Checking in with GM Denes Boros

Q: Please tell us a few words about how you started playing chess?

A: I learned to play chess from my brother when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Then, I joined the chess club called BEAC. Before that I was taught by my brother, who was a top junior until he left for college.

Q: What were your first significant chess successes?

A: I scored 10/11 and with this score I qualified the BEAC team to the highest division. After this high performance I was invited to play for the reigning National Champion team of Csuti Hydrocomp. I won three National Championships playing in the Csuti Hydrocomp team.

After I established my place as one of the best youth players, I won the Hungarian rapid championship under age 16, and I achieved third place as a 14 years old among the under 20 year category.

Q: When did you start having international success?

A: I was invited to play for the national youth team, and won the World Youth Chess Olympiad (under 16). Later we also won silver medal in Calicut, and Balatonlelle. I won international tournaments in Hungary most notably, Grandmaster tournament in Balatonlelle, the First Saturday Grandmaster tournament in Budapest and the Elekes Memorial.

After I started my studies in the SPICE program, I won the PanAm Intercollegiate Championship, Southwest Collegiate Championship, Missouri State Championship and the Thanksgiving Open.

Q: In addition to being a chess grandmaster, you also study psychology, you are a senior at Webster University. How are you able to combine your studies with your chess activities? Also, does learning more about psychology help you with your chess?

A: It’s difficult to combine the two, but it’s rewarding at the same time. Studying and playing chess interestingly complements each other. I learn a lot from my psychology classes, and I’m ready to apply them when competing. Yes, actually studying psychology makes me a better player and hopefully also a good person. Chess taught me to think ahead, psychology taught me, that it’s not enough to know who’s a good person, you have to actively support positive behavior yourself!

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: I study chess and I enjoy it quite a lot! Apart from chess, I listen to various kinds of music from Suzanne Vega to INXS, but if I’m in the mood I happily listen to Paramore. I also play the guitar which I enjoy a lot!

Q: What are your future chess goals?

A: I’m planning to play on the highest levels. This will be possible, as I get to train and play together with other great players at the SPICE program.

Thank you very much. Best wishes both in your studies and at your upcoming chess events.

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