Anastasia Savina interview.



Hi I am Anastasia Savina. I was born in Moscow on 18 march 1992,I was taught chess by my parents at the age of 5 and at 7 I started attending the chess clubs. My first coach in the chess club built in honor of Tigran Petrosyan was Albert Gurvich. And then I took my chess lessons with Luidmila Zaitseva, whom I’m very appreciative for my chess achievements of that time (2nd place in the EYCC in Spain 2002 (G-10), 2nd and 1st places in Russian Youth Championships in 2004 and 2006). In 2006 I got an opportunity to change my normal school and enter a special sport colledge, where we could combine learning school subjects and chess lessons with grandmasters Sergey Arkhipov and Valeriy Chekhov. That time I decided to do chess professionally, raised my rating till 2200 and reached my first WGM norm.Since 2008 I started an intense work with Valeriy Chekhov, who was my coach till 2010, and with whose help I reached the main successes in my chess career :I fulfilled all WGM and IM norm, raised my rating till 2408, participated in the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiisk (2010) as a member of the team Russia-2 with other young and talented russian girls (Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Anastasia Bodnaruk and Alina Kashlinskya). Since october 2010 I started to work at chess by myself and a half a year later won the Russian Championship (G-20). Unfortunately after that achievement my last two years were not so good, I was qualified to play in the World Championship U-20, but got no success there, and lost about 100 ELO points during the year 2011) Since summer 2011 I have been studying in RGUFKSMiT (Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism) to get the Diploma of Chess Coach.This year (2012) I was 2nd in Russian Championship under 20 and also started a chess coach career in Prague helping small participants of Russian chess delegation in the European youth championship.


EXTREMEoverCAST : Thank you Anastasia Savina for taking the time out of your busy schedule to grant your fans at this interview.

alekhine: Hello Mam, sending you the heartiest greeting from my side…I hope you will enjoy answering my questions.

alekhine:Did you hire a coach when you were a beginner?

Anastasia:I had a coach, but our trainings were not individual. I was training in the group with other children twice a week.

alekhine:Who inspired you? What are your favourite openings and defenses and why do you consider them your favorite?

Anastasia:From my childhood I was taught to play mostly the systems with the closed pawn structure where you can come up with the different strategic plans & ideas. So I like to play Kings-Indian with white as an opening where the strategic ideas of white are fighting with some attacking black’s movements on the king side.

alekhine:During a blitz game, do you feel any time pressure? Does it create any difference in your concentration level?

Anastasia :Well, I can’t say that I’m playing quickly, and even in the game with normal time control I’m often suffering from time troubles. So I’m used to feel the time pressure. And I think I’m more concentrated during the blitz game, because here you really need to make your brains work faster.

alekhine:How do you prepare before a game if you know that you will be facing a strong opponent?I know that a professional player never shares this, but any tips for ChessRex members?

Anastasia:Iguess I will tell no secret if I say that I check the games of my opponent in Chessbase to find out his or her preferable openings, the style of playing, weak and strong points. Then if I’m lucky enough to find suitable lines that I had prepared at home I just need to revise them. But it happens rather often (especially with strong opponents) that I have to complete my lines or even watch something new. But still I try to finish my preparation after 3 hours not to be tired during the game.

alekhine:If you have a choice to capture a bishop or a knight, which one will you choose and why?

Anastasia: It depends on the position…But I think in the majority of cases I’d prefer to play with bishops.

alekhine:Looking at the history of chess, men have always achieved higher ratings than women, what do you say about this?

Anastasia:Yep, that’s true! Not such a pleasure to agree with it but here we can’t argue with the statistics…Don’t know. Our brains work in different way. I guess men can be more concentrated, better control their emotions and overcome the psychological pressure.

alekhine: Thanks for answering my questions… Your tips will be very valuable for us… Your fb friend…

Anastasia: Thanks for your questions, alekhine. 



kingsnehashis:When you have no idea how your opponent plays, is it better to use chess traps or better to avoid them if it creates difficulties developing your pieces?

