“Who plays better, Ivanchuk in good form or Carlsen?”
By mishanp on June 15, 2011
Boris Gelfand’s view, in an interview with Chess-News after winning the Candidates Matches in Kazan, was that an in-form Ivanchuk is still the best player in the world. As well as the topic of age in chess, he also talked about preparation, computers, Sofia Rules and the World Championship format.
Posted in Russian | Tagged age, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, computers, Gelfand, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Sofia Rules, Topalov | 20 Responses
Gata Kamsky: I can’t play like Grischuk and Kramnik
By mishanp on May 22, 2011
As the press conference after the semifinals was only attended by the winners we didn’t get to hear from Gata Kamsky, but he later talked to a local newspaper. As well as discussing the games he described his approach to chess, the previous match he played against Topalov, and when he intends to retire.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Candidates Matches, Gelfand, Grischuk, Kamsky, Kramnik, Topalov | 9 Responses
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
Danailov: “Chess should either change, or die”
By mishanp on February 17, 2011
In a short but fascinating interview, Silvio Danailov, Veselin Topalov’s manager and the President of the European Chess Union, shed light on the fate of a number of tournaments, his protégé’s form, and new and controversial plans for the future of chess.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Candidates Matches, Danailov, European Women's Championship, Kramnik, Linares, M-Tel Masters, Sofia Rules, Topalov, Vasiliev | 5 Responses
Birth of a Supernova: Vasiliev reports from Wijk aan Zee
By mishanp on February 2, 2011
Hikaru Nakamura’s tournament victory was described as “the birth of a supernova” by Yury Vasiliev in two final reports from the Tata Steel 2011 Tournament. The Russian journalist was on the ground in Wijk aan Zee to provide photo reports and comments from players and observers throughout the event.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, ChessPro, Chuchelov, Giri, Grischuk, Kramnik, Nakamura, Nepomniachtchi, Nyzhnyk, Shirov, Sport Express, Tata Steel 2011, Topalov, van den Berg, van Wely, Vasiliev | 6 Responses
Bits and Pieces #1
By mishanp on November 26, 2010
Boris Spassky on his recovery, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on Carlsen, Veselin Topalov on his fear of Santa Claus, and Darek Świercz makes Wijk-aan-Zee, with a little help from his trainer. Chess stories from Russia (and “Eastern Europe”) in brief.
Posted in Bits and Pieces, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian | Tagged Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Cultural Village, Danailov, Fischer, Golubev, Ilyumzhinov, Kasparov, Spassky, Sulypa, Świercz, Topalov | 3 Responses
Carlsen and the Candidates – a retrospective
By mishanp on November 7, 2010
Although Magnus Carlsen’s decision to pull out of next year’s Candidates Matches came as a great shock, perhaps we should have seen it coming. It’s worth revisiting this summer’s press, where Veselin Topalov was making the headlines, but Carlsen’s name kept cropping up.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aronian, Azmaiparashvili, Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Danailov, Fischer, Sutovsky, Topalov, Vasiliev | 15 Responses
Shirov interviewed at Crestbook
By mishanp on November 2, 2010
A full English translation of Alexei Shirov’s answers to reader questions at Crestbook has just been published. The Latvian firebrand is asked about chess tactics and openings but also, for instance, about “the most important thing in a woman”.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Crestbook, Kramnik, Shirov, Topalov | Leave a response
Grischuk interviewed at Crestbook
By mishanp on October 24, 2010
Alexander Grischuk, one of the most interesting characters at the top of world chess, responded to reader questions at Crestbook. Topics included his preference for blitz and rapid chess, his other career as a poker player… and almost everything else under the sun.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Crestbook, European Club Cup, Grischuk, Khalifman, Krasenkow, poker, Shirov, Topalov, Zhukova | 2 Responses
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