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Portrait Ruud Kaiser

Rudolph Hendrik ‘Ruud’ Kaiser
Born on the 26th December 1960 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Head Trainer: SG Dynamo Dresden

“I play chess as it makes me think yet I can relax too”.

“With chess – as with football – you can’t win anything by chance or luck but much more with strategy and concentration”, says Ruud Kaiser. “With both sports, victory or defeat are predominantly dependent upon who most closely observes the progress of the game and is able to keep his head. It is about maintaining the greatest concentration during the entire game as the opponent could otherwise use any inattentiveness to gain an advantage.”

Kaiser’s most frequent chess opponent does not excuse mistakes, the chess computer punishes weak concentration immediately – apart from at the lowest level. However, Kaiser does not belong to those who are happy with endless victories at a lower computer game level. “When I have been successful, I go up a level and then lose a few games. I continue to play at the new level for as long as it takes me to win again. Eventually, I win and then I take a further step. In this way, one can always improve oneself.”

This ambition and this will to continually improve distinguished Ruud Kaiser the football professional. In his 14 year professional career, he attacked for Ajax Amsterdam (where he became the Dutch Champion and Cup winner); Royal Antwerp FC, Coventry City and the OGC Nizza (Nice). Directly after the end of his football player career, Kaiser began his training career and he worked, for example, with the junior talent of the Dutch football association; in 2005, he led the Dutch under-17 team who became the European Championship runners-up and achieved third place in the World Championships with players such as Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben or Wesley Sneijder.

Since June 2008, Ruud Kaiser has been SG Dynamo Dresden’s head trainer. “With football, as indeed with chess, one has to find a strategy and keep a balance between attack and defence – for me, as a trainer, this is the basis of success.” If it doesn’t work? On the chess board, it is not problem for Kaiser and “is forgotten after five seconds - I am only an amateur chess player. However, on the football field a defeat really hurts and I can get really angry…”