought from Simon Williams and all the free videos I watched on YouTube.
I think the Chesspatzer's clan is a great way to interact with people which have the same love and dedication for the game of chess. Creating a community like this one, I think, is simply the best way to unite people and let the game grow bigger.
Hi, I am ChesspatzerBRIS, aka arguably the biggest Chesspatzer in Brisbane (Australia), and who knows, maybe even the whole world. I love the game of chess and started playing it as a little kid with the great Bobby Fisher acting as my inspiration. Unfortunately I grew up in a farming community where very few people (no one really) played chess, and so I had zero exposure. When I was 12 I got an "electronic chess set" as a birthday present; one of those entry level ones where you have to press the pieces into little holes on the chess board. It had twelve levels and I played it until I could beat it on all levels....and then life intervened. Fast forward to my final year in school and the school decided to start a chess club and called on us to try out for the chess team. In the first round of the try-outs I've managed to beat a provincial chess player and found myself being the Nr1 player for the school and captain of the chess team. We only played a few low level inter-school tournaments where I was lucky enough to win all my games. Then life intervened once again with university, work, family....fast forward about 30 years and I find myself accidentally on Twitch where I stumbled upon a stream of GM Simon Williams aka the GingerGM. Needless to say, I was hooked all over again. Since then, a day hardly goes by without me doing something chess related, whether it's playing online, doing tactics, learning new openings, watching other chess streamers or trying to read a chess book. I believe that we can all improve and get better at anything. All we need is the right knowledge, skills and attitude. ChesspatzerUK is one of my favourite streamers and it is an honour to be a proud member of the world-wide Chesspatzer clan. You can find me "patzering" about on lichess.org (mostly) and chess.com under the newly created handle of ChesspatzerBRIS.
(Canada) Hi! I'm Jason an amateur chess enthusiast hailing from Quebec City, Canada. I've been playing since the fall of 2017, striving to get better with each game! I've also recently started streaming after thoroughly enjoying the Twitch community experience. By day, I'm a software developer specializing in building web applications and deploying them to the cloud.
lichess.org / chess.com: jasonpsweeney
(Spain) My story starts in a small town near Valencia. I was 6, I attentively watched my grandpa teach my brother and my cousin to play chess. The seed was planted. A couple of years passed, and I bumped into a chess book at the local library. For the following 8 years I was totally immersed in the game. I devoured every chess book I could put my hands on (modern Strategy in Chess by Ludek Pachman was my bible), I spent my afternoons after schools at the local social club playing chess with the elderly (that’s where I learned the art of trash talking) and played tons of tournaments all over Spain. Other interests took over when I was 17: music, magic, etc. As a result of that, I was completely absent from the chess boards for 20 years. However, a twist of fate brought me back into the game in 2016, when I played a friendly game against a friend. The fire was reignited. A blitz chess tournament organised by Adam Raoof henceforth known as ChessPatzerInd, put me back on track. I learned about the London chess scene, started playing online, made good friends, drank litres of beer during "pub" analysis, played in exotic places such as Basingstoke and Bunratti, experiencing the joy (and sometimes disappointment) that comes with our noble and ancient game. Now, I am determined to keep playing until my rating is non-existent (but let’s make sure it goes as high as reasonably practicable first).
My chess heroes are Capablanca (the rational) and Mikhail Tal (the dramatic). Hence why I go for a hybrid chess style. Today, I follow Spanish #1 Paco Vallejo. The ChessPatzer gang is cool. Let’s play, let’s stream, let’s share.
Bonjour, I'm ChesspatzerFRA (France). I started playing chess with my dad and then in my after school club a very long time ago. After primary school, I started to take it more seriously and joined a club. I now play in tournaments in France and the UK. My favourite players are Karpov and Fischer, or more recently, Carlsen and MVL. My goal is to maintain my rating (improving is too ambitious), and to get some good results against other Chesspatzers from all over the world.
(Horton, Norway) I learnt the basic chess rules and concepts in school some 25 years ago. When completing my master's thesis in applied mathematics in 2010 one of my fellow students, an acquaintance of Magnus Carlsen and a good chess player himself, was following Magnus' career closely and was eager to show us novices Magnus' latest brilliant moves and wins. I guess this, in addition to the discovery of Simon William's extremely entertaining YouTube channel, was what got me interested in chess again. However it was only a couple of years ago that I actually started playing myself, mainly online blitz and rapid. I have only played one OTB chess tournament; the already legendary GingerGM crypt tournament in 2017.
I don't have a lot of time to study chess, and I think the Chesspatzers community is exactly what I need to improve my chess skills - a group of friendly people willing to play and analyze games with the goal of having fun and improving everyone's game!
What better time to get back into chess than now? We can watch strong and entertaining players like Simon Williams and John Bartholomew explain their ideas, we can tune into Magnus Carlsen sipping beer while crushing everyone in bullet and we can be part of the Chesspatzers posse!
(India) My father taught me to play chess when I was about 6, but it wasn't until a few years later when I joined the school club that I realised he hadn't taught me ALL of the rules. I got my first taste of match play when someone didn't turn up for a school match and I got a draw on bottom board - I was so proud, but I had no idea that my opponent stalemated me because he had so many pieces, and I had just a king!
