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
“Kirsan released into space”
By mishanp on September 13, 2010
That was one of the many headlines that greeted Ilyumzhinov’s announcement last week that he was stepping down as Head of Kalmykia. Many of the reports in the Russian press might be characterised as political obituaries, but without the inconvenient obligation to speak well of the dead.
Posted in Russian | Tagged FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Kalmykia, Karpov | 2 Responses
Karpov hits back
By mishanp on September 8, 2010
Today, in his Echo of Moscow blog, Anatoly Karpov responded fiercely both to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s explanation for stepping down as Head of Kalmykia, and his statement attacking the “political” actions of the Karpov campaign, and especially Gary Kasparov.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Dvorkovich, FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Kalmykia, Karpov, Kasparov, RCF | 2 Responses
Karpov proposes holding Candidates Matches in Kiev
By mishanp on August 7, 2010
Anatoly Karpov, former World Chess Champion and candidate for the post of FIDE President, is proposing switching the Candidates Matches from Kazan, Russia, to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Baku, Candidates 2011, FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Kapustin, Kazan, Kiev, Mamedyarov, Naberezhnye Chelny, Ponomariov | 7 Responses
Ilyumzhinov: Chuck Norris owes me a bottle of whisky
By mishanp on July 11, 2010
While perhaps no surprise to the jaded observer, interviews with the President of the Internation Chess Federation are often extraordinary. Where else, in the middle of a heated election campaign, can you find a candidate talking openly about aliens, astrology, clairvoyants and meetings with such assorted characters as Saddam Hussein, Colonel Gaddafi, Bobby Fischer and Chuck Norris.
Posted in Russian | Tagged astrology, Baba Vanga, Bobby Fischer, Chuck Norris, Elista, FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, planet Kirsan, Steven Seagal | 3 Responses
Karpov and the stolen manuscript
By mishanp on July 7, 2010
Former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov is engaged in a fierce battle for the FIDE Presidency, but in a recent interview he told Alexander Kochetkov of “Novye Izvestia” of a tribulation that befell him in the somewhat less cut-throat world of stamp collecting.
Posted in Russian | Tagged FIDE election, Karpov, stamps | Leave a response
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
Karpov on the Pozner show
By mishanp on March 30, 2010
Anatoly Karpov gave an almost hour-long interview on Russian prime-time television, discussing his candicacy for the position of FIDE President, and much else besides.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Capablanca, Euwe, FIDE election, Fischer, Ilyumzhinov, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Pozner, Tal | Leave a response
Kasparov on ending his work with Carlsen
By mishanp on March 20, 2010
While Garry Kasparov was in Georgia he gave an interview which extratime.az claim is the first to the Azerbaijan media in 20 years. It was one of the first public statements after the news that Kasparov had stopped training Carlsen provoked much speculation.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Alekhine, Azerbaijan, Azmaiparashvili, Carlsen, FIDE election, Karpov, Kasparov, Tal | Leave a response