Karjakin reflects on moving up in the world
By mishanp on July 4, 2011
Sergey Karjakin recently finished joint top with Magnus Carlsen at the Kings Tournament in Bazna, and moved up to fourth on the July 2011 FIDE rating list. In an interview with Yury Vasiliev he talked about his ambitions, his rivalry with Carlsen, the Candidates Matches and the future of classical chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged ACP Cup, Bazna, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Chess960, Dohoyan, Dolzhikova, Efimenko, Gelfand, Karjakin, Kramnik, Motylev, Vasiliev | 10 Responses
Ilya Levitov: “For me, classical chess is opera”
By mishanp on June 18, 2011
And he isn’t an opera buff. If you’re wondering why that matters, it’s because Levitov is one of the most influential men in chess: President of the Russian Chess Federation Board, a FIDE Vice President and part of the new Foundation for Modernisation. He gave his verdict on the current state of chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Botvinnik Memorial, Bronstein, Candidates Matches, Chess960, FIDE, Levitov, Tal Memorial 2011, Vasiliev, World Mind Games | 7 Responses
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
Grischuk: I was worried I’d forgotten how to play chess
By mishanp on May 28, 2011
Just before the closing ceremony of the Candidates Matches in Kazan, Alexander Grischuk gave a fascinating interview to Yury Vasiliev of ChessPro, where he talked about tactics, his fear he’d forgotten how to play chess, Gelfand’s play in the final, and the “burial of classical chess” due to draws.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bacrot, Barsky, Candidates Matches, Chess960, Gelfand, Grischuk, Kramnik, Riazantsev, Svidler, Vasiliev | 1 Response
Kramnik: I thought of banning castling before the 10th move
By mishanp on May 13, 2011
The short draw between Grischuk and Kramnik has already sparked debate and criticism, but the most interesting contributions actually came from the players themselves in the post-match press conference which, as Mark Crowther notes, was almost longer than the game itself.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Chess960, computers, Grischuk, Kramnik, Ponomariov | 26 Responses
Vassily Ivanchuk: I can still become World Champion
By mishanp on February 5, 2011
Vassily Ivanchuk’s stunning win in Gibraltar reminded us all of his enormous chess talent, while his recent long interview with the Ukrainian Zaxid.net addressed the missing piece of the jigsaw – why is it that a genius like Ivanchuk has failed to mount a serious World Championship challenge?
Posted in Ukrainian | Tagged Capablanca Chess, Carlsen, Chess960, computers, FIDE, FIDE election, Gibraltar, Golubev, Ivanchuk, Kasparov, So, Tymoshenko, World Cup | 14 Responses
“One of those things that distinguish us from the Neanderthals”
By mishanp on August 6, 2010
This is how Grandmaster Michal Krasenkow describes chess in his wide-ranging responses to reader questions at the Crestbook website. Other topics include phoney titles, the “theorisation” of chess and Krasenkow’s thoughts on emigrating from Russia to live in Poland.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Chess960, computers, Crestbook, De Firmian, KC-Conference, Korneev, Krasenkow, Olszewski | 1 Response
Analysing by the riverside with Bobby Fischer
By mishanp on June 23, 2010
In a remarkable interview given to Yury Vasiliev of Sport Express, the 87-year-old GM Svetozar Gligorić talks about some of his career highs and lows, his friendship with Fischer and the unlikely new career he took up, aged 81.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Capablanca, Chess960, computers, Fischer, Fischer-Spassky 1992, Gligorić, Petrosian, Spassky, Tal, Vasiliev | 3 Responses