Anastasia:I think it’s better always to play according to the “chess rules of the logical development of the pieces”. So if the traps don’t spoil your position, why not? But if you have to suffer if the opponent succeed not to get into it, you’d better avoid the traps, but develop your pieces, fight for space and some other positional advantages.

kingsnehashis:What is your opinion about King’s Gambit, the Queen’s Gambit and The Two Knight’s Defense? I would be very glad if you honored me with your advice on how to develop my skills.

Anastasia:I play Queen’s Gambit myself with white, so I’ll definitely recommend this opening! As for the King’s Gambit and The Two Knight’s Defense, I don’t play them myself and I know that they are not popular on the top level. But sometimes these openings could be good enough, because it obligate both players with the knowledge of some force lines, so if you know them better you can win rather quickly.


AVIJIT DAS:If I request you to make a rank of five best games of this world which games would you choose & where would you place chess in that rank & why?

Anastasia:Not so easy, there are a lot of games and sports that are considered to be very interesting and good for health, but I have never tried them to tell my opinion…Just for me chess will be definitely on the 1st place, because for me it’s much more than just sport or game. Chess is life!! Then I’ll put football, as a game I like very much as a spectator and which we play sometimes with my friends. The 3rd goes for poker. Well, I guess a lot of chess players will support me in this point. Let tennis be the 4th, I did it in childhood, but stopped because I needed more time for chess. But still I like it, and it’s always a pleasure for me to watch strong player playing.And the 5th place goes to one pantomimic game (if we are talking not only some sport games), which is called ‘crocodile’ game is Russia (I’m not sure about the name in English). It’s a funny one!

AVIJIT DAS:On starting of your career if you had to choose an option other than to become a “Successful chess player” which option would you have chosen & why?

Anastasia:I think I also could have tried myself in cooking. I like it very much, but have not enough time for practice…Maybe I could also teach kids in school. And I can tell you for sure, I don’t want to have a job somehow connected with economy and finance.

AVIJIT DAS:Do you think mood plays a big role in the game of Chess? When professional chess player represents her/his country in that situation do you think mood should not play a role as it can affect the game?

Anastasia:The professional player usually knows which mood he needs for the best result to be concentrated and not to depend on the emotions. But it’s not so easy to get into such an optimal mood sometimes.

AVIJIT DAS:Do you have a dream to play with someone whom you always wanted to play with but still you haven’t played yet?

Anastasia:Yes, but it’s not someone really super strong, just some of my chess friends that we still hadn’t meet at the chess board.

AVIJIT DAS:Which three steps would you take to represent women more in chess at the top levels?

Anastasia: I don’t know, at first we should start playing better! Now the difference between men and women top players is very huge and the average rating of these 2 groups is growing each year. Last year 3 women succeeded to reach the 2600 level and it’s not only their own achievement, but also a contribution into the women chess promotion. A lot of women chess players try to promote women chess making some public blogs, participating in TV and other mass media projects. I know that sometimes they are criticized for that by the chess society, but actually I think we should we thankful for such work and appreciate it. Also women chess is much more exciting than men sometimes, there are no so much boring draws, we are fighting till the very end and the estimation of the position could change rather unpredictably. So women chess attract a lot of spectators and this fact we can use! In my opinion, organizing some women blitz and rapid and broadcast it on websites and TV is another step that could be done to raise the women chess popularity. As for my own attempts, I am glad to participate in the chessrex interview, because here I can share my ideas, be heard and listened!

AVIJIT DAS:Which three words would you use to express yourself as a chess player?

Anastasia:That’s really difficult! I’d like to say some nice words about myself, but as for this moment I feel that my play has some disadvantages with which I should fight before. So I’ll better postpone the answer to this question till the moment I improve my weak chess features.

AVIJIT DAS:Do you think a chess player need to be good at standard games first then eye for rapid & blitz or there is no such sequence?

