I was born in Amstelveen, The Netherlands (1988), being taught the rules of chess by my father at the age of 7 and ever since then I have been captivated by the game! Already then I enjoyed the competitive element as well as the intellectual challenges the game has to offer and hence I decided to join local chess club Zukertort Amstelveen. First successes were achieved quickly and in my first participation at the Dutch Youth Championship I finished 2nd in the U10 category.
For many years I belonged to the top players of my country in my age category and managed to qualify for various international competitions. Particularly, the participation in three European Youth Championships (2x U14 & 1x U16) stimulated me to work harder to improve my game.