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
Nepomniachtchi back in the race
By mishanp on December 24, 2010
With his win on tie-breaks in the Russian Championship, Ian Nepomniachtchi, born in the same year as Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin and now 2732.8 on the live rating list, confirmed he’s back in contention for the highest honours in chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Carlsen, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Olympiad, Potemkin, Russian Championship 2010, Savinov, Soviet Sport, Svidler | 1 Response
GM Peter Svidler answers your questions: Part I
By mishanp on December 2, 2010
Peter Svidler didn’t disappoint! The first instalment of his answers to reader questions bears all the hallmarks of his wit and self-deprecating humour. The Russian super-grandmaster talks about his career, chess colleagues, Carlsen’s withdrawal, chess literature… and much much more.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bareev, Carlsen, computers, Crestbook, Kasparov, Kramnik, Olympiad, Shipov, Svidler | 7 Responses
Kramnik: I don’t have Kasparov’s approach – first place or nothing
By mishanp on November 6, 2010
Vladimir Kramnik, who had a very bad day at the office in the Tal Memorial first round, was in better form in the interview he gave to Evgeny Surov before it began. His comments on ratings and the World Championship take on extra significance after Carlsen’s shock withdrawal.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Kasparov, Kramnik, Olympiad, Surov, Tal Memorial | 1 Response
Kramnik: For now Magnus is my “client”
By mishanp on October 20, 2010
Fresh from his smooth win in Bilbao, Vladimir Kramnik gave an interview where he talked about the situation at the top in world chess, Magnus Carlsen’s recent loss of form, and his own hopes of regaining the top spot on the rating list.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Bareev, Bilbao Masters 2010, Carlsen, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Kasparov, Kramnik, Leko, Olympiad, Shirov, Topalov, Vasiliev | 6 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
“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
“Fortune beckoned… then melted into thin air”
By mishanp on September 30, 2010
Russian Captain Evgeny Bareev comments on the first team failing to beat Ukraine and move into the lead at the World Chess Olympiad. The only (but perhaps sufficient) success story continues to be Sergey Karjakin, who revealed how a little female assistance gave him an easy victory against Pavel Eljanov.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bareev, Dokhoyan, Efimenko, Eljanov, Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Malakhov, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Olympiad, Ponomariov, Svidler, Tatiana Kosintseva | 1 Response
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