WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina Interview

 

WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina
Birthday: 06.10.1995
Place: Minsk, Belarus
First day with chess – 5 years
Best achievements:
Turkey, 2004 year, European Championship under 10 – 3 place
Greece, 2010, World Championship under 16 – 1 place
Brazil, 2011, World Championship under 16 – 1 place
Greece, 2012, World Championship under 20 – 2 place
Participation in Women’s WCC 2012
Belarus, 2010, 2012, 2013, Belarus Women’s Championship – 1 place

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Thank you Nastassia for taking the time to answer questions from ChessRex.com members.

EXTREME:

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Nastassia:

As for me, every championship is very important in career, because it’s all move to future success. We should think, that every game, every tournament is a lesson of chess. But, on my opinion, the proudest accomplishments are the first places in World Chess Championships.

EXTREME:

Women’s involvement in the Chess sport has changed over the past 50 years../ What do you feel woman bring to the sport and how they can help it evolve?

Nastassia:

Women’s chess is unusual chess. In our games you may see unpredictable solutions, fight till the last move. Women introduce some new beauty to chess, so many people are interested in women’s chess. I think, this kind of sport will develop day after day!

EXTREME:

When you think of male and female Great “Chess Player” who comes to mind ?

Nastassia:

It’s difficult to distinguish one best. Male great players are Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Boris Gelfand. Female – Hou Yifan, Anna Ushenina. It is for this moment.

Alekhine:

Hello Ma’am, sending you the heartiest greetings… I hope you will like answering my questions…

Alekhine:

When did you start playing chess? Who encouraged you to play chess?

Nastassia:

I was 5 years old, when I played my first game. In 6 years I played something like 1800 ELO (it is first category in our country). Everybody in my family can play chess, so I had no opportunity to miss this game.

Alekhine:

Did you hire a coach or you took it on yourself?

Nastassia:

I have one main coach and several other people, who helps me, but it doesn’t exclude self-work.

Alekhine:

Do you think analyzing with books is the best way of preparing before a tournament?

Nastassia:

I don’t think it is the best, but we can’t improve without it, because books are experience of all generations.

Alekhine:

What was the very first rating you achieved and in which tournament? I have a keen interest in knowing this because a week before, I went for a FIDE international rating tournament but didn’t achieve anything special… In your point of view, what could be the reason for this?

Nastassia:

My first rating was 1949, but I don’t remember, where I achieved it.

As for your situation, I can’t say something special, because I don’t know any details. But, I know, if you want anything very much, you will achieve it. Just continue going to your goal!

Alekhine:

What is the basic need for being a great chess player? (You can take your own example.)

Keen interest in this field or is it necessary to be perfect?

Nastassia:

You just need to be interested in this. And go to your goal! Not lay on a sofa, but do everything in your power! I am sure, Fortune will smile you!

Alekhine:

How can you prepare yourself well when you don’t have a coach?

Nastassia:

Books, computer and my own head will help me.

Alekhine:

Being a professional chess coach, how do you prepare your students? Has the idea ever crossed
your mind that you could have been anything else rather than a chess coach? (talking in terms
of financial, or family problems…)

Nastassia:

I’ll tell them everything I know about chess. As for future, I still don’t know exactly.

Thank you….. I hope you will continue further with the same spirit and fulfill all your dreams.
Alekhine…

Thank you! I’ll strive!!!

 


AVIJIT DAS:

Do you think a good chess player should be choosy in openings? I’ve seen some good players avoid

some openings, as some openings are a little advantageous to either white or black.

Nastassia:

I also rather choosy in openings. And, I think, it is right. But, as in everything, we should sober view of things and correctly assess the situation.

AVIJIT DAS:

Where do you see Chess 960 after 20 years? Between Traditional & Fischer Random Chess 960 what

type of chess do you like most & why?

Nastassia:

I prefer traditional chess, but both have their pros and cons.

AVIJIT DAS:

In a tremendous pressure situation how far can you calculate? Does it differ from a normal situation?

Nastassia:

Of course in difficult situation my calculation is little bit worse, but trainings help to do it better. So I improve it! As for depth, it depends on particular situation, need for deep calculation.

AVIJIT DAS: If you are given an option to play either 5 min Blitz or 1 hr rapid game with Magnus Carlsen, which

option would you choose & why?

Nastassia:

I would choose 1 hr game, because I consider, it will be more useful for me.

AVIJIT DAS:

From October 2008 to May 2010 I see a hop (increase) in your FIDE rating progress chart. Would you

share what preparation you took at that point which helped you?

