Anna Muzychuk Interview

 

 

 

Anna Olegivna Muzychuk (born February 28, 1990, Lviv) is a Slovenian chess player of Ukrainian origin. She earned the title of Woman FIDE Master
in 2001, Woman International Master in 2002, Woman Grandmaster in 2004, International Master in 2007 and Grandmaster in 2012.
In 2004 she became a member of the Slovenian chess federation, where she is the strongest female chess player. She had been the second highest
rated female player in the world in September 2012.As of February 2013 on Fide World Ranking she is ranked number 4 in the world in Womens Chess
with a std. rating of 2582, rapid.rating of 2566 and a blitz rating of 2639.

Muzychuk has played on first board for the Slovenian team since 2004. In the 36th Chess Olympiad, she defeated, among others, the former Women’s
World Chess Champion, GM Antoaneta Stefanova. In the 37th Chess Olympiad for the Slovenian women’s team, seeded 17th, she finished tenth.

In 2010 she played in the Corus chess tournament Group B, finishing 10th with a score of 5½/13 and a performance of 2583.

 

EXTREMEoverCAST:
At the age of 22 Ranked # 1 in National, # 2 in Continent and # 4 in World ranking.
you have a great potential to become the champion in a few years.
What does it feel like to be ranked so close to number 1 in the world?

Anna:

Of course it is a very good feeling to know that you are so successful in your profession.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Considering that a good part of your rating comes from male players…
How does it feel like to have to enter the lions den for rating and come out victorious?

Anna:

In my opinion the part of my rating that I get from male players is not that big. I play female tournament much more often. But of course there are also tournaments where I face only men players. This is basically not for rating but for getting experience.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

In some tournaments you are the only woman playing. Do you see this as an advantage as far
as a psychological effect on the male players that might be too worried to be the first to lose to the only woman in the competition?

Anna:

Yes, I have played in such tournaments where I was the only women player. I cannot say that it was an advantage or disadvantage and I don’t think that men in this situation are very worried about losing. We are already adults and professionals. It is not like in some children tournament when boys are really disappointed about losing to a girl. But ok, maybe I am not completely right. You should ask men about their feelings regarding this question.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Is there extra pressure for you being a high rated woman playing in tournaments against men?

Anna:

I don’t have this pressure as when I am playing a round robin men tournament then it is usually very strong and in spite of me being a high rated women player, I am among the lower rated in that men event.

EXTREMEoverCAST:

What Active female players do you follow?

Anna:

I try to follow all the top women players as I have to play with them quite often in the women tournaments of the highest level.

 

 

Alekhine:

Hello ma’am, sending you the heartiest greetings on behalf of ChessRex… Truly, we spend here such a long time that it is no less than our second home….. Thanks a lot for sharing your precious time with our Rex family. I hope you would enjoy answering our questions.
When did you get to know that chess is your true talent and that you can go far in this field? Who encouraged you to play chess?

Anna:

I started to play chess very early. My parents told me about the game when I was just 2 years old. By the age of 3, I already knew all the chess rule and could play a normal chess game. I started to win the tournaments among children of my age very quickly. When I was 6, I became the European champion among girls U8, so I think at this time it was already seen that I have a talent for chess.

Alekhine:

Were your parents supportive for you from the very beginning of your chess carrier?

Anna:

Obviously yes. For quite a long time both of my parents were my only coaches. I must say that of course they are also the chess players. Moreover, they were both graduated from Lviv State University of Physical Culture, chess specialty, so they also know how to teach chess professionally.

Alekhine:

Did you hire a coach or you took it yourself? And if you took a coach, at which age?

Anna:

As I have mentioned, my parents were my coaches from the very beginning. Later on from time to time I worked with other coaches. I think I had my first other coach when I was 11.

Alekhine:

Which was the very first opening that you learned?

Anna:

It is very difficult to remember. I was too young at that time and I don’t think it was already some opening. Maybe just some first moves.

Alekhine:

If you would get an option to choose between a knight and a bishop, which one would you choose and why?

Anna:

Depends on the position.

Alekhine:

It is believed by many great players that bishops are helpful for endgames, but it is also true that ‘A KNIGHT CAN CHANGE THE GAME’, what are your beliefs about this?

Anna:

I still think that it depends on the position. You cannot say generally if the knight or the bishop is better. Both of the pieces are evaluated equally in chess but depending on the other chess factors (pawn structure, the set up of the other pieces etc..) one of them can be better.

Alekhine:
What was the very first rating that you achieved and in which tournament? What was your age at that time?

