Spassky: “I knew the openings badly”
By mishanp on January 30, 2012
Boris Spassky, the Tenth World Chess Champion, today turned 75. In a long interview he talked about his introduction to chess, the road to the title and his friendship and rivalry with Bobby Fischer, as well as about his personal life, from surviving the Siege of Leningrad to his first unsuccessful marriage and moving to France.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Bondarevsky, Fischer, Geller, Keres, Petrosian, Spassky, Tal, Tolush, Zak, Zangalis | 6 Responses
Anti-hero? Evgeny Vasiukov on Viktor Korchnoi
By mishanp on March 24, 2011
Viktor Korchnoi, who turned 80 yesterday, is one of the great figures of twentieth-century chess, but also one of the most controversial. Evgeny Vasiukov, who’s known him for 60 years, felt compelled to voice what he considers the truth about Korchnoi, both as a man and a chess player.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Botvinnik, Bronstein, Fischer, Karpov, Korchnoi, Petrosian, Sosonko, Taimanov, Tal, Vasiukov | 41 Responses
Aronian: I’ve never considered myself a strong blitz player
By mishanp on November 18, 2010
Maria Fominykh’s final report on the Tal Memorial at ChessPro included interviews with two of the winners, Sergey Karjakin and Levon Aronian. Both players talked about the main event, but also the upcoming blitz.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Eljanov, Fominykh, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kharms, Kramnik, Mamedyarov, Nakamura, Odessky, Shipov, Tal, Tal Memorial 2010, Wang Hao | 5 Responses
Mikhail Tal and contemporary chess
By mishanp on November 13, 2010
Moscow’s Tal Memorial honours Mikhail Tal, the “Magician from Riga”, who blazed a path to win the World Championship half a century ago this year. Recalling those days, and how chess has changed since, has been a theme of Ilya Odessky’s tournament reports.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Botvinnik, computers, Gelfand, Grischuk, Korchnoi, Kramnik, Nijinsky, Nikitin, Odessky, Ponomariov, Shirov, Sosonko, Tal, Tal Memorial 2010, Vaganian | 10 Responses
Topalov, Didier Drogba and romanticism in chess
By mishanp on June 26, 2010
In what some might consider cruel and unusual punishment, Bulgarian schoolchildren recently played chess with an IBM supercomputer. Fortunately, they had a little help from Veselin Topalov, who after the match gave an interview to Danail Kisov of Klassa.bg.
Posted in Bulgarian | Tagged Anand, computers, Danailov, ECU election, Fischer, IBM, Kasparov, Tal, Topalov, WC 2010 | 3 Responses
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
Gelfand at Crestbook Part I
By mishanp on May 6, 2010
Boris Gelfand’s responses to reader questions at Crestbook were all you could hope for – patient, revealing and full of insights and anecdotes. Remarkably these translations are only a fraction of the original, and this is only part one.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Kasparov, Korchnoi, nature or nurture, Petrosian, Rubinstein, Tal | Leave a response
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
“Chess isn’t something squalid, chess is very cool”
By mishanp on November 9, 2009
Ilya Odessky’s report included a transcript of Kramnik’s demonstration of his game with Anand, given as proof of the folly of considering draws necessarily boring.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Barski, draws, Fominykh, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Leko, Odessky, Ponomariov, Sofia Rules, Tal | Leave a response