“Who plays better, Ivanchuk in good form or Carlsen?”
By mishanp on June 15, 2011
Boris Gelfand’s view, in an interview with Chess-News after winning the Candidates Matches in Kazan, was that an in-form Ivanchuk is still the best player in the world. As well as the topic of age in chess, he also talked about preparation, computers, Sofia Rules and the World Championship format.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, computers, Gelfand, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Sofia Rules, Topalov | 20 Responses
Boris Gelfand: A completely happy man
By mishanp on May 31, 2011
After Boris Gelfand won the Candidates Matches in Kazan he gave numerous interviews that shed light on a player who, despite having been at the top of world chess for 20 years, is perhaps still something of a mystery to chess fans. It’s time for that to change, as an Anand-Gelfand World Championship match awaits!
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Anand, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Gelfand, Geller, Grischuk, Kamsky, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Petrosian, Soviet School | 13 Responses
Ivanchuk: “People look at some of us as eccentrics”
By mishanp on October 19, 2010
Despite his loss today to Aronian, Vassily Ivanchuk has been in impressive form of late, particularly in his dominant performance on the first board at the Olympiad. He recently gave an interview to the Ukrainian “Podrobnosti”, where he talks about the Olympiad, what chess means for him and who he sees replacing his generation of players.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Anand, Carlsen, Gelfand, Giri, Ivanchuk, Jobava, Karjakin, Maria Muzychuk, Moiseenko, Olympiad, So, Tukmakov, Vachier-Lagrave, Volokitin | 3 Responses
Khalifman: “Anand’s a genius. He emanates light”
By mishanp on August 17, 2010
While on his way to winning the Minsk Open, former World Champion Alexander Khalifman gave a long and thoughtful interview to Elena Klimetz for the openchess.by website. Topics include why his career tapered off after winning the world title, parental pressure on young chess players, and the match in Sofia.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Anand, computers, Gelfand, Kamsky, Kasparov, Khalifman, Kramnik, Minsk Open, Topalov, WC 2010 | 4 Responses
Kramnik on competing with Carlsen
By mishanp on July 5, 2010
In something of a media blitz around his 35th birthday, Vladimir Kramnik gave another interview, this time to Evgeny Gik of the Moscow-based “Moskovsky Komsomolets”. He talks about Magnus Carlsen’s threat to his chances of reclaiming the title, chess politics and how age has affected his chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Carlsen, Dortmund, FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Levitov, RCF, Topalov | 9 Responses
Gelfand at Crestbook Part II
By mishanp on June 20, 2010
The second installment of Boris Gelfand’s answers to the questions of Crestbook readers kept up the incredible length and quality of the first. A general title might be, “Everything you ever wanted to know about GM chess but never dared to ask”. He patiently answers questions ranging from “e4 or d4” to “what’s the meaning of life”!
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Anand, Anti-Moscow, Carlsen, Caruana, cube, Elista, FIDE election, football, Gelfand, Giri, Grischuk, Ilyumzhinov, Ivanchuk, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Makropoulos, Najdorf, Nakamura, Petroff, Pirc, Rodshtein, time control, Topalov, WC 2010 | 5 Responses
Gelfand at Crestbook Part I
By mishanp on May 6, 2010
Boris Gelfand’s responses to reader questions at Crestbook were all you could hope for – patient, revealing and full of insights and anecdotes. Remarkably these translations are only a fraction of the original, and this is only part one.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Kasparov, Korchnoi, nature or nurture, Petrosian, Rubinstein, Tal | Leave a response
Gelfand on computers and FIDE
By mishanp on December 22, 2009
After his win in the FIDE World Cup Gelfand gave a long and fascinating interview to Yury Yakovich at Chesspro.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Berlin, computers, FIDE, Gelfand, Kasparov, Kramnik, Makropoulos, Petroff, Rublevsky, Yakovich | Leave a response
Kramnik: “If Topalov becomes champion it will be a disaster for chess”
By mishanp on December 16, 2009
Kramnik gave a fascinating and controversial interview to Michael Khomich at Sports.ru after winning the Tal Memorial in Moscow.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Anand, Carlsen, Danailov, Elista, Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Kasparov, Khomich, Kramnik, Morozevich, style, Tal Memorial, Topalov, WC 2010 | 1 Response