Anna:

I got my first rating when I was 11. If I am not mistaken it was 2197. As I remember it was needed to play 25 or 30 rated games to get the rating, so I could not get it only after 1 tournament. But I think the last of these tournaments was European Women Championship, after that I became a rated player.

Alekhine:
Whom do you consider your toughest opponent whom you have faced till now? What was the result of the match?

Anna:

I think I cannot name one special player. The usual situation is that the higher rated the player is the more problem you have to face over the board. For the moment I can say that is really difficult to play against the best men players, like who are over 2700.

Alekhine:

Sir Garry Kasparov once said, ” MEN ARE SUPERIOR THAN WOMEN IN EVERY STAGE”..What are your beliefs about this?

Anna:

From one point of view he is right, of course. For more than 20 years Mr.Kasparov was the best player in the planet and no woman was so close to his level. Also now looking at the rating lists we can see that men are dominating. The only difference is that this phrase cannot belong to all men and women. Let’s say that some woman and some man player has the same level of strength (the same rating), then why should the man be better?

Higginator:

Anna, if you had the opportunity would you Enter a World Championship “Fischer Random Chess 960” …(or like that Last one held …Chess960*) tournament ??

Anna:

I know about this kind of chess, though I have never played any tournaments of Chess 960. The World Chess 960 Championships were organized but now we don’t have them. If once they will be organized again, I think I would consider about taking part in it. Why not?

Higginator:

I’m trying to Play all the FRC960 Starting Positions from #000-959 OTB…its taken a few ChessYears already to complete 215 SP”s and against the same Player in 5min Sudden Death Games as we are Playing both the Lighter and Darker Piece’s so that’s 1920 Games in total to Play….Do you know any One that has Played all the Starting Position’s Over the Board ?? thanks Anna for your Time!

Anna:

I have never thought about that and never asked anyone but I don’t think that someone has tried to play all the positions. It looks like it really takes a lot of time and I am not sure that it will be so useful. I think it will be more reasonable to train chess skills and try to better as a chess player as after some moves of FRC960 you already get some position which by structure is similar to some opening in normal chess. So, the more you know in chess, the better chess player you are the better you will play FRC960. This is just my opinion, maybe I am not completely right. We will be able to check it if Fischer chess becomes more popular. But as we can see from the very popular Festival in Mainz which was including World 960 Championships among men and women, a great general open and also a computer tournament, the winners were the players who are very good in normal chess.

 

 

RAGINGBULL:

At what moment did you realize that chess would become your profession?

Anna:

The point is that every player has one important moment when actually he chooses between becoming a professional in chess or some other work. For me it was in the age of 18. I came to top 10 among women and at this moment I realized that I would be a chess professional.

RAGINGBULL:

What does a coach actually do?

Anna:

From the very beginning the coach has to make the child being interested in the game. Then if he likes it, they start with some elementary aspects of chess.

RAGINGBULL:

Carlson takes his father everywhere with him, who travels with you as your rock?

Anna:

When I was younger, I also used to traveling with my parents. But now mainly I am traveling alone.

RAGINGBULL:

What chess magazines could you recommend?

Anna:

For English speaking people I can recommend New In Chess. It is quite interesting reading the comments of the top rated chess players.

RAGINGBULL:

what great chess player have you met who is retired, but passed on some wisdom to you? and what was that wisdom?

Anna:

I am very glad that I have met and played against Victor Korchnoi and Nona Gaprindashvili. They are very impressive with their enormous energy and interest to chess.

RAGINGBULL:

I’m trying to teach my 6 year old nephew using various books, puzzles etc, any advice on how I could do this better?

Anna:

It is important for such young players to solve different puzzles as you do but try always to keep interest with this. At this period children like to play games. It will be nice if your nephew could attend some local club and play games with the kids of her age.

RAGINGBULL:

Please be kind enough to name your most glorious win, and your most frustrating defeat.

Anna:

It is easier with the first part. I think my really great game is still to come but from the last games I like my win over GM Sasikiran (Sasikiran-Muzychuk, 2012). About the defeat it is not so easy as almost every losing game makes me being quite sad.

Higgie:

Do you have any Youtube Video’s that we could Check out ?

Anna:

There are some vidoes of me in Youtube. I think you can just type my name there to get them.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=anna+muzychuk&oq=anna+muzychuk&gs_l=youtube.3..0.341.4901.0.5405.13.8.0.5.5.0.115.506.7j1.8.0…0.0…1ac.1.yJ48ulCEUTE

Higgie:

As Chess has evolved over the Years …..and within the Fischer Random Starting Positions The Initial Traditional Start Position is just One of many that make Chess960 so Exciting to Play ….were do you see Chess evolving for the coming ChessYears Anna ??

