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Submitted by PeterDoggers on March 3, 2016 at 5:01 AM.
Avid followers of our news section might have wondered why no post from me appeared for three weeks. The reason was simple: a holiday. I spent the time in Cuba, a destination that had been high on my bucket list for a while. How long? Well, the Lonel...Read more »
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Peter Doggers played some chess in high school, and later with a friend, but only joined a chess club a month before turning 15. He quickly got enchanted and in the early 1990s he spent many hours playing, and studying the game with books and even early databases. In 1996 he beat an IM and a GM in a weekender Haarlem.
After finishing his Dutch-language studies at the University of Amsterdam, Peter briefly worked at New in Chess, then as a Dutch teacher (for expats in the financial sector) and then five years for the municipality of Amsterdam, in a project for improving safety and security in Amsterdam high schools.
He continued to be an avid chess player, and scored his first IM norm in Amsterdam in 2004.
In 2006 Peter launched a blog called Doggers-schaak where he started writing about the chess world. On 1 January 2007 he renamed his website ChessVibes, which experienced a breakthrough only a few weeks later when Peter filmed and published videos of press conferences by top GMs in Wijk aan Zee.
ChessVibes kept growing, and less than a year later Peter quit his job to run the website as a company. In the next years he traveled all over the world covering (and filming!) top chess events.
In October 2013 Chess.com acquired ChessVibes, and since then Peter is a Director of Content at our site. He writes most of our news reports, and still travels around the world to cover events for the news section, but also produces live broadcast shows regularly.
Working professionally in the chess world means that Peter has little time to play chess. He still plays for the same club as he joined in 1990, but besides league games he has time for just one or two tournaments a year. To his surprise, he scored his second IM norm in 2014 in Liechtenstein.
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