Natalia Pogonina Interview

 

 

 

Natalia Andreevna Pogonina born March 9, 1985, in Russia is a chess Woman
Grandmaster and member of the Russian Olympic chess team. Taught the basics of the game by her grandfather Pogonina learned to play chess at the age of five. In 2004, Natalia Pogonina was awarded the title of Woman Grandmaster.

On FIDE’s Top 100 Women July 2012 list placed in 41st place with a rating of
2447, Natalia has many accolades as an active player.

Accomplishments noted on her site http://pogonina.com/

Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18),
bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women
Championship, winner of the gold medal at the 1st International Mind Sports Games, co-winner of the 2008 Student World Championship and Russian Superfinal-2010, and #1 at multiple prestigious international tournaments (2005 – Bykova Memorial, 2007 – Rudenko memorial, 2009 – Moscow Open, etc.).
Ranked as 3rd most successful female chess player in the world in 2009 by the
Association of Chess Professionals.

As of 2010 Natalia’s FIDE rating was over 2500 – a mark that is associated with the title of a male Grandmaster.

As of  2012, Natalia Pogonina is the only chess player in the world to hold
simultaneously two prestigious titles – European Team Chess Champion and European Club Chess Champion. She also became the runner-up at the World Team Chess Championship.

Thank you Natalia for taking the time and granting us this interview to answer
questions from you fans at ChessRex.com .

Natalia says, “the more original and uncommon they are, the better.”

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kingsnehashis: When our opponent castles, should we use all our strength in attacking the
castled king, or concentrate more on controlling the center?

Natalia: Chess is a very complicated game, so there are no universal rules of this scale. The devil is in the details, so sometimes you have to play for a direct king attack; sometimes in the center; sometimes even on the other side of the board, etc.

kingsnehashis: While playing, what things should grandmasters always keep in mind?

Natalia: Try not to fall asleep, I guess.

kingsnehashis: Which offers more chances to win — an attacking approach or defensive
playing?

 

Natalia: Being a universal player. Also, it’s more about playing well than having a certain style. For example, while being universal, Kasparov is more of a tactical player. Carlsen is more positional. But I bet you wouldn’t be unhappy about having either of their ratings.

kingsnehashis: In blitz, when both the sides are in equal position and any wrong move can
invite a blunder and you don’t have much time left, how do you find a suitable move quickly?

Natalia: You have to develop your intuition and practice a lot in order to get used to playing quickly and well. Also, when both partners are short on time in blitz, many mistakes go unpunished. So you should try to avoid making obvious blunders and confuse the opponent if possible.

AVIJIT DAS: Suppose you are playing with another GM and the foremost rule is that you
have to draw the game, what opening would you start with that will help you to force the draw?

Natalia: I will just play my standard openings and try to win, but keep in mind that if there is a way to draw (e.g., perpetual check), then I can go for it. Choosing “dead drawn” openings is bad from the psychological point of view. A player starts simplifying the position and talking himself into believing that he will be able to hold it. Gradually, the position is becoming worse and worse, and then he loses. Therefore, you should remember that when you need a draw you are happy with either drawing or winning. Basically, two outcomes out of three suit you.

AVIJIT DAS: If in chess… all pawns become bishop…then what would be the problem in
playing the game? Or who will get the advantage…White or Black? If you are playing such game as white, then what would be your first move and why?

Natalia: This “game” is a mate in 4: 1. Bf7 Kf7 2.Bc4 (or 2.Bh5) Ke8 3.Qh5 Bg6 4.Qg6X
There are a few sub-variations (exercise: find them), but it’s still a mate in 4.

AVIJIT DAS: What are the differences between normal chess and jumping chess in terms of tactics?
http://www.chessvariants.org/crossover.dir/jumpingchess.html
Why is jumping chess is not so popular?
Do you think Online Chess sites need to include this type of chess?

Natalia: Personally I prefer classical chess over all the variants. Also, I believe that in terms of marketing it’s better to have one official format and promote it. If we have a hundred versions of the game, each of which is played by a few thousand fans, we won’t ever get anywhere in terms of establishing chess as one of the world’s leading sports. However, don’t get me wrong, I mean no offence to people who enjoy other types of chess. I myself used to play bughouse and other variations when I was a teen.

AVIJIT DAS: What is best way, resign early when we see the coming defeat or see till the end? What do you prefer?

Natalia: My formula for this is “resign when the weaker of the two players realizes that it’s all over”. You can find a detailed answer in my article “When should one resign?” –

http://www.pogonina.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1037&Itemid=1&lang=english

AVIJIT DAS: If God gives you the power to turn your family in to chess set then which
chess piece (other than Queen) would you like to be and why?

