van Wely - Shaked

After 12 years of playing chess, I obtained the highest title of Grandmaster at the age of 19.
My biggest achievement was winning the 1997 World Junior Chess Championship in Zagan, Poland.
I have played against many of the strongest players in the world including Gary Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik (later defeated Kasparov in a 16-game match), Boris Spassky (ex-world champion who lost to Bobby Fischer in 1972), and many more.
Chess Timeline - Here is a timeline/listing of some of my major chess achievements.
I write a weekly column for the Arizona Daily Star where I give a chess puzzle and solution. Here is a sample. Hopefully I'll get around to adding more later.