My name is Sipke Ernst, International grandmaster, and a professional chess coach. I was born in 1979, learned chess at the age of 9 at school and I have been hooked on the game ever since.

Due to my hard work as a young chess player I qualified for the Dutch Championships in 1998. At the end of the year, I became an International Master and a couple of years later I was awarded the GM-title. I’m still very active as a player, in international tournaments as well as several leagues. Next to that I have been working as a second for several strong chess players and I have recorded several courses for Chessbase and Chessable. 

These experiences keep me up to date and help me greatly in my practice as a chess coach. 

Next to chess I enjoy long distance running, armwrestling and reading. Also, I hold an MA degree in Dutch Language and Culture.

Every Grandmaster was once a disaster.