Moscow bids for Anand-Gelfand match (updated)
By mishanp on June 28, 2011
Ilya Levitov broke two pieces of news Monday. The crucial one was that despite the dark musings of many, and above all the FIDE President himself, we now have at least one bid for the Anand-Gelfand match. The other concerned a unique twist for the Botvinnik Memorial this September.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Botvinnik Memorial, Gelfand, Ilyumzhinov, Levitov | 20 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
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
Levitov on the collapse of the London match
By mishanp on February 10, 2011
In an interview published today, Ilya Levitov, a FIDE Vice President and the man in charge of the Russian Chess Federation, explains why he believes the plans to hold a World Championship match in London broke down, and also reveals details of the next World Championship cycle.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Botvinnik Memorial, Carlsen, FIDE, Gelfer, Levitov, Makropoulos, Pein, RCF, Tal Memorial, Vasiliev | 3 Responses
“Chess punished the whole team” – Russian views on the Chess Olympiad
By mishanp on October 6, 2010
While the Russian women’s first team took gold with an almost flawless performance, their male counterparts found things a whole lot tougher. Vladimir Kramnik, Evgeny Bareev and Sergey Shipov were among those who assessed the silver-medal performance at the World Chess Olympiad.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bareev, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Levitov, Malakhov, Morozevich, Niepomniachtchi, Olympiad, Shipov, Svidler, Zangalis, Zhukov | 21 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
Russia-USA in the Russian press
By mishanp on September 25, 2010
Russia’s 3:1 victory over the USA in round 4 saw some of the best Olympiad coverage yet. Bareev’s traditional commentary (read on for what Malakhov could learn from a cleaning lady!) was joined by Karjakin’s overview of the round, two photo reports and live and post-game insight on Kramnik-Nakamura.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bareev, Barsky, Golubev, Grischuk, Kamsky, Karjakin, Kramnik, Levitov, Malakhov, Nakamura, Olympiad, Onischuk, Rublevsky, Shipov, Shulman, Svidler, Topalov, Vasiliev | 9 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