At school I picked up a beginners book by Reinfeld and An Attacking Repertoire for the Club Player by David Levy and Raymond Keene. My game improved and I reached board one at school, then, my confidence boosted, I joined a local club in Lewisham, where I proceeded to lose every game I played for about a year! I kept buying books (I have about 2000) and sometimes reading them (this was pre-internet and ChessBase) and managed to win more, and lose less. I played in my first congress at Islington, where I had my first taste of a large chess tournament, and I was hooked for life.
At my peak I have been around 190 and 2100 and played in the British Championships, but these days I mainly organise chess tournaments of all kinds (which puts a dent in your playing career), and play a lot of league chess. In the last few years I have been teaching chess to others and I realise more than ever that I still have a lot to learn, and with pride I think of myself as a chess patzer (first class).
Hi I'm Mike aka ChesspatzerMANC (Manchester, UK)
I was taught to play by my dad when I was about 8 years old and played at school for a while til other interests took over. I didn't play again til about 2 years ago when I inexplicably stumbled across a YouTube video by the Ginger GM and then I was hooked and started to play again. I registered on a free website and began to play. I lost the first 40 matches!!!
Apart from my dad teaching me the basics I'm completely self taught and boy does it show most of the time.
My chess heroes are Simon Williams as the inspired me to push wood once more, Richard Rapport and Baadur Jobava as I love their unpredictable and imaginative style.
Work wise I'm a senior nurse practitioner and work mostly nights so often play my best games at 4am also if you suffer from insomnia I'm usually good for a late night game.
Finally as probably the lowest rated patzer the only way is up.
(Netherlands) I’ve gotten into chess through my grandfather. He introduced me to the game when I was about 6 or 7 and taught me the first standard openings he thought we’re solid. (I think it was mostly the French hehe). After that I haven’t had much interest in chess. It was only after I met John Bartholomew and more importantly Simon Williams that my interest and love for the beauty of the game re-emerged. Now I usually watch Simon Williams and the Chessbrahs to keep me entertained and keep my interest in chess at a high level. I like the Chesspatzers because I really feel like playing chess is being a Chesspatzer (except for a very tiny few). Together us Chesspatzers can enjoy the game while not being unnecessarily burdened by our many mistakes. This is what the Chesspatzers do; play, blunder, enjoy.
Hi all chess-lovers.
I'm yaybjorn, aka Chesspatzer Norway, aka Bjorn, aka Oddbjørn from Oslo, Norway. As many people I learnt chess from my dad as a kid, but he hated losing so much, he didn’t want to play after I beat him once. I never played much growing up, but I always had a fascination for the game, and for some reason I’ve always bought chessboards, even though I didn’t play.
With the internet and the free internet chess server (FICS) I started playing again, without learning opening, strategy or endgame. For some reason I found it relaxing, like a meditative thing to play blitz chess. So I used to play whenever I needed a break from what my mind was occupied with.
After a little breakdown in my life in 2014, I decided I needed a hobby and went down to a local chess club in Oslo. I had no idea how much my life would change that day. The people at Stjernen (The Star) where amazing and opened a new world to me. Little did I know that you could drink beer, play chess in so many variant, trash talk and have fun at the same time. Soon I was at the board of the club and arranged the regular Thursday night blitz tournament with 60-70 players.
Obviously, I was crushed at the table, so I decided I need to learn some basics in the game. I signed up and payed a premium membership on Chess.com and browsed the videos. I noticed a series called “Spicy Openings!” by a Ginger GM (Simon Williams), and that was it. Chess could be romantic? And taught by this fun loving, crazy guy who takes himself so lightly he calls him self Ginger GM? I love it! All I’ve learned is from Simon, and you can now see my on his stream from time to time, where we do some one on one lessons.
I have been hooked to all of Simons work for years, and I think what he is doing for chess worldwide is just amazing. So when he arranged his first Ginger GM blitz tournament in London last year, I just had to go. It’s probably one of my most fun vacations ever. So many great chess players, just chilling, having a laugh, and loads of alcohol. I also met ChesspatzerUK at this event, and the seed for Chesspatzers Unite was planted at a bar after the event. I'm definitely going back this year, and I hope to see many other chess patzers there :)
Like most of my age, I started playing chess in the Nigel Short era, playing to a decent school and club level. I then gave up when I discovered other pursuits!! About a decade ago I moved to Peru and started playing again with the locals there in the Andes, picking up where I had left off. I moved back to the UK and now proudly play patzer chess for club and county. One description of my chess would be “brilliantly unpolished”; unfortunately blunders narrowly outweigh genius. I Joined the Chesspatzer as they have the same love of chess I do and it's great to be involved in the individual matches as well as the team events they organise.
