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Portrait Sebastian Krumbiegel

Sebastian Krumbiegel
Born on the 5th June 1966 in Leipzig
Singer and Musician

“I play chess because I can find peace whilst doing so and because I am proud of losing to my son.”

“Now then, young man, practice a little more – that’s exactly what I read in Gari Kasparow’s eyes as he smilingly shook my hand and thanked me for the game”, Sebastian Krumbiegel tells us about his simultaneous game against the former world champion. “I found it fascinating how he had ‘flattened’ me after only a few more than a dozen moves and how, at the other 15 boards, he was also similarly supreme.” Just the next day, Krumbiegel was at the place of his defeat, this time with his splendid marble chess table adorned with semi-precious stones which he had bought years ago in India. Since then, on the d5 square, Gari Kasparow’s autograph has been  resplendent – “a wonderful reminder of this memorable evening.”

Sebastian’s father taught him chess and “I regularly took part in the tournaments in the Thomanerchor, Leipzig, even though I did not get very far.” From early on, Krumbiegel concentrated on his music. Even during his studies at the Musikhochschule Leipzig, he was regularly on the stage; in 1991, he founded ‘Die Prinzen’ = ‘The Princes’. With their A-capella arrangements, they developed their own  unique and unmistakeable sound – fourteen Golden Gramophones and six Platinums reflect this unique success story. Even their German texts have made it into American school books - using ‘Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär’ = ‘I would so love to be a millionaire’, American children are taught the German subjunctive.
   
Apart from the tours and CD recordings, Krumbiegel gives up a lot of time for his social engagements; he supports the ‘Aktionsbündnis Landmine.de’ and is strongly engaged in the battle against neo-fascism such as at the ‘Leipzig – Courage Zeigen’ Festival. Additionally, Krumbiegel is patron of the Ronald McDonald House in Leipzig as well as of the ‘Ökomenischen Friedensdekade’ = ‘Decade for the Culture of Peace’, for which he is travelling through Germany (reading tour) during the Chess Olympiad.

The little leisure time Krumbiegel has, he prefers to spend with his children - also at the chess board. Krumbiegel cannot allow himself to make even a tiny mistake when playing against his son, Paul, now 12 years of age. “When Paul concentrates and takes the trouble, I have no chance against him, but I am filled with pride when I lose to my son. From year 1 onwards at school, and for many years since, Paul has been having chess lessons. Actually it should be a compulsory subject as this excellent brain training teaches the children concentration and helps them to achieve more equilibrium.”