Natalia: I love all my pieces equally; otherwise one of them might become insulted and start avenging me. Besides, don’t you think that being a human is somewhat more advantageous than being a chess piece?
AVIJIT DAS: If all the chess pieces become alive and they are in a battle field then
which chess piece would be less tensed and why?

Natalia: Maybe the bishops, because they will set their hopes upon God’s mercy?

AVIJIT DAS: I have weakness in playing fast games, in a hurry I make more blunders than my opponent, but I can play days game well where I can take time and give my moves.  Can you give me some tips that would help me to play blitz games better?

Natalia: Hope this article will help (“Playing Blitz”):

http://pogonina.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=410&lang=english

AVIJIT DAS: Can chess make a child an introvert or unsocial?  I’m asking this because I have seen such kids and elder people who are such type.  Obviously it doesn’t apply for all, but is it true to some extent?

Natalia: I am afraid you are mixing up the cause and the effect here. I’ve read stories about kids who, for example, had an injured leg, so they had to stay at home and read books/play chess. Then they grew up relatively unsocial. Or someone who doesn’t like to communicate a lot with other people might decide to choose chess as a career, because of its “silent” nature. However, many of the people who like chess are very amicable and communicable. To sum it all up, chess does attract a lot of nerds and nuts, but it doesn’t mean that everyone who plays it must be one.

Last but not least, introvert and unsocial are not synonyms. While being unsocial is typically regarded to be a negative trait, being an introvert is quite ok.

chesspro: I recently played in a high school dual meet.  I was beating my opponent and during my turn I knocked over my king by mistake.  We stopped the clocks and the game and asked our teacher if this means I resigned because he would accept the resignation.  Teacher said to keep playing as if it never happened.  I eventually beat him, although he said that I accept his mistake resignation.  My question is did I or he win the game?

Natalia: Knocking the king off the board doesn’t mean resignation. We all know this symbolic action from movies/history, but in the modern world it doesn’t have a legal status. There is another example: capturing the king. Kids are often taught that the goal of the game is to capture the opponent’s king (some coaches think that this concept is easier to understand than checkmating). So, imagine a situation when one of the players makes an illegal move and exposes his king to a capture. The other one happily grabs it and says he won. This happens all the time. Instead, of course, the illegal move should be annulled, and the game should continue in a normal way.

chesspro: Is the Fried Liver attack for black?  Can black also play this attack?  It is one of my favorite attacks.

Natalia: Did you mean to ask if there is an equivalent of the Fried Liver attack for Black? Guess not, because Black doesn’t have the time for it. Also, against die-hard Fried Liver fans one can simply play 3…Bc5 instead of 3…Nf6.

chesspro: I have a question, should I read to become stronger at chess, or is playing enough?

Natalia: I’d say that the stronger you are, the more you have to study. For novices the ratio is maybe 80% practice, 20% theory. For mid-level (Expert to FM) it is closer to 50%-50%. The very top GMs can spend 90% of the time or more preparing for the games.

Also, by practice I mean playing classical and rapid time control games and carefully analyzing one’s mistakes afterwards. If one, for example, just keeps mindlessly playing blitz day after day on the Internet, his skills will improve somewhat, but not much. Theory and practice always go hand in hand.

chesspro: I have come across many books by grandmasters, should I purchase one?

Natalia: Of course. Since your question implies that you have never bought chess books before, I suggest you start with something about the history of the game and/or a chess manual of some sort. Just don’t buy one of those voluminous boring opening encyclopedias.

 

 

 

Higginator: G’day Natalia, I’d like to ask you about “Body Language” in Chess.  I’ve
noticed that in a few Games (on Youtube) you prefer to keep Low to the Board and sure enough your Eyes rarely glance at your opponent! (like a Snake in the Grass)  The Chess Pieces are your Main focus of course by the way you move them… but do you use any tactical Body language to create the opponent
to make Eye contact with you (apart from # Check Mate # ) and can you see the
Chess Future in your opponents Body Language before the and during the Game?

Natalia: On the one hand, if you know a certain person well, you are beginning to get more “tells”. On the other hand, you never know what’s really going on the board. Let me try to convey my idea by introducing an example. Vladimir Kramnik mentioned that Garry Kasparov’s body language was extremely rich. Often after an opponent made a move he would shake his head, thrust his eyes out, touch his watch and so on. Most GMs became nervous at this point: “If Kasparov disapproves, then I must have done something wrong”. On the contrary, Kramnik stayed calm and adopted another paradigm: “If he is acting like that, then maybe he has overseen something?”. Moreover, Viswanathan Anand mentioned that Kasparov’s body language is widely overrated by journalists. The Indian WCC said that the main strength of Kasparov was in his moves. If he had been a weaker player, then people would have just laughed at his grimaces, and that’s all.