I am Adam. I live in Toruń in Poland. I am 37, father of four sons. I was taught how to play chess in my early childhood by my grandmother and only played at home against her or my brother. My interest in chess was revived about 3 years ago. I started playing correspondence chess with my brother-in-law (we have already played more than 200 games) and, at the same time, my oldest son (now 12 years old) caught interest in chess and at once started to be successful in his age group. We thought it would be good for him to practice more seriously and he started having lessons with the coach. Thanks to that, I also began to learn new concepts, tactics, opening theory, strategy - things which I had not been aware of before. It was also at that time that I accidentally came across GingerGM videos on YouTube. I have learnt a huge lot from the videos, and also thanks to Mr Williams, I have become a Dutch defence player as Black and a London System player as White. I love his aggressive style of playing chess and I also try to play aggressively myself. I also want to mention another YouTuber - John Bartholomew - who I discovered after hearing about him in one of GingerGM's youtube videos. Thanks to that, I have discovered 'Chessable' - a brilliant tool for learning openings and tactics. My FIDE ratings now are about 1335 (standard) and about 1400 (rapid). But for GingerGM and John Bartholomew, I would not have made such progress. My goal now is to keep my daily routine of practising openings and tactics, and also to take part in as many OTB tournaments in my area as possible. I think that the Chesspatzers community is a brilliant idea to practice chess and stay in touch with other chess players all around the world.
Just as times of great change swept across South Africa , a young, handsome and able chess player was born. On a beautiful Summer afternoon , this young boy, ever so curious , wandered into his living room at the age of 3 and seeing odd shaped creatures moving across a squared mat, his father, a FIDE Instructor and South Africa's number one coach kept pressing down on a miniature clock every time he moved one of those odd shaped creatures. Intrigued the young boy edged closer and saw his cousin sitting on the other side, moving the creatures in dazzling ways and pressing down on the clock after every move. That young boy was me of course. Seeing my interest they first taught me how to pack the board, seeing that I quickly grasped the placements they started to teach me regularly every weekend and in just what felt like a short month I mastered my first opening.
My family had this huge influence on me, but alas, even after winning some national championships, I did not develop a love for the game, it's only until I turned 18 that I started to see some dramatic improvement and now I'm resolved to make up for lost time. Although I just debuted, I am currently a FIDE rated player and I see myself improving further.
I'm glad that I've found fellow patzers who can join me on this journey too.
I was taught to play by my grandfather when I was about 5 years old but only the rules. I liked the knight, but not chess.
I returned to chess in 2014 because I liked geography and it was very interesting to play against players from all over the world but my rating was about 1000 and I didn't understand anything. Gradually I realized that chess is much more difficult than I thought. I learnt the history of chess, I started reading books and understanding my game style. I'm self-taught and never had a coach. In 2017 I joined chess clubs in my city and university. My goal at the moment is to make my game better and study the endgame.
My chess heroes are Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.
Chesspatzers is an excellent way to unite people. We all like chess and I am happy to be a part of this team.
I taught myself how to move the pieces using an old “chess checkers and chinese chess” set that we had in the back of the closet at the age of 8. I played with my sisters from there but we knew nothing but how to move the pieces! It wasn’t till we found a chess club at the mall did we start learning just how much there is to learn, and the more I learned the more I fell in love with the game. I began playing in monthly scholastic tournaments, taking lessons from a coach, and learning from great youtubers including Jerry from ChessNetwork, John Bartholomew and Chess Explained. Later, I discovered twitch, where I could view all my favorite chess players but live!
lichess.org : CamelClutcher
Hello, I am ChesspatzerWILTS (Wiltshire, UK) / Danger_WTT / TheDangerousPatzer / Danger D / Dangerous Derek / The Dark Destroyer / The One They Call Derek. I’ve loved chess all my life, just not enough to get good at it. But I am now working at changing that!! I played in a chess club when I was a wee nipper, but my chess playing fell by the wayside during my secondary school years (other than the occasional game against my cousins/friends, or other largely unwilling family members).
I regained interest as an adult, and discovered chess.com. I have had multiple stints of playing on chess.com, and I am now more excited than ever about chess. I have Twitch channels like ChesspatzerUK, and GingerGM to thank for that! I also have more drive than ever to improve, and ascend to a point where I can destroy the other patzers, in our patzer wars! muahahahahahaha!
(Yorkshire) My father got me into chess at the age of 4, he was a good club player who also composed chess problems internationally. I played chess at school and competitively at tournaments as a young child/teen but never graduated past this. As a child my chess hero was Nigel Short - I used to rush home to watch Channel 4 and the TV highlights of his world championship games against Kasparov in 1993. However as an adult I’ve learnt to really admire the way Tigran Petrosian used to play, as well as the positional master classes from Aron Nimzowitch. I enjoy playing positional chess, but recently with the help of material from GM Simon Williams I have developed a more attacking repertoire. I only got back into playing chess over the board over the past year but play regularly for my club and have recently been appointed the U100 Yorkshire Chess Captain where I will be working to promote junior chess in Yorkshire. Working with Chesspatzers appeals to me because I think it’s important to recognise there are so many amateur players out there who just have a love for the game, who enjoy themselves and don’t really worry too much about grading and being the next big player. Working together to encourage people to play and enjoy chess is so valuable and the development of this group across the world is so awesome.
If you'd like to join us then please contact us on the main page!