Anand’s WhyChess interview
By mishanp on May 10, 2012
After last year’s Tal Memorial, where Viswanathan Anand drew all nine games, he gave a long and fascinating interview to Vlad Tkachiev. Topics included the champion’s current form and the upcoming match against Boris Gelfand. On the eve of that match I’m resposting the interview here as it’s currently unavailable at WhyChess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Gelfand, Kasparov, Kramnik, Tkachiev, WhyChess | 3 Responses
Grischuk on the World Cup
By mishanp on September 28, 2011
Shortly after the World Cup was over runner-up Alexander Grischuk gave an interview to Maria Fominykh. He talked about his route to the final, the “fair play” incident between Navara and Moiseenko, and how chess players approach chess – noting that usually it’s as if they’re going to a factory.
Posted in Russian, WhyChess archive | Tagged Aronian, Feller, Fominykh, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Moiseenko, Navara, Potkin, Tkachiev, World Cup 2011 | Leave a response
It’s the end of classical chess as we know it (and I feel fine)
By mishanp on June 17, 2011
Alexander Grischuk was the focus of controversy over the recent Candidates Matches. His route to the final, winning no classical games and sometimes agreeing to short draws with White, seemed to highlight the format’s problems. Grischuk himself, however, welcomed the difficult times for classical chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates Matches, Chess960, Gelfand, Grischuk, Kramnik, Sutovsky | 9 Responses
GM Levon Aronian answers your questions: Part I
By mishanp on June 9, 2011
From his answer to the very first question on why people play chess, it was clear that Levon Aronian’s Q&A at Crestbook was going to be an entertaining read: “For pleasure, peace of mind and the moral torture of their neighbour”. Sharp and funny, the Armenian GM lifts the lid on life at the top of the chess pyramid.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates Matches, Crestbook, Gelfand, KC-Conference, Kramnik, Movsesian, Shipov | 18 Responses
Grischuk and Aronian’s views on their match
By mishanp on May 12, 2011
Although the tournament favourite was knocked out, Aronian and Grischuk’s tie-break was somewhat overshadowed by events in the other match. In fact, it turned out afterwards that the players had been disturbed by the “bam-bam-bam” of Kramnik and Radjabov playing blitz!
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Barsky, Candidates Matches, Grischuk, Kramnik, McFarlane, Radjabov, Shipov, Vasiliev | 4 Responses
Vassily Ivanchuk: “I’m a very ambitious person”
By mishanp on April 27, 2011
Few would identify emotional outbursts as the quality to borrow from Garry Kasparov, but then Vassily Ivanchuk has always stood out from the crowd. In a long and fascinating interview he again displays the self-awareness and deliberate strategy that often lie behind his apparent eccentricities.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Amber, Aronian, Carlsen, computers, Ivanchuk, Karpov, Kasparov, Oksana Ivanchuk, Olympiad, poker, Svidler, Topalov | 2 Responses
Vladimir Potkin on chess coaching and cheating
By mishanp on April 8, 2011
In an interview given after becoming European Individual Champion, Vladimir Potkin talks about how he won, what it means for his “day job” of coaching Ian Nepomniachtchi, and gives his view on the cheating scandal that was the talk of the town in Aix-les-Bains.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, cheating, Efimenko, European Individual Championship 2011, Feller, Jobava, Levitov, Nepomniachtchi, Olympiad, Parligras, Polgar, Potkin, Shipov, Timofeev, Vasiliev | Leave a response
Birth of a Supernova: Vasiliev reports from Wijk aan Zee
By mishanp on February 2, 2011
Hikaru Nakamura’s tournament victory was described as “the birth of a supernova” by Yury Vasiliev in two final reports from the Tata Steel 2011 Tournament. The Russian journalist was on the ground in Wijk aan Zee to provide photo reports and comments from players and observers throughout the event.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, ChessPro, Chuchelov, Giri, Grischuk, Kramnik, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Nyzhnyk, Shirov, Sport Express, Tata Steel 2011, Topalov, van den Berg, van Wely, Vasiliev | 6 Responses
Your questions for GM Levon Aronian
By mishanp on January 28, 2011
Levon Aronian is one of a kind – not only a phenomenally gifted chess player, but also a colourful and quirky character. Who better, then, to subject to a “people’s interview” as part of the Crestbook “KC-Conference” project? Seize the chance to ask him your own questions today!
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Crestbook, KC-Conference, Odessky, Shipov, Tata Steel 2011 | 46 Responses
Vladimir Kramnik on 2010
By mishanp on December 31, 2010
Evgeny Surov’s interview with Vladimir Kramnik after the recent London Chess Classic provided not only an insight into Kramnik’s thought processes during that event, but also a review of 2010 as a whole and an indication of his hopes for the coming year.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates 2011, Carlsen, Kasparov, London Chess Classic 2010, McShane, Nakamura, Nikitin, Surov, Tal Memorial 2010, Wijk 2011 | 8 Responses