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Laatst bijgewerkt: zaterdag 04 July 2020 Geschreven door David Roos

\"leostoops2\"

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Hi there. My name is Leo Stoops. I\'m a journalist with the VRT (Flemish Radio and Television) news department and I\'m a chessplayer myself. I\'m far from being a good player, but that is irrelevant. Each day I play a couple of hours on the internet - 5 minute blitz games. That relaxes me the most.

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My speciality at VRT is covering lawcases. My day usually begins with a few telephone calls to people within the judicial world. Very often the situation is complex: sometimes there is news but the police or the public prosecutor ask me to delay going public with a report. In that case I wait, of course, because I don\'t want to compromise the investigation. However, from then on I keep a close eye on the case because I have excellent colleagues/competitors who also lie in wait. So my job is far from being tiring but it is exciting and I have to be alert all the time.

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The same holds true for chess. Chess should no be seen as a chore. That goes without saying. But it\'s an excercise in alertness because usually it\'s not the best player who wins but the one who pays the most attention.

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I\'m a big fan of the new initiative “Go for Grandmaster” . The idea is to offer talented youngsters the opportunity to develop into becoming flull-fledged grandmasters. A little support, mentally and financially, can make the difference. But the way I see it that is not the main intention. If but only a handful of youngsters make it to the top, they will inevitably draw a whole range of young people in their wake. Some will taste but briefly of the game, others will make it to the top as well. And everyone can enjoy the game at their own level.

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I wish Go for Grandmaster the very best of success!