Nonetheless, some people still seem to have a magical aura surrounding them. People say that some players had/have hypnotic powers (Tal, Fischer, Carlsen, etc.). My interpretation of this phenomenon is that those GMs are great players who, in addition to their chess skills, have a formidable reputation. Some of their opponents are feeling like turkeys before Thanksgiving starting from move 1! The Customer and Nemesis theory plays a role here too.

 

 

 

Higginator: Nat, would you like to see Chess (the World Game) being played in the
Olympics rather than the Chess Olympiad and like Aussie Michelle Jenneke’s warm up Dance before competing do you have any Warm up routine before sitting at the Chess table?

Natalia: Generally speaking, our Chess Olympics are not in any way inferior to the regular Olympics. This year 160 countries will be taking part, and I am looking forward to competing there. However, it would still be helpful for chess to become part of the Olympics just because this way we would get more recognition, TV time and support from the state/private sponsors. For example, as far as I know, the US Olympic Chess Team is often having problems with funding, so Rex Sinquefield is kindly supporting them. If chess was an Olympic sport, I am sure there would be more companies willing to seek the player’s endorsements and sponsor them. In Russia the status of a member of the Olympic chess team is supposedly equal to a member of the “normal” Olympic team, but we still have less funding and privileges.

Pic: with Veselin Topalov at the Bermuda Party, Chess Olympics-2008

 

 

I don’t really have a warm-up routine since chess a mind game. But if I come up with some weird and hilarious dance, I will certainly record it and post a video.

Crazy dances: WGM Natalia Pogonina & WGM Anna Burtasova

 

 

higgie: Hi Natalia, when Playing Chess “Over The Board” its nice to Play with Quality Chess Set…! What is the Most expensive Chess Set that you have played on?  Do you have a Chess Set collection of your own?  Do you like Playing on Larger Chess Sets that you can walk on the Board and get
amongst the Pieces and how would you describe the feeling compared to Playing at a Chess Table?

Natalia: I prefer the standard tournament Staunton chess sets that are used at all the official tournaments. We do have a few chess boards at home, but I wouldn’t call it a collection. Of course, I have played giant chess and seen a couple of expensive chess boards made from mammoth’s tusks, gold and silver, and so on. But I don’t really like those fancy sets, so one of the worst presents for me that one can come up with is one of those elite chess boards.

Giant chess:

 

 

 

higgie: Nat, When Playing Online Chess Sites do you have Handles/usernames that are not linked to your real Identity that you are using for ChessFun maybe?  Other Chess sites that I’ve played on don’t have the Designs that I have seen here at ChessRex…!!  What would your Chess Set Choice of Colors
and Shapes be if you could design a Chess Set that Suits you most online?

Natalia: I have official accounts at most of the major chess servers, but sometimes I do experiment using a different nickname. Also, quite often someone proudly messages me and says something like: “I hope you remember how I beat you in that game in 20 moves?”. Then I ask him to send me the annotation, and it turns out that he was playing an impersonator. Be careful, for some reasons there are always people willing to use my avatar/name…

NZT-48: Natalia I could not find any video interviews of you in English.  Would you give your English speaking fans a video interview to enjoy?

Natalia: Good idea. It’s a pity that there are very few interviews with chess players available on the Internet. I think we need more talk and/or play shows of this type. I am also considering releasing a chess DVD, but so far haven’t allocated the time to record it.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

1) Natalia as you know Chess is a very competitive sport…  Man vs woman, Man vs Program, Man vs the World, Woman vs the World.  Like yesteryear’s Greats; Fischer and Spassky representing their Nation for the championship do you see anyone in the near future representing their countries in a political showdown over the chess board? Asia has always been at the top of Chess competition mainly Russia (Soviet Union) taking most accolades and making a huge statement in history by leading this way. By all accounts
if chess is a measurement of intellect and intelligence makes a Country or
Continent superior to others, Asia should be leading the world in all aspects; economic, science, space age hardware, etc.  What would you say is holding Asia back from becoming the Superior Continent in the world?

Natalia: Some people cherish the days when chess was a toy in the hands of politicians who were exploiting it a symbol of intelligence. First of all, I believe that this sort of confrontation doesn’t really benefit anyone. Secondly, being intelligent helps in chess, but it is by far not the only prerequisite. When the media says that the current World Chess Champion is “the smartest person in the world” or “one of the greatest thinkers” this is good PR for the game, but it’s not necessarily true. Thirdly, neither the USSR nor Russia is Asian countries. They are what we call Asiopa, a hybrid of Europe and Asia. Fourthly, I don’t see why you think that a) Asia should be dominating the world b) something is holding it back. I mean, I’ve also read all those semi-racist findings that Asian people are supposed to be the smartest race, but it’s not like I trust those articles. Not to mention that it’s not a good idea to get too excited about such theories…

Boris Spassky & Natalia Pogonina:

 

 

kalevipoeg: Natalia do you like Estonian GM Paul Keres?  What do you think about Keres’s games?

Natalia: I have deep respect for Paul Keres as a person, although I haven’t studied his games in detail. Of course, I’ve, nonetheless, seen some of them.

AWOLNATION: Natalia you have been Columnist at Chess.com, chess blogs at Sports.ru,
RedHotPawn.com, ChessGames.com and Chessdom.com.  Will you be taking part in any of those activities at ChessRex.com since it promises to be the chess site of the future?

Natalia: Haven’t really blogged at ChessGames and ChessDom, but we had other interesting projects.

I am always open for interesting proposals related to promoting chess and making other people happier. Maybe this interview is a first step towards future cooperation?

AWOLNATION: Natalia do you like Awolnation
https://www.facebook.com/AWOLNATION/app_178091127385 ?
What music do you listen to?  What is a good song that helps you get pumped
before a game?

Natalia: I like different music – A-HA, Enigma, Mylene Farmer, Dido, Coldplay, Madonna, Paul McCartney, M83, Ace of Base, etc. Also a lot of rappers – mostly American/English and Russian. I don’t have a special song that keeps following me year after year. Before the most important games I usually don’t listen to music at all. Instead I am trying to reach inner harmony without having anything distract me from doing so.

Haven’t heard Awolnation before. Thanks for the link; nice group!

Also, I like singing.

 

 

puffin: Did you finish your book “Chess Kamasutra”?  If so, where can I find it?

Natalia: One of my chess books is pretty much completed, but, if you are familiar with this industry, you know that the publishers can often slow down the process considerably. Frankly speaking, I am disappointed that it still hasn’t been released. As to Chess Kama Sutra: that project is too energy-consuming; we haven’t finalized it yet. This is a very serious topic, and we don’t want to release anything superficial and half-baked.

puffin: Who are the highest rated male and female players you’ve defeated?

Natalia: First of all, I don’t remember. Secondly, there were some private games that I shouldn’t be talking about. Here’s a post about my official classical time control games against the highest-rated female chess players ever:

http://pogonina.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1146&Itemid=1&lang=english

One of the problems here is that it’s very hard to get to face strong the very top-rated players. They are playing in closed round robin events, and I am not good enough yet to be invited to some tournament with an average rating of, let’s say, over 2700.

devel777: Who was the lowest rated player you lost to (relative to your rating at the time)? What was the game?

Natalia: I don’t remember. The gap between amateurs and pros is closing, and nowadays we see upsets quite often. Ok, you wouldn’t be satisfied with such an answer. Maybe this game ?

devel777: I like Chess960 because I think have a better chance at winning since I
haven’t studied the opening book.  What do you think of Chess960?  Should it become more important in the chess world?

Natalia: I am not a fan of Chess960 and believe that all these moans about having to cram up too much theory that we’ve been hearing lately are a) exaggerated b) apply only to the very top GMs. Yes, at 2700+ level people do spend a few hours before the game memorizing and going over variations. However, the prevailing majority of the players in the world don’t need to dedicate so much effort to studying theory. I like Magnus Carlsen’s practical approach: don’t stuff too many lines into your head; just outplay the opponent later on.

dijak: What do you think about the idea of draws counting as 0.49-0.51 for black (if black offers the draw, and white accepts it, then the result would be 0.51-0.49 for white; if position is theoretical draw, and there would be too much time needed for threefold repetition, then black needs to declare
the draw in order to achieve the result 0.49-0.51) in order to at least a little restrict the number of quick draws?  For example – berger tournament, odd number of players, so that everyone would be white just as many times as black.  I think it would work even in team competitions (with berger
system), if there would be odd number (let’s say 7 or 9) of teams, and also odd number of chess boards in single team (let’s say 5 or 7).  So, how do you feel about that idea?

Natalia: It is obviously better than the crazy idea to award 3 points for a win and only 1 for a draw. However, I don’t really think that scoring is a serious problem. Talking about final standings, there are much worse situations when one person is announced the winner based on some parameter that he can’t even control himself, e.g., number of games played as Black. Or performance, which depends on the rating of the opponents, and those are chosen by the machine. And someone else who has the same score ends up being, let’s say, #5. The winner might get $20,000 and the other guy – $1,000. I don’t think it’s fair. Ok, it’s a long discussion that deserves a separate article.

dijak: Have you ever had any frustration about the position of black knight on b8
after the move 1.d4? (Frankly, I had it in the past – the “philosophy” goes like this: after 1. e4 e5 white attacks the
pawn e5 with his piece (2. Nf3) and so black is able to defend it with piece (2. .. Nc6), or even go for counter-attack (2. .. Nf6), while after 1. d4 d5 white attacks the pawn d5 with his less-worth
c-pawn (2. c4), so if black wants to defend it, he needs to do it with his pawn – either with 2. .. c6 or 2. .. e6.  In case of 2. .. c6, there is no more an option for development
with Nc6, and in case of
2. .. e6 – if he wants to play later Nc6, and have some agility in his position
– he is obliged to play
c7-c5 (Tarrasch defense), which results in isolated pawn on d5.  And in cases of
all kind of developments
with Nb8-d7, I really think that knight on d7 is somewhat passive piece (squares
e5 and c5 are controlled
by white d4-pawn, on f6 is blacks other knight).  Exept maybe in Queens gambit
accepted and Semi-Slav Meran,
where black expands on queen side with b7-b5, c7-c5, etc.  Otherwise, black
knight can stay on c6 for period
longer than one or two moves only in Tarrasch defense (price = isolated pawn on
d5), Queens gambit accepted,
and sometimes in Gruenfeld Indian defense (price in both cases = giving up the
center).  But then I have
just said to myself “well, let it be”. Of course – all this “philosophy” is
very, very general and relative.
So, how do you judge the position of black knight on b8 after 1. d4 ?

Natalia: I have never thought of it this way and never had such frustrations. If I don’t like how my pieces are placed in a certain opening, I try not to play it. Let them and me enjoy ourselves during the game. Also, I don’t see how the b8-knight should be feeling bad after 1.d4. There are numerous options to develop it the normal way.

dijak: I am a huge lover of Fischer-random chess.  What do you have to say about
Fischer-random chess?  Is it good and advisable to play it or not?

Natalia: This question has already been asked before (see above). And in terms of being “good and advisable to play it” – it depends on your goals. If you like the game and enjoy playing Chess 960, then why not do it. Or, if you meant using Chess 960 as a way of increasing your mastery in regular chess, then I wouldn’t recommend it. There are lots of more efficient training techniques available.
Thanks for the questions. Some of them were indeed unexpected and mind-boggling! You can always contact me via Pogonina.com and/or check out the “Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina” series.
Favorite games
It’s hard to say which games are most memorable to me, but I guess I would pick the two matches vs. the World in 2009 and 2010, because a lot of effort has been put into them, and because they have affected thousands of players, not just two.
Here are the videos:
Pogonina vs. The World, Chess.com, 1-0


The World vs. Pogonina, ChessGames.com, ½-½

 

 

 

 

EXTREMEoverCAST Chess Knights

ChessRex.com has futuristic graphics design for a multitude of chess sets.

Bellow is a serious Chess Knight named after the Great Robert James Fischer.

The newly developed chess set has character and attitude well attributed to Fischer’s character and play. Fierce and serious with a dark side this Chess Knight looks menacing on the board. The Fierce Robert James Fischer Knight at ChessRex.com.

 

 

 

Fierce Robert James Fischer

 

 

 

Match of the Century

Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky

Tension over the USA and USSR and the long standing cold war drew worldwide interest on this Chess match, two Super Powers were going to face off on the chess board.

Reykjavík, Iceland 1972 Robert James Fischer met Boris Spassky for the World Championship.

On July 11th, the “Match of the Century” had begun  Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky.
The drama surrounding the match on all levels from Grand Masters to Media and government agencies was a result of the High expectations for Robert James Fischer and Boris Spassky.

After 21 games of a possible 24 games the match was over on August 31,1972, with Robert James Fischer winning a game after 7 consecutive draws.

 

 

http://deskarati.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/B-Fischer_Spassky_1972a.jpg
Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky

 

Image from http://deskarati.com/2011/12/04/bobby-fischer/

EndGames Exclusive at ChessRex.com

EndGame  positions Exclusive at Chessrex.com

These games start at the point when all is online.. exchanges have been made and the battles for position to claim the board are defined.

Kasparov Deep Blue Game 1: 5/3/97:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bogza,Adina (2271) – Dembo,Yelena (2322)Yugoslavian league

 

 

 

 

 

Have they just reinvented Vote Chess ?

Found this interesting and confusing.

“Geo-social Games” ” The Ukrainian specialists have invented and patented technologies that enable any individual to participate with thousands and millions of other individuals in an online game, which previously only played by two. ”

Have the just reinvented Vote Chess ?

” Thanks to development of modern means of communication the developers are counting for 500 million of active players’ audience within 1.5-2 years. ”

500 million for Vote Chess ?  I know other sports are in that estimated figure but please come down to Earth Awol.

 

 

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented new project “Geo-social Games”

 

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On July 3rd FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held a press-conference in Kiev, during which, together with Mr. Alexander Krasyuk, CEO of “K2 Promotions”, Mr. Anatoly Yatsenko, President of the Ukrainian Draughts Federation, and Messrs. Vladimir Kolomiez and Oleg Savchuk presented a new project : “Geo-social Games”.
The Ukrainian specialists have invented and patented technologies that enable any individual to participate with thousands and millions of other individuals in an online game, which previously only played by two. This absolutely new product is intended for world markets of sport, games and gadgets and was invented by World Boxing Champion, founder of “K2 Promotions” Mr. Vitaly Klitschko and FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The project developers were the first who managed to combine the intellectual and economic component based on the principles of redistribution of winning in a product called “Geo-social Games”. The point of this project is the organization of global international tournaments of intellectual and other sports (chess, draughts, boxing, football, bridge, etc.) by means of information and telecommunication technologies. Each person regardless of his or her social status and means can earn a significant amount and be recognized by his or her intellect.
Chess and boxing will be the leading sectors of “Geo-social Games”, which will allow unlimited number of people to be involved in these sports.
“To think a step ahead, develop the logic and thinking – these qualities are important not only for chess players or boxers, they are useful in the life of every person. ‘K2 Promotions’ supports this project, as it can become a new global strategy of refocusing the youth on a healthy lifestyle regardless of place of residence and income. Besides, part of prize funds will be directed on the stipends for talented grand masters, young promising sportsmen, on organization and conducting the tournaments. This one of the most important missions of project that we welcome”, said Vitaly Klitschko.

“Geo-social Games – project is designed to unite under its wing, people of different religions, races and nationalities, all age groups and various social stratum. A unique symbiosis of physical and intellectual possibilities can change the social image of the planet. I’m very pleased that project is being realized with great sportsman of our time Vitaly Klitschko on the basis of developments of Ukrainian experts”, said Mr. Ilyumzhinov.

Thanks to development of modern means of communication the developers are counting for 500 million of active players’ audience within 1.5-2 years.

The authors and project developers are Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, Mr. Vitaly Klitschko, World Boxing Champion, Mr. Alexander Krasyuk, CEO of “K2 Promotions”, Mr. Anatoly Yatsenko, President of Ukrainian Draughts Federation, Messrs. Vladimir Kolomiez and Oleg Savchuk, project developers and coordinators.

Kiev

Mr. Vladimir Kolomiez, Mr. Oleg Savchuk, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Mr. Alexander Krasyuk, Mr. Anatoly Yatsenko

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/6274-kirsan-ilyumzhinov-presented-new-project-qgeo-social-gamesq.html

Yelena Dembo Born to Play Chess

 

 

Born to Play Chess

Yelena Dembo was trained by highly skilled parents.

EXTREME :What do you get when you have a Chess trainer, Journalist,  Psychologist, professional pianist for a father and
a USSR Master of Sports in Chess, linguist, chess journalist and trainer as a mother ?

Yelena :Exactly these professions. I am a writer, journalist, professional trainer, chess player, etc.

EXTREME : Yes but that is also the best formula to make the type of chess players that I like to call a Baby Chess Monsters.

 

AVIJIT DAS:

1)    Your FIDE Rating Progress Chart shows that during April 2007 to January 2008 your rating was going down,
but after that period you reached to your career best rank.
I want to know during that period what preparations you took that helped you reach that level.

Yelena : Explanation is very easy.  Until that period I was writing and publishing one book after another. And after was studying chess much more. This is the main “secret”.

2)    These days in online chess the blitz games are becoming very popular compared to day games.
Why?  Is it because people are losing patience or because people don’t have much time to play longer games?

Yelena : Many people don’t have the possibility to play long tournaments and travel, therefore they play online to compensate. This way they get both training and happiness of associating with chess.

3)    When two GMs are playing and one is younger than the other do you think age can be a decisive factor in the game?
If so, who will get the advantage?  The older person or the younger person?

Yelena : Of course, age difference is a very important factor. But it is not always decisive. It is clear, that if one is 20 years old and another is 55, then it can be decisive in favor of the younger. But also, not always! Remember, a very good play of Karpov, Korchnoi, Beliavsky, Lasker, Botvinnik, etc after age of 50! We can only dream of such play!! But of course, this question is very individual. It depends on players physical, psychological, chess level.

kingsnehashis:

1)    How can we play like a grand master?  What things should we be careful about of while playing?

Yelena : To play like a GM you need to have a specific chess talent, to work on chess and physical training a lot from an early age, to have very good trainers and if you are lucky, to have very good parents who will be traveling with you everywhere, support you in everything and have a good material basis. As for the second question, in our family there was no “being careful” about something in chess. It is impossible if you want to achieve very high results.

2)    Which openings are most advantageous?

Yelena : Any openings if you understand them well.

RAGINGBULL:

1)    How can I best teach a 6 year old to play chess?

Yelena : It is very easy, if you are have a high chess level, are good psychologist, good children’s teacher and love your child very much. But if to talk about it in more detail, I could tell it in a course of some lectures. Many dozens of hours.

2)    How do you prepare for a match exactly?

Yelena : No active chess player will ever say how he prepares.

3)    How do you know what openings to play against any given opponent?

Yelena : It becomes clear after studying given opponent’s games.

4)    What’s your top 3 favorite openings? and why?

Yelena : Spanish, Scotch, French. I understand and feel them best. They are the most near to my character.

5)    What are your top 3 favorite defenses? and why?

Yelena : Sicilian, KID, Gruenfeld. I understand and feel them best. They are the most near to my character.

6)    Are online coaching courses any good? Do they really work?

Yelena : Of course! All my students improve very well. Their ELO climbs, they have many wins in tournaments, even against much higher rated opponents.

7)    Which past GM do you idolize and why?

Yelena : Fischer, Tal and Kasparov. Genius people, very hard workers, played on extremely fantastic level. Their style, ideas are very much to my liking. By the way, I heard from strong GMs sometimes that many my games resemble games of young Tal. For example, Dembo-Driamin, Castaneda-Dembo, Dembo-Chilingirova and many other games.

8)    How exactly do I get a FIDE rating?

Yelena : Please, check it out on
<http://www.fide.com> www.fide.com

9)    Do you play chess online?

Yelena : I played a lot of blitz years ago (bullet –
1 min per game and 2 min per game), but now I don’t have any time for it. I
have a huge amount of students.

10)    Which openings and style of play best suit blitz?

Yelena : Those you know best.

11)    What do increments mean in blitz?

Yelena : Additional second or minutes added after every move (can be any number).

12)    Do you know of any FIDE rules in blitz where a players clock runs to
zero and then
counts down from 5 seconds to zero again and this process repeats a few
times?

Yelena : No.

 

NZT-48:

1)    How many moves do you calculate ahead in a game? Depends on the
position.

Yelena : Can be from 2 to 15.

2)    What is your greatest asset.. calculation or intuition?

Yelena : Both.

3)    At the age of 3 years and 9 months you became a rated chess player..
what was your rating then?

Yelena : I am sorry, but I am afraid you misunderstood. I got a USSR chess grade – 4th.

puffin:

1)    Who have you played?  Polgar(s)? Kosteniuk? Kosintseva(s)? Pogonina?
Yifan? van Nies? etc? any male Masters?

Yelena : I never played van Nies, but I
played all the others. I have a positive score with Kosinsteva sisters, half
a year ago I drew Hou Yifan in China. But since all my life I play mostly in
male (Open tournaments) I won a huge amount of games vs male IMs and GMs.
For example, GMs Erenburg, Kritz, Lechtynsky, Malakhatko, Chatalbashev,
A.Zhigalko, etc.

2)    What was your greatest victory?

Yelena : It is difficult to choose one game
from very many.

devel777:

1)    For a patzer I can calculate OK, and can even hold my own against
stronger opponents in the middle game.
But against stronger players I usually get behind in the opening game
(within 10 moves) and finally
capitulate 40 moves later.  So, other than memorizing the opening book,
is there a system I can use to
get me through the opening game against good opponents to achieve an
even position?

Yelena : There is no such system. In order to play well against
stronger opposition you have to learn good openings, to play middle game and
endgame well and calculate very well.

2)    When do you think about opposition in the late middle game?

Yelena : Opposition is only useful in endgame.

3)    What was your most beautiful game?

Yelena : Maybe it is Castaneda-Dembo, or maybe Dembo-Driamin. Maybe another one.

 

AVIJIT DAS:

1)    Your FIDE Rating Progress Chart shows that during April 2007 to January 2008 your rating was going down,
but after that period you reached to your career best rank.
I want to know during that period what preparations you took that helped you reach that level.

Yelena : Explanation is very easy  Until that period I was writing and publishing one book after another. And after was studying chess much more. This is the main “secret” .

2)    These days in online chess the blitz games are becoming very popular compared to day games.
Why?  Is it because people are losing patience or because people don’t have much time to play longer games?

Yelena : Many people don’t have the possibility to play long tournaments and travel, therefore they play online to compensate. This way they get both training and happiness of associating with chess.

3)    When two GMs are playing and one is younger than the other do you think age can be a decisive factor in the game?
If so, who will get the advantage?  The older person or the younger person?

Yelena : Of course, age difference is a very important factor. But it is not always decisive J It is clear, that if one is 20 years old and another is 55, then it can be decisive in favor of the younger. But also, not always! J Remember, a very good play of Karpov, Korchnoi, Beliavsky, Lasker, Botvinnik, etc after age of 50! We can only dream of such play!! J But of course, this question is very individual. It depends on players physical, psychological, chess level.

kingsnehashis:

1)    How can we play like a grand master?  What things should we be careful about of while playing?

Yelena : To play like a GM you need to have a specific chess talent, to work on chess and physical training a lot from an early age, to have very good trainers and if you are lucky, to have very good parents who will be traveling with you everywhere, support you in everything and have a good material basis. As for the second question, in our family there was no “being careful” about something in chess  It is impossible if you want to achieve very high results.

2)    Which openings are most advantageous?

Yelena : Any openings if you understand  them well .

RAGINGBULL:

1)    How can I best teach a 6 year old to play chess?

Yelena : It is very easy, if you are have a high chess level, are good psychologist, good children’s teacher and love your child very much. But if to talk about it in more detail, I could tell it in a course of some lectures. Many dozens of hours .

2)    How do you prepare for a match exactly?

Yelena : No active chess player will ever say how he prepares .

3)    How do you know what openings to play against any given opponent?

Yelena : It becomes clear after studying given opponent’s games.

4)    What’s your top 3 favorite openings? and why?

Yelena : Spanish, Scotch, French. I understand and feel them best. They are the most near to my character.

5)    What are your top 3 favorite defenses? and why?

Yelena : Sicilian, KID, Gruenfeld. I understand and feel them best. They are the most near to my character.

6)    Are online coaching courses any good? Do they really work?

Yelena : Of course! All my students improve very well. Their ELO climbs, they have many wins in tournaments, even against much higher rated opponents.

7)    Which past GM do you idolize and why?

Yelena : Fischer, Tal and Kasparov. Genius people, very hard workers, played on extremely fantastic level. Their style, ideas are very much to my liking. By the way, I heard from strong GMs sometimes that many my games resemble games of young Tal. For example, Dembo-Driamin, Castaneda-Dembo, Dembo-Chilingirova and many other games.

8)    How exactly do I get a FIDE rating?

Yelena : Please, check it out on
<http://www.fide.com> www.fide.com

9)    Do you play chess online?

Yelena : I played a lot of blitz years ago (bullet –
1 min per game and 2 min per game), but now I don’t have any time for it. I
have a huge amount of students.

10)    Which openings and style of play best suit blitz?

Yelena : Those you know best .

11)    What do increments mean in blitz?

Yelena : Additional second or minutes added after every move (can be any number).

12)    Do you know of any FIDE rules in blitz where a players clock runs to
zero and then
counts down from 5 seconds to zero again and this process repeats a few
times?

Yelena : No .

NZT-48:

1)    How many moves do you calculate ahead in a game? Depends on the
position.

Yelena : Can be from 2 to 15 .

2)    What is your greatest asset.. calculation or intuition?

Yelena : Both .

3)    At the age of 3 years and 9 months you became a rated chess player..
what was your rating then?

Yelena : I am sorry, but I am afraid you misunderstood  I
got a USSR chess grade – 4th.

 

puffin:

1)    Who have you played?  Polgar(s)? Kosteniuk? Kosintseva(s)? Pogonina?
Yifan? van Nies? etc? any male Masters?

Yelena : I never played van Nies, but I
played all the others. I have a positive score with Kosinsteva sisters, half
a year ago I drew Hou Yifan in China. But since all my life I play mostly in
male (Open tournaments) I won a huge amount of games vs male IMs and GMs.
For example, GMs Erenburg, Kritz, Lechtynsky, Malakhatko, Chatalbashev,
A.Zhigalko, etc.

2)    What was your greatest victory?

Yelena : It is difficult to choose one game
from very many.

 

EXTREMEoverCAST

1)    I have heard many players excuse using a database to make the best
move – In online chess play or
correspondence chess, do you feel it is fine to use a database to make
the best move possible?

Yelena : I think it is better to know the right move rather than try to understand or choose a move during the game .

2)    Some players who appear to make the best moves are most often accused
of using chess engines to play.
I have been accused of this and I saw a few searches of you being
accused of using an engine to play.
I do admit that I did not take the time to read them because you are not
the first, last, or only person
accused of this.  Would you like to comment on that as it is your Name
Brand being attacked by the
Brand Name Chess sites that make these accusations?

Yelena : No If the site doesn’t want to have me on it, it is its loss .

3)      You have authored numerous books.. where can we buy them and what
authors have inspired you ?

Yelena : The first two books I published myself you can
purchase directly from me via e-mail, four opening books you can buy
everywhere online – Amazon and many other sites. And I don’t need an
inspiration to write books,  I decided to write and did it .

http://www.amazon.com/Yelena-Dembo/e/B0034Q0YYE
https://twitter.com/#!/yelenadembo

http://yelenadembo.com/

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=36823&kpage=15

Best wishes,

Yelena