Anastasia:Usually tournaments with classical control are more popular and more well-paid, so I’d rather agree that classical control is the most important now. But during the last year rapid and blitz were becoming more & more popular, now we have separated rating system, much more rapid tournaments with very good prizes and also in the tournaments with the knock-out system if the classical games are finished with draws, the destiny of all match will be decided in rapid and blitz! So the professional player must be good enough in all types of time controls to perform stable.

AVIJIT DAS:Exactly at which age you have started to see yourself as a Chess coach?

Anastasia:Oh, only this year I started to do it and understood that it ‘s not to soooo difficult as I expected it to be before.

AVIJIT DAS:Do you think all excellent chess players can become a Good chess coach or is it a special talent or skill that one need to have?

Anastasia:I guess, the ability to coach depend on the person’s character. In my opinion, not all of us are suitable to work with kids, not all of us are patient enough to explain twice etc. So the strong coach is not always a strong player and wise verse.

AVIJIT DAS:Which is your dream game that you have lost but would remember forever and why?

Anastasia: For this moment I don’t have such losses to remember them forever. I try to take it easier to save my nerves for future battles.

AVIJIT DAS:If we request to become a member of & advise us or play few games whenever you get time, would be able to find some of us or do you have very busy schedule?

Anastasia:Well, I’m quite busy, but I can find some time to play with the chessrex members for sure!  

AVIJIT DAS:In this interview from which three questions from all members you liked most?

Anastasia:Hmm, need to think…Actually, it was interesting to answer many of them and I even found out something new for myself thinking about some questions.



Ditto:Which do you use to identify your self GM or WGM ?

Anastasia:If someone asks me about my title I will tell that I’m WGM, but hope one day I’ll be able to answer that I’m GM. I hope to get the men’s title, but now there are 3 norms and 200 rating points between me and this goal.

Ditto:Following up with this question …Like who would you like to play like ?

Anastasia:Hmm…I don’t have such an icon in chess, whose play I’d like to copy. But actually, all these players reached 2700+ are very strong and all of them have some extra strong features. So I watch their games trying to improve my own chess level.

Ditto:On this site there are players of all levels, Do you believe that having simul against a GM or WGM would help better our game?

Anastasia:It would be nothing bad to play in the simul anyway, so if you have a chance to participate in the simul, it would be a good practice. I don’t think that 1 game can influence the quality of your play very strongly, but if you analyze it after to find out your mistakes, you can also learn something useful.

Ditto:Just as I asked your colleague Eneida (Eneida Pérez de Lücke), What do you think of a mixed World Chess Championship ?

Anastasia:Sorry, I haven’t read her answer, but as far as I understood you’re talking about playing women and men together. Well, it would be very difficult for women! We have a chance to participate in men’s world cup even now if we are qualified from European championship or all others preliminaries. But as far as I remember only Judith Polgar was qualified for last year World Cup…

Higgie: G’day Anastasia, YouTube seems to be a way of Showing the Online World more than just the Game of Chess to the Online viewers! I’ve only seen one Video of you Playing in the Moscow Open 2011 and in this short Video and I noticed that the Background noise was rather noisy. Your opponent seemed to notice this as you were in Deep thought as to “Wot2Do” …. What to do* for your next move.

Higgie: What things do you find annoying when Playing in tournaments that may distract your attention to Detail either from the surrounding environment or your opponents?

Anastasia:Higgie, nice to hear that there are some videos with me on youtube. Actually when I’m deeply in the position on board I don’t even notice the noise around. For me it’s worse when it’s too cold or hot in the playing area. As for my opponents’ behavior, I think it would be polite not to make noise like opening sweets, chocolates or drinks during my move, but these things will never really disturb me.


Higginator:Do you Play Chess Online?

Anastasia:Higgainator, Yes, I have an account in ICC and in some Russian sites for online games. But I don’t play very often. Actually, I think online blitz is a rather important kind of preparation of the chessplayers even if they usually play only with classical time control, because there you can become more experienced in some opening lines or just try to play some new types of the positions. So I’d like to play more online games, but not always I have enough time and good connection…

Higginator:What do you think about Fischer Random Chess 960 and would you enter a Chess960 tournaments or have you?

