My name is Michael Prusikin, I was born on 19.01.1978 in Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine. At the age of 6 I learned the game of chess, which immediately captivated me. Besides my first coach Valdimir Wiskin, I would like to express my gratitude especially to IM Mishoel Nedobora, who trained me for years free of charge (my family could not have afforded the training).
When I was seventeen, my family emigrated to Germany. Here I could finally participate in ELO-rated tournaments (they didn’t exist in Ukraine at that time) and quickly reached 2400 ELO. In 1998 I achieved the IM title, and at the same time I started training as an educator at the Fachakademie für Sozialpädagogik in Nuremberg. Also my coaching career started around this time with the work with Dieter Lutz, you can find more about this in the section “My students“.
After graduating in 2003, I wanted to explore my chess limits and started a career as a semi-professional. My second mainstay was always chess instruction.
In 2004, I achieved the long-awaited third grandmaster norm, and since I had been above 2500 for many years, I was awarded the title soon after. In January 2007 I reached my highest rating of 2571.
I have been composing chess studies since my youth, many of my works have been awarded prizes in international competitions. In November 2017 I took over from Albin Pötzsch “Hohe Schule der Kombination”, the tactics column of the magazine SCHACH. Since 2019 I have also been writing regularly for the legendary Schachinformator, of which I myself have been an attentive reader since childhood.
My main hobbies include jogging, reading and watching movies and series. I am married and father of two daughters.
You can find more information about me, my chess successes and my chess training on the blog.