Type: Paperbook
Authors: Suni Merkistein
Categories: Other Books
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Sonja Kjølbro
ISBN: 978-99972-1-248-1
Date of publication : 25. November 2017
Pages: 226
Cover: Hardcover

Í framlopi

Suni Merkistein
Helgi Dam Ziska – leiðin til stórmeistaraheitið

On 12 September 2016, the Faroe Islands got their first chess grandmaster.

Until just a few years ago, this seemed a far-fetched idea. It is a true breakthrough for Faroese chess – and for all who strive for progress generally in the Faroes.

Helgi had no other strong chess player or coach to lean on in the Faroe Islands, but took the uphill route towards the golden target, which he so yearned to reach, all on his own. It is a feat impossible without a will of steel, consistent, long-term planning, and the gift of focus when diving into the depths of the game.

In this book, you can read the story of Helgi Dam Ziska and his journey to the highest peaks of the chess Parnassus. It is the story of the kid from Tórshavn, who tirelessly sets himself new goals for every completed step on the way. He never quits regardless of let-downs and adversities planting barriers along the way. Then, in Baku, one day in September, twelve years after his triumph as Faroese youth champion, when he announced his plans of becoming chess grandmaster, everything comes full circle.


Suni Merkistein has written the captivating story of the Faroese grandmaster. Helgi himself describes many of the decisive moments along the way in his own words, and comments on many of the best and most important matches in his life.


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