Levon Aronian discusses Chess960!

Hi there Echessers!

Thanks to BiffMeatStick a new member of E-Chess960 who gave me the news, an interview with the amazing Levon Aronian has recently taken place where Aronian discusses Chess960. If you don’t know who Levon Aronian is, he’s one of the world’s best chess players who is still reasonably young and still has a long future in the game, who is also an active Chess960 player whenever there has been a tournament for it.

Here are the Chess960 exerpts from the interview and a link to the interview on Crestbook.com:

You [Aronian] play Chess 960 extremely well.
– First, do you have any general comments about the game? [CiT]

It’s a game I really love and I see it as the future of chess.

– Second, do you think Chess 960 can be played at blitz time controls in a way that the game quality is not laughably poor? (Unlike in normal chess, the opening in Chess 960 takes thought and time, so I worry that at blitz time controls there is simply not enough time in total for a typical game.) [CiT]

The blitz time control destroys the whole advantage of the game over normal chess. The greatest pleasure in that form of chess is that you have to use your head from the very first move, while a lack of time forces you to act without thinking.

Good day, Levon!
– What’s your opinion on Fischer Random Chess [Chess960], and when will it go out the window?

The game will suffice for the lives of your great-grandchildren and mine.

MS: Does Fischer Random Chess offer the promise of devaluing opening theory or… 960 times more theory?

Fischer Random Chess is a fresh look at the game without a great loss of harmony.


Enjoy Chess960 EChessers!