Thursday, 14 February 2008

A chess champ-turned-coach

Barcelona's Gràcia neighbourhood is home to one of the great minds of what many consider to the game of all games: chess. Miguel Illescas was crowned king of the Spanish chess world for the seventh time in 2007. And this seventh crown has come with Illescas only playing at half throttle. He says that now with his teaching responsibilities at his chess academy EDAMI in Gràcia, he only has time to play 30-40 professional matches a year, enough "to allow me to stay in the top 100 players in the world," but not in the top 20 when he played over a hundred matches annually. (Full story in printed edition).