The rise and rise of Mateusz Bartel
By mishanp on March 16, 2012
Mateusz Bartel could have been forgiven for taking life easy after winning the Aeroflot Open and a coveted place in the Dortmund super-tournament. Instead he went on to win the Polish Championship for the third year in a row. Leszek Kropisz interviewed a player whose star is in the ascendancy.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Aeroflot Open, Bartel, Caruana, Macieja, Mat, Mitoń, PCF, Polish Championship, Soćko, Wojtaszek | 3 Responses
Banking on Kasparov
By mishanp on January 20, 2011
While the fashion career of his former protégé, Magnus Carlsen, continues apace, Garry Kasparov has recently been involved in an advertising campaign of his own. It’s fair to say his promotion of the Polish division of ING Bank shows the ex-World Champion as you’ve never seen him before!
Posted in Polish, Russian | Tagged Chuck Norris, ING Bank, Karpov, Kasparov, Korchnoi, Marek Kondrat, Privorotsky, Robert Kubica, Scheveningen | 1 Response
Bits and Pieces #1
By mishanp on November 26, 2010
Boris Spassky on his recovery, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on Carlsen, Veselin Topalov on his fear of Santa Claus, and Darek Świercz makes Wijk-aan-Zee, with a little help from his trainer. Chess stories from Russia (and “Eastern Europe”) in brief.
Posted in Bits and Pieces, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian | Tagged Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Cultural Village, Danailov, Fischer, Golubev, Ilyumzhinov, Kasparov, Spassky, Sulypa, Świercz, Topalov | 3 Responses
Russia beats Russia
By mishanp on September 29, 2010
The key encounter in round 7 of the Olympiad was between the top two Russian men’s teams, with the “veterans” prevailing thanks, once again, to Sergey Karjakin. Meanwhile, the emotional roller-coaster of Radek Wojtaszek’s win against Hikaru Nakamura was captured in live commentary by Mateusz Bartel, the fifth member of the Polish team.
Posted in Polish, Russian | Tagged Bareev, Bartel, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Levitov, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Olympiad, Svidler, Vasiliev, Wojtaszek | Leave a response
Vladimir Malakhov: chess player, nuclear physicist
By mishanp on September 5, 2010
There’s an urban myth that Vladimir Malakhov, rated 2725, a World Cup semifinalist and on the Russian 1st team for the Olympiad, is an amateur chess player. He sets the record straight in an interview with Wojciech Gryciuk for the Polish Chess Federation website, while also making some startling revelations about top-level chess.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Adams, Arkhipov, Bartel, Dreev, Dvoretsky, endgames, Malakhov, Mamedov, openings, PCF | 6 Responses
The great Anand’s little ideas – part III
By mishanp on September 2, 2010
Radosław Wojtaszek’s commentary on the final games of the Anand-Topalov match again reveals the thinking of the Anand team, but also the human story of how, for instance, the seconds returned to their rooms to nap when the decisive game appeared to be heading for a draw.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Anand, Doggers, Mat, Shipov, Topalov, Vasiliev, WC 2010, Wojtaszek | 3 Responses
The great Anand’s little ideas – part II
By mishanp on August 30, 2010
Radosław Wojtaszek, one of Anand’s seconds and the latest member of the 2700-club, annotates games 7-9 of the Anand-Topalov World Championship match in Sofia.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Anand, Kasparov, Mat, Shipov, Topalov, WC 2010, Wojtaszek | 4 Responses
Interviews from the World Junior Championship
By mishanp on August 20, 2010
The World U-20 Championship in Poland lent itself to photo reports, but there was little real coverage from the venue. An exception was the regional “Super Nowości” newspaper, which interviewed the winners, Anna Muzychuk and Dmitry Andreikin, as well as the Polish star, Dariusz Świercz.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Andreikin, Anna Muzychuk, Świercz, Wojtaszek, World Junior Championship | Leave a response
The great Anand’s little ideas – part I
By mishanp on August 11, 2010
Grandmaster Radosław Wojtaszek, one of Viswanathan Anand’s seconds in Sofia, annotated the games from the recent World Championship Match for the Polish “Mat” chess magazine.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Kasparov, Kramnik, Mat, Pein, Shipov, Topalov, WC 2010, Wojtaszek | 10 Responses
The Polish Chess Federation responds
By mishanp on July 31, 2010
Tomasz Sielicki, the President of the Polish Chess Federation, gave an interview responding to criticism from the leading Polish player, Radosław Wojtaszek. Sielicki also outlines the achievements of his year in charge and discusses preparations for the upcoming Olympiad.
Posted in Polish | Tagged Beliavski, Danailov, ECU election, Gajewski, Jakubiec, Krasenkow, Mat, Olympiad, PCF, Sielicki, Sulypa, Świercz, Wojtaszek | 2 Responses