Anna:

For me it is still very interesting to play normal chess. Of course, it has evolved and this will continue but the game is still very interesting with many “undiscovered” ideas.

Higgie:

Some Say “there’s no ” Luck ” in Chess…what do you think is there Luck* in Chess?? Thank you Anna and Good Chess*ing for the ChessFuture …. …… …..!!!!!

Anna:

I think that the term of “luck” can be different and have a lot of meanings. For example under “luck” we can understand winning a losing or bad position, getting a “comfortable” opponent, guessing correctly the line that your opponent will play, being invited to some tournament and so on…

 

 

AVIJIT DAS:
Magnus Carlsen once in an interview said “young players are often not good at defending a position, they cannot cope well when fate turns against them.”…. Madam, do you agree to this statement? What is your own opinion about young players?

Anna:

I think Magnus is right about this. When we are young we prefer to attack rather than defending, also the psychology is not so strong, so one very bad result in the tournament when you are young can ruin all your wishes to play chess.

AVIJIT DAS:

Would you consider Fried Liver Attack as one of the fantastic openings? Why?

Anna:

The Fried Liver Attack is very interesting. I played it as White when I was very young. Recently after 4.Ng5 Black does not play 4…d5, so it seems quite dangerous.

AVIJIT DAS:

Generally what do you prefer, attacking chess or defensive chess?

Anna:

Generally I am more as an attacking player.

AVIJIT DAS:
Madam, do you think women are strongly underrepresented in chess at the top levels? Please share your opinion with us..!!

Anna:

I think that yes. There are much more men players in all levels. This is probably one of the reasons why the top players are mainly men.

AVIJIT DAS:
Mam, I strongly believe women have the better teaching qualities than men , I have many reasons behind my belief, you might differ with me but I want to know what do you believe? Would you please share your thoughts on this, with us ?

Anna:

I cannot be so sure, cannot approve this and cannot decline. I think it is more about the person and his/her skills in teaching and communicating with the person you teach.

AVIJIT DAS:

Very recently GM Hikaru Nakamura said “Not much you can do in chess when your opponent decides to play like a boss”…Do you agree with that ?

Anna:

As I remember this phrase appeared after the game Nakamura-L’Ami. Did Hikaru means that Black played too solid in that game?

AVIJIT DAS:

If you have to choose three best Woman Grand Masters of current time who would you choose and why?

Anna:

I will not name the players as I am one of the top female players, so it might not be objective. Better to ask this question some of top men players.

AVIJIT DAS:

You are the 4rth highest rated female player in the world in January 2013 & all your fans here at ChessRex believe that some day you will become the Champion..Do you also believe this ?

Anna:

Surely, I do. Otherwise it would be strange.

AVIJIT DAS:

How do you see this interview from ChessRex ? I mean if you are to describe (or Criticize ) in few words how would you explain ?

Anna:

I can say that I like it. It is the first time that I answer  questions that not only come from one person but when different people can ask what they are interested about.

 

EXTREME:
What’s the difference between a men’s chess tournament and women’s tournament besides the fact that in one you are sometimes the only woman?

Anna:

I think that the difference is only in the level. When I play in a strong men tournament, the rating of my opponents is higher.

EXTREME:

What you have accomplished does not just happen by chance…. Can you give us a glimpse at the discipline, focus and hard work that it takes to play at the level you are in?

Anna:

Of course, this requires a lot of time and many years of trainings but it is not impossible.

EXTREME:

Have you ever played a younger player and said to your self I’d better watch out for this one in the future?

Anna:

Sometimes it happened. Sometimes not only with the player you played but if you just see that he/she is very young and played good in some tournament.

EXTREME:

What is it like being one of the youngest in the group of top 5 women chess players in the world?

Anna:

Actually when you start playing a women’s events you don’t think about age so much. Let’s say I don’t feel the difference when you are 20 or 30. Just if you are younger you know that you still have a lot of time in chess.

EXTREME:

What is it like being a Chess Star in Slovenia?

Anna:

I don’t feel like I am Chess Star in Slovenia. Maybe it is because I am still living in Ukraine. But I am proud to be one of the top female players.

EXTREME:

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Anna:

I would like to thank all people for their question and wish all the best to all of you!

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Muzychuk

http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=14111330

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Muzychuk/101608153213223

The Spirit of War Knight

The Spirit of War Knight.

 

 

 

Spