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