Max Euwe Center Exhibition

I am proud to host my first solo photo exhibition at the Max Euwe Center in Amsterdam. Four out of the 19 photos have been printed on A2 size - the other photos on A3 size.

It has been a very confronting experience to make a selection of my photos, which required a critical assessment of over 35.000 photos in my library. The exhibition shows a mix of top players and amateurs, different emotions, intimate portraits and the playful character of chess. The photos span four different continents and only one photo has been staged.

For more information about the Max Euwe Center and opening times: maxeuwe.nl      

  • Magnus Carlsen, Stavanger 2018

    It rarely happens that Magnus Carlsen looks straight into the camera during the game. But when he not only looked into the lens but also almost touched it, I immediately felt that this might be one of my favorite shots of the World Champion.

  • Shirov - l'Ami, Rabat 2015

    A huge crowd kibitzes the game between Alexei Shirov and Erwin l'Ami at the 2015 Rabat Blitz Marathon. The tournament was held in a shopping mall in the Moroccan capital, which drew the attention of many locals. It is great to see how chess is respected in many countries in the world. This game ended in a draw and l'Ami managed to win the tournament, which must have been the strongest on Moroccan soil.

  • World Champions, London 2016

    Over the course of 134 years we have had only 16 Classical World Chess Champions. Do you know any other sport with so few champions? One of the many advantages of being a World Champion is that when the photographer arranges a group shot, you will always be in the center of the attention. Will any of the six other top grandmasters in this photo become the 17th World Champion?

  • Praggnanandhaa, Kolkata 2018

    One of the few photography tips I ever got was to get as close as possible. Can you see if the 13-year-old Indian Grandmaster plays with the white or black pieces?

  • Chicago 2019

    I mainly take photos at top events, where there is certain time pressure to publish the photos for social media. Sometimes it is refreshing to visit little known events where I can take my time and meet new faces. This flamboyant girl played in the US Girls Nationals, organized by the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

  • The chess elite, Saint Louis 2017

    Five top grandmasters in a row at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup. Who would you invite for dinner? And who do you think has won the tournament?

  • Magnus Carlsen, Saint Louis 2015

    Nobody likes losing, but real winners hate losing the most. World Champion Magnus Carlsen looks disgusted after he resigned his game against Alexander Grischuk in the 7th round of the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. The game lasted for 6 hours, 25 minutes and 30 seconds. 66 hard fought moves. Even arbiter Chris Bird makes a very serious face while collecting the score sheets. You can replay the game at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sinquefield-2015/7/1/2

  • Bryne 2019

    Losing is a part of chess that nobody likes: young to old, the world champion to this young boy in a school tournament in Norway. With tears in his eyes he raises his hand to inform the teacher about the result.

  • Crypt, London 2017

    When chess meets Halloween. One of the most fascinating events I have ever played is the Crypt Tournament, organized by Simon Williams in the St. Pancras New Church in London. The most prestigious prize in the tournament was not for the winner but for the best dressed player - won by someone dressed up as a midget in a cage. In this photo, the black player experiences his ultimate nightmare: the joker is watching how his happy opponent wants to be congratulated, while he hasn't even realised he is checkmated.

  • Hikaru Nakamura, London 2016

    Hikaru Nakamura is one of the most interesting chess players these days. As a prodigy, he lived on the Internet Chess Club, playing as many bullet games as possible. In classical chess he made it up to the 2nd place in the world in 2015. No other player has been as competitive with Magnus Carlsen in blitz chess. In 2020, Nakamura made his breakthrough on streaming platform Twitch, where he gathered an audience of over half a million people.

  • Boksburg 2018

    Hans and brains are the instruments of a chess player. I have seen many interesting hand positions and gestures over time, like this boy in the South African Junior Chess Championship. Do you know that many top grandmasters like to point with their middle finger?

  • Manuel Bosboom, Amsterdam 2018

    Manuel Bosboom hardly needs an introduction in the Dutch chess scene. An incredibly strong International Master with an enterprising style, who beat Garry Kasparov in the 1999 Wijk aan Zee blitz tournament (https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1359341). He is known for his opening ideas where he usually pushes his h- or g-pawn early on in the game. This photo is taken during a blitz game of the Batavia Chess Tournament against Alina Kashlinskaya, which he won. (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/10th-batavia-chess-tournament-2018-blitz/6/1/3)

  • Ding Liren, Stavanger 2018

    Norway Chess traditionally organizes fun activities on the rest day. But for Ding Liren it was mainly a painful affair: he fell off his bike in the morning, could hardly walk but still made it to the kitchen to assist Anand to win the cooking competition. In the evening he was diagnosed with a hip fracture and had to withdraw from the tournament.

  • Leinier Dominguez, Saint Louis 2018

    It's not every day when you can participate in an artwork. Leinier Dominguez plays an exhibition game on Tony Raymonzrek's artwork 'Chemical Warfare', made in collaboration with Purling London. And where is his opponent Levon Aronian in the photo? His head was too big for the gas mask.

  • Vasyl Ivanchuk, Leuven 2017

    Vasyl Ivanchuk is a true legend of the game. I remember watching his games in Wijk aan Zee 1999 and 2001 and it is amazing that he still inspires chess fans all over the world.

  • Tatev Abrahamyan, Saint Louis 2019

    In 2011-2012 I did and internship at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in the Netherlands. Some artists like Kandinsky, Malevich and Newman have inspired me in my artistic development. I can only wish to take more colorful and abstract photos in the future.

  • Magnus Carlsen, Stavanger 2017

    Magnus Carlsen has grown up in front of the entire chess world from a 12-year-old chasing the Grandmaster title, to a 22-year-old World Champion to one of the most dominating players of all time. This photo, at age 26, resembles something from a younger Magnus and the grown up individual he is right now.

  • Jorden van Foreest, Hoogeveen 2016

    Jorden van Foreest made his breakthrough in the international chess scene in 2016 when he won the Dutch Championship. A few months later he played a match against Ivan Sokolov in Hoogeveen, which he narrowly lost with 3.5-2.5. This smiley photo was taken just before the last game in that match, which ended in a draw.

  • Garry Kasparov, Saint Louis 2018

    Arguably the greatest player of all time, Garry Kasparov ended his professional career way before I started to work for chess tournaments. I witnessed his appearances in Wijk aan Zee in 1999-2001, but I only got to know him in the recent tournaments in Saint Louis where he played the new generation of chess players in rapid, blitz and Chess960. Instead of portraying the GOAT, I unfortunately mainly have photos where Kasparov is struggling on the chess board. But don't worry about Kasparov in this photo, he won the Chess960 game vs Topalov: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/champions-showdown-2018/1/1/9

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