Northwest Cup in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany #badzwischenahnnwc17
I attended the Northwest Cup with my son in Bad Zwischenahn which took place from 25–29 January 2017.
We took the train from Copenhagen on Wednesday and stayed at the Hotel Kopenhagen (where else?).
I bought a camera earlier this year and after respectfully asking the organizers if I could take photos, I was allowed to continue throughout the tournament. Normally in Denmark, you are allowed to take photos the first ten minutes only.
So I seemed to have become the official tournament photographer.
This was a marvellous opportunity to photograph people deep in thought, completely absorbed by their inner world of strategy and the game of kings.
Here are some of my photos:
Axel was kind enough to answer some of my questions. He and his girlfriend Christina talked to me during one of the breaks. I was delighted to have a very lively discussion about politics and to gain an insight into a world that is very different from mine.
About eight years ago, my son Emmet was participating in a chess tournament on the Danish island of Amager when he played with a younger boy he hadn’t played before. Emmet had had some success at chess but Jonas beat him Jonas lives in Grönningen in Holland where the standard of chess is extremely high, as Emmet soon learned to his disadvantage. It was a delight to renew our old acquaintaince; I have hardly seen Jonas or his father Anders since. I also remember that tournament particularly well because the parents were invited to play in a parent’s tournament. I played for what seemed like five minutes and suddenly my opponent had stacked up a massive and impenetrable defence. After that it was just a question of time before before I lost.
The light was perfect for photographs on the first day of the tournament.
The tournament was international with participants from The Netherlands, England, Russia, Armenia, Denmark and even from as far away as Argentina.