Nastassia:

From my point of view, I understood how to use my received knowledge, also I became older and more experienced.

AVIJIT DAS:

Do you think Mood affects skill while playing chess?

Nastassia:

Yes, undoubtedly! However it’s in our power to concentrate on a game and play without extraneous emotions!

AVIJIT DAS:

Do you remember your best Draw at international level, or is there any draw that is more interesting
than some of your great Wins?

Nastassia:

It’s not so easy to answer your question! I prefer to benefit from every game, but don’t think about my great games.

AVIJIT DAS:

Do you like playing any other games to be physically fit?

Nastassia:

Yes, I am interested in many sports, but my favorite are ping-pong (table tennis) and billiards!

AVIJIT DAS:

Do you maintain a balanced diet to be physically fit?

Nastassia:

No! It is not for me!

AVIJIT DAS:

Would you like to be a Chess Coach or trainer in future?

Nastassia:

Yes, I think so! I like this profession, for me it is very interesting!

 

RAGINGBULL:

How do you prepare for a match?

Nastassia:

First of all I look through my opponent’s games. My following preparation depends on it. Of course I revise my openings and so on. It’s important don’t forget about physical form and good mood.

RAGINGBULL:

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

Nastassia:

Primarily you should have some choice in your openings and before game you may choose one of them depending on the opponent, the tournament situation and etc.

RAGINGBULL:

What are your top 3 favorite openings? And why?

Nastassia:

I never thought about it. It depends on many reasons. The same with music for me. I can listen almost everything except some songs and singers.

RAGINGBULL:

What are your top 3 favorite defenses? And why?

Nastassia:

My answer will be like previous. Many factors influence the choice of defense in particular moment.

RAGINGBULL:

Which openings and style of play best suit blitz?

Nastassia:

It depends only on you. Which of them you prefer, will be best for you. It’s individual question. Nobody except you knows the right answer.

RAGINGBULL:

I love sicilian defence….which variation is the sharpest for black in your opinion? Is it the Najdorf?

Nastassia:

As for me, I prefer to play Najdorf in sicilian defence.

NZT-48:

How many moves do you calculate ahead in a normal game?

Nastassia:

I calculate ahead as many moves as I need, because in many situations it’s better just assess the position and stop the calculation.

NZT-48:

As a young player who do you see as a role model for you?

Nastassia:

I would like to follow my own path and take the best from everybody with studying on others mistakes.

NZT-48:

Family support is very important for a chess player..
Who is your biggest supporter outside of your family?

Nastassia:

I can’t answer this question, because now I haven’t got very close friend, but I am sure that many people support me.

 

AWOLNATION:
How can I best improve my chess?

Nastassia:

It depends on your chess level. I think there is no limit for improvement in the calculation options, so you may solve some positions. Next stage is reading books for learning standard position techniques. Of course difficult to play without openings knowledge and you should improve it!

AWOLNATION:
Can you recommend a great book or DVD to study?

Nastassia:

I don’t know, what will be better for you, but almost every book will be useful. Just spend as much time as you can for improvement your skills!

AWOLNATION:

Do chess puzzles feature in part of your training and prep?

Nastassia:

I can’t imagine my trainings without chess puzzles.

AWOLNATION:

Do you play chess online, Do you have an account on chessrex.com ?

Nastassia:

Yes, I play chess online, but only since this year.

Unfortunately, I haven’t got account on chessrex.com for the time being.

HAL9000:
What are you looking for when you study your opponents games for preparation.

Nastassia:

Of course first of all I am looking for their openings. Other details aren’t so important.

HAL9000:

Who was your toughest opponent?

Nastassia:

I think that Almira Skripchenko. We played many games, and, despite of my good results, there were very difficult matches.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

What female Chess players were you aware of when you were growing up?

 

I often heard about sisters Polgar, they are really amazing chess players and good people.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

How do you think women will change Chess over the next 50 years?

Nastassia:

We will see it! I have no answer on this question. As in everything, we should just seek to goal, the result will followed by itself.
EXTREMEoverCAST:
Is there anything else that you would like to add or share with us?

Nastassia:

Chess is wonderful game! One has only to sit down at the board, as we dive into the fascinating world of struggle and confrontation! It seems to me that those who have ever played this game, all will love it and will play again and again! I want to wish you all good luck in mastering chess intricacies!