Anastasia:Once I played such a tournament, and it was a nice experience! Well, a bit unusual, but interesting. But still I feel myself more comfortable knowing before the game how my pieces would stand and develop.

Higginator:Do you look at your opponents Body language when Playing OTB or is it Just a Mind Game for you?

Anastasia:Sometimes I notice that my opponent feels nervous etc., but for me is much more important what is happening on board.

Higginator:What’s your Favorite Win and against Who?

Anastasia:Hard to say…Most probably I hadn’t played yet such a significant game to remember it all my life! But hope I’ll play it one day!

Higginator:What’s your Favorite Draw and against Who?

Anastasia:Ahh draws are even harder to remember, sorry.

Higginator: What’s your favorite Location that you have Played Chess at around the World or just been to for a Holiday?

Anastasia:I like my home city Moscow very much! It must be my favorite place in the word! And I like Old Europe as well, by its architecture, small streets, traditions…Last two years I visited some really nice places in France, Germany , Belgium and Spain while playing some chess tournaments. But actually, the biggest part of our World is yet unexplored by myself! For example, I’ve never been in USA, Australia, New Zealand, but of course, I’d like to!

Higginator: What’s your favorite music and is it true that the Night Life in Moscow never Sleeps?

Anastasia:It depends on my mood, I have 32 GB of music on my laptop. Can’t say for sure, you’d better come and check yourself! Guess we have some cool places to go at night, but I’m not such a ‘party’ person to recommend you some.

Higginator:Do you have any Plans on Visiting Australia?

Anastasia:It would be nice! As I told, I like traveling, so if I have such an opportunity, I would definitely use it!



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

Anastasia:Let me check in my base… I think the highest rated man player was Simantsev Mikhail (2511), I played with him 3 years ago in a round tournament near Moscow. So this victory helped me to fulfill my 2nd IM norm. And as for a highest rated women player, I guess it was Paehtz Elisabeth. We played in European Women Championship 2010 in Rijeka, and that time she had elo 2486.

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

Anastasia:Recently I lost against the Turkish girl Ozturk Hilal (1784). But I guess she will raise her rating rather quickly, she is playing quite well.

AWOLNATION:What should we value the most for the end game Knights or rooks ?

Anastasia:Rooks are usually stronger, but of course it depends on the pawn structure, location of the pieces ect.

AWOLNATION:Do you feel homesick in your Chess travels? Anastasia:Not much. I like being in different countries and I always speak with my parents, friends and relatives by phone, sms or skype.

AWOLNATION:What is the most exotic place that you have visited while attending chess tournaments?

Anastasia:Well, the tournaments are usually held not in exotic places, so it’s hard for me to chose. But for this moment definitely it was India! (We played the World championship under 20 there in 2011). So totally different climate, people, food and mentality comparing with the places I’ve been before!

AWOLNATION:What place would you like to visit that you have not yet done so?

Anastasia:I’d like to visit all the 6 continents! Well, maybe Antarctica is too extreme. , but all others I hope to visit in my life. Also I was only In the European part of Russia, so it would be nice to visit the Asian part, especially in winter to feel how cold it could be!



Extreme:What is the typical day in the life of a Woman Grand Master like?

Anastasia:Nothing really special. If I’m on tournament, I watch the pairings in the evening and decide what to play, at the morning I revise my lines, then I have lunch, I play my game, analyze it and start the preparation for a new one. Also I’m always happy to find some time to go for a walk, listen to music and just to sleep more. If I’m not on tournament all my days are quite different, but still I try to devote some time to chess everyday even if I’m very busy with my studies or something else.

Extreme:What can a person rated 1600 do to improve their game?

Anastasia:Actually if you have 1600 it means that there are still a lot of things you can work at and have the progress. I don’t even know what special methods I can recommend you. Everybody will tell you that it’s good to read chess books, work on your opening’s knowledge, play in the tournaments, analyze your game to find out the mistakes not to do them in future, and so on. I think that all these advices are really working, but of course I’m not ‘discovering a new land’ telling you so. As for my own opinion, I think, that some work regarding tactical combinations and the ability to calculate variations will bring you some good results rather quickly.

