Chess player (extended world top), coach, book author, person
“Schachticker” has a section “Kalenderblätter” about anniversaries in the chess scene; one name mentioned in the preview 2016 (published 23 December 2015) was particularly appealing to me – I can do research and write something. The reason is for example the title photo (Alina l’Ami, Wijk aan Zee backstage 2016): Vladimir (according to some sources Wolodymir) Tukmakov is in the center, but – like two other persons, to his right Gert Ligterink and at the very left barely visible yours truly Thomas Richter – was mainly listening: Loek Van Wely and Anish Giri discuss, whether it was OK to agree a draw after 20 moves (as Loek, not Anish, had done against Karjakin).
I “know” Tukmakov primarily as coach of (currently) Anish Giri, this was his role 2015 und 2016 in Wijk aan Zee, a bit “indirectly” as book author, hardly as active player (but Wikipedia and other sources can help), and most recently in an interview I got to know him a bit as a person. The article starts with another anecdote, then it becomes historical with photo documentation, and at the end I will introduce and present the already mentioned interview.