 


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Rising Chess Stars Series – Yelizaveta Orlova

 

Yelizaveta Orlova

Hey Everyone! My name is Yelizaveta Orlova — but you can just call me Liza!  I am 18 years old, and currently the 4th top Woman in Canada. I live in Toronto, Canada and have been living here for most of my life (15 years). My background is mostly Ukrainian, but I do have some Russian and Polish background. I was born in Odessa, Ukraine — every summer that is where I go! Right now, I am studying Business Administration at George Brown College. I will graduate in 2016. I am also trying to open up a chess club at my college, that will be fun! I have been playing chess professionally for about 8 years, and I do not plan to stop anytime soon. I have had many accomplishments in my life, but here is the list of the most important!
2012 Represented Canada at International Women’s  Rapid Championship at UNAM, Mexico
2012 Represented Canada at Women’s Olympiad
2011 Toronto Women’s Champion
2011 Women’s Canadian Championship, 3rd place
2011 Canadian Girls Under-18 Champion
2010 Toronto Women’s Champion
2010 Represented Canada at Women’s Olympiad
2010 Ontario Girls Under-16 Champion
2009 Ontario Girls Under-16 Champion
2008 9th place, World Youth Under-14 Girls Championship
2008 Canadian Girls Under-14 Champion
2008 Canadian Junior Girl Champion
2007 Canadian Girls Under-14 Champion
2006 Ontario Girls Grade 6 Champion
2006 Ontario Girls Under-12 Champion
2005 Canadian Girls Under-12 Champion
2005 Ontario Girls Under-12 Champion
2004 Ontario Girls Under-10 Champion

Ernesto: What Grand Masters have you researched and studied?
Liza: Ever since I was little, and especially when beginning chess, I was introduced to Garry Kasparov (who hasn’t?). My two all time favorite Grandmasters have to be Anatoly Karpov and Mikhail Tal. The reason why I am a huge Fan of Anatoly Karpov is because I have met him in real life about 3-4 times, and find him a very smart and intelligent person. Mikhail Tal, on the other hand, I did not meet (of course)–what always made me jealous was his attacking ambition, I would not be able to have such courage in a game of chess by sacrificing pieces all over the place. You need a lot of brain power and ambition to do so.
Ernesto: What mind set do you have when you train for a tournament or a big game?
Liza: I must admit that the past 4.5 years I have not trained for a single tournament. But I do not want to discourage people in studying. Before I stopped studying, I was lucky than most 13-year-olds, I had my father as my trainer. When I had a serious tournaments, we would go over my openings, and some tactical positions. Right now, especially since I will be playing in tournaments where there is only 1 game per day. I will be not only going over my openings, but as well, as prepping against my opponent each night. And, Of course, analyzing my previous games! I have a goal to accomplish before 2014, and I hope I will succeed!!

 


Ernesto: What chess player has given you the best advice on the game?
Liza:I would say that I have chess in my blood, my father and grandfather played chess. My Father during his time was almost an International Master, but one tournament he got 3rd in all of Ukraine, but only first and second places allowed you to go to the next top tournament, since then my dad has stopped playing professionally. My grandfather on the other hand was a  Master in United States. These were the two most important chess players in my life. My father can still help me in anyway he can, but my grandfather–sadly,  passed away in 2009.

Ernesto: What have you taken from another player that has improved your game?
Liza: I would say Bent Larsen, I love playing his opening system 1.b3! And I am fairly good at it!
Ernesto: At what age did you start playing chess?
Liza: My dad taught me at the age of 3 years old, by the age of 4 I was already playing chess games with my father. Sadly, I lost interest and only started playing at around 9 years old, but I’d say even closer to the age of 10.
Ernesto: Who are your biggest supporters?
Liza:The biggest supporters are my family. Both sides, My father’s side (The chess side). And my mother’s side (They give me moral support all the time!)

Ernesto: Are you a Baby Chess Monster( some one taught chess at a very early age)?
Liza: I would say yes, but I lost interest when I was 4 years old.
Ernesto: What would you like to change about the chess world if you feel there should be any changes made?
Ernesto: I’d say it would be great to see girls and women not losing interest! In the chess world, there are much more women than men! Why?

Liza: I try hard to promote Women’s Chess by traveling all around the world and updating my new blog!

Ernesto: Is there any thing else that you’d like to share with us?
Liza: Very soon I’d like to  maybe try a chess modelling campaign.. this is just a thought, but I think it might be a good idea! Also, this year I will be playing in couple of international tournaments so It would be great if you can support me by visiting (and liking) my Facebook page and also checking out my website once in awhile, I always put some chess news about me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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