Extreme:When playing a stronger opponent, what issues do you typically give the most consideration?

Anastasia:I just try to be well prepared to reach a good position from the opening, stay concentrated every time I really need it and not to put myself into a time trouble.

EXTREMEoverCAST : Is there anything that you would like to add or promote ?

Anastasia: I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for everyone who prepared the questions! I appreciate such an attention and it’s a pleasure to answer you! Best regards, Anastasia.


Narro Robles opens in CU “Monumental Horses”


The exhibition is part of the Second Great International Chess Festival which takes place in University City.


Narro Robles opens in CU
The horses measure 2.5 meters in height. (Photos: UNAM)

Mexico City. – As part of the Second Great International Chess Festival , was inaugurated on Monday in Ciudad Universitaria the exhibition ” Monumental Horses “, consisting of 30 pieces of fiberglass, 90 inches in diameter and 2.5 meters high.


During the inauguration, the rector Jose Narro Robles said the results were surprising in the first version of the chess festival a couple of years ago.


“Thousands and thousands of fans shared experience, joined the games and cultural activities, while the website had five million visitors from many countries on all continents,” he said.


On the esplanade Javier Barros Sierra de la Torre Rectory , adding that with the event, which is mixture of cultural, symbolic, artistic and chess, disclosed the beginning of this year’s activities.


The National Autonomous University of Mexico ( UNAM ) embarks on a new adventure and meets the commitment to organize the second edition of the festival of chess , as well as to give new dimensions, he said.


He emphasized that chess is a hobby, a science, a great sport and an intellectual mechanism that calls and attracts millions of people worldwide.


The Leading Academic reported that horses , decorated by artists and artisans, symbolize the universality of the game-science.


Of all the works, 10 are located on the esplanade Javier Barros Sierra and the rest will be on display at the entrance to the faculties, the University Cultural Center and in the Inside Track University.


He noted that one of the main attractions of the Second World Festival , to be held from 16 to 25 November in various locations of this institution, will be the presentation of the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.


On Saturday 24 November, the European player who is currently in first place in the world rank, staged encounter “Magnus vs. the World” in which face anyone who wants to measure up both in a packed auditorium, and through the internet.

Source Notimex November 5, 201218:46 PM

‘Monumental Horses’ on the esplanade of Rectory


The history of mankind is also the history of the horse, one of the most beautiful animals of creation and it certainly has paid more and better services to man. Dario said that “It is inconceivable to Alexander the Great without” Bucephalus “the Cid, without” Babieca “Santiago can be no standing, no Quijote” Rocinante “nor poet without” Pegasus “.
Symbol of strength and beauty, in the recreation of the world that is the chess board, the horse plays a central role. In the Middle Ages chivalry was what governed the relationship between horse and man, among other things. In chess, the knight is the piece that is placed next to the tower. Your initial in Spanish and English is C N (knight, “horse / rider ‘). It is the only piece that jumps, ie, it can go from start box to the destination without being interposed to prevent any part, or the contrary neither own.


Man has always done the infinite space of the sky a constant question. The unfathomable mysteries of the night gave rise to myths and legends, but also to a science: astronomy. It is considered the beginning of it in the ancient Babylon by his priests. The priests of ancient Egypt also singular emphasis on observing the sky, being reflected in the so-called astronomical ceilings, drawn in many tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Unlike most scientists, astronomers can not directly manipulate the objects they study, and should make use of detailed observations for their discoveries. This beautiful piece embodies the sky and its stars, open vertices thousands of responses, the game plays like science.


Ancient Egyptian history covers a period of almost 6000 years. It was the most ancient civilization that has existed. History tells us that the war chariot, along with the horse was introduced into Egypt during the rule of the Hyksos in the sixteenth century. C.
The emergence of a professional army in Egypt is closely linked with its military deployment and the emergence of this new type of weapon: the chariot. This is the first weapon collective feature of developed armies. Have reached us of the art of ancient Egypt and Assyria numerous representations of chariots you can appreciate the richness of their ornaments. That cosmogony where animals are sacred, inspired this piece that recalls the beauty of those horses who wrestled countless battles, as they face the chess pieces on the board.


