Q: What is the best lesson you have learned through chess?
A: The main thing I have learned through chess has been to create my own plans and strategies on other fields of life in other to success as if it was a chess game.
Q: What is your favorite chess opening?
A: I have always been a very aggressive player since the very beginning. Therefore, The Dragon Sicilian and the King’s Indian Defense have always been and will always be my favorite openings.
Q: What is your most memorable chess moment?
A: Getting 4th place at the U-18 World Youth Chess Championship with my Spanish friend and coach (also director of chess24) David Martinez was really great, but since I had never won a big Open tournament before, sharing first at the Philadelphia open in 2017 was very grateful.
Q: Who is your favorite chess player?
A: There are many different players that I familiarize with, and many different periods. From the past, I would definitely choose Mikhail Tal as my favorite, and from the present I would choose Nakamura, especially for his involvement in online chess.
GM Angel Arribas Lopez
Angel Arribas Lopez was born in Madrid, Spain, and started having contact with chess from the very beginning of his childhood!
His father and uncle taught him all the basics and helped him through the process of winning his first local tournament at the age of 6, moment at which he also started taking chess more seriously with a private well-known Spanish coach, who would go along with him for almost a decade of success.
Angel achieved his Fide Master title in 2007 at the age of 13, International Master title in 2010 at the age of 16, and finally a hard-worked lifetime Grand Master title in 2014. In the meantime, he managed to get a few 1st and 2nd places in Spanish Youth Championships, a 5th place in a European Youth Championship, and a 4th place in a World Youth Championship, among other good results all over Europe.
In 2016, after getting awarded a scholarship at The University of Texas at Dallas, Angel decided to start a new stage of his life by coming to Dallas, where he lives and goes to college. Since then, his team at UTD has qualified for the Final Four, and he has got a few good results sharing 1st place at the Philadelphia Open with Samuel Sevian, and sharing 2nd place at the US Open.