The WEISSENHAUS Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge has the reigning world champion (Ding Liren) and the former world champion (Magnus Carlsen) among its participants, but since Sunday, we have a third world champion among us. The 28-year-old Linh Tran is a highly successful foosball (table football) player from Hamburg, and a three-time world champion and multiple World Series winner.
Tran, who used to play chess herself from the age of nine till she was eighteen, was invited by Sebastian Siebrecht, an old friend and the tournament director here at Weissenhaus. Over the coming week, Tran will give several foosball workshops, sharing the secrets of successful attack and defense in table football.
“I started table soccer back in 2014 where I joined the well known football club FC St. Pauli, where they also have a separate department for table soccer,” said Tran. “There, I started to learn foosball and I was very competitive already because I am also a former chess player actually.”