Granite is a plutonic rock (igneous rock and ancestral, born in the depths of the earth). Resistant, stronger than marble, corrosion and supports compression. Is a rock capable of being cut and polished.
Granite is the most abundant rock in the earth’s crust. Companion of mankind since ancient times, has been used in the construction and protected from the weather man. The camera farónica the Giza pyramid is carved in granite and many mausoleums and large buildings are of this material. This beautiful granite horse shows the beauty and strength of this rock, as are relentless victory and defeat on the chessboard.


The term Huichol is the name given to the Spanish Wixarikas. Geography stunning Sierra Madre Occidental, in Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango and Zacatecas is the blood of our ancestors forged desert wind that figure cosmogony in harmony and respect for our mother earth.
This beautiful chess piece recreates Huichol reasons. In Wixarika cosmogonic mythology is the idea that, in the beginning of time, all things that exist, plants, animals and humans, were an undifferentiated unity, in which all were connected, sharing the same language. On a white board and black also speak a unique language.


In the popular imagination, a horse on fire is a ghost, which usually appears in the lonely roads, near the crops. A horse with its tail of fire cross straight and stop just before an election, the reason is a mystery, but not the end all of these stories are fatal. A chiaroscuro painting in the collective unconscious of a duality be as powerful and beautiful as is the horse. An animal can symbolize light and darkness.
Myths about the horses know several veins, literally, have not been outside feathers of various writers. Leopoldo Lugones, for example, has a story “The Horses of Abdera”, which addresses the revolt of the Equidae and the arrival of Hercules to save the city. This raises chess piece that duality, but also the fire of knowledge that science has the game in every contention.


Ferrà i Joan Miró (Barcelona, ??April 20, 1893 – Palma de Mallorca, December 25, 1983) painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramist Spanish, considered one of the leading representatives of surrealism. His painting is full of dream worlds, imaginative games, figures whose position changes the schema of the table, in fact it has been ranked as the “most surreal of all.”
A Mediterranean surrealism, with strong colors and striking in the cosmos that are a source of inspiration. So, in 1940 he painted his “constellations”. A series of 23 small paintings full of pictograms and symbols naturalists. This was based on the sky of Normandy, a French village called Varengeville. This chess piece is an endearing tribute to that sky, that inspired the artist.


This horse refers to recycling which is a physical, chemical or mechanical comprising subjecting a material or a product already used (waste), a cycle of total or partial treatment to obtain a raw material or a new product. Also known as obtaining raw materials from waste, introducing them back into the cycle of life and occurs at the prospect of depletion of natural resources and to effectively remove waste from humans do not need.
 A new culture of production of products used to care for the environment.

Yin and yang

Chess makes a duality, day and night, opposing forces are present in the science game. The yin and yang of Taoism are two concepts that relate to the duality of everything in the universe. Describe the two fundamental forces opposite and complementary, which are found in all things. Yin is the female principle, earth, darkness, passivity and absorption. The yang is the masculine principle, the sky, the light, activity and penetration. That is, the yin and yang are opposing yet interdependent, and can be transformed into its opposite.
It can also be said that every being, object or thought has a complement of that depends for its existence and that in turn exists within himself. This piece plasma itself contraries present, while other co-existing in the same space.


 Solid, liquid or gaseous oxide – binary compound containing one or more oxygen atoms and other elements-implies, above all, the passage of time on the metal, is an extraordinary macula furrows and chiaroscuro whose sequences are drawn out moments, turned into decades, decades and centuries.
Air and Weather, made of earth, water, fire, salts, minerals, every particle of the earth’s crust and multiplies joins an oxide. So the statues till this piece its patina and where a spirited horse has been running chess games, is also the faithful mirror of a time that was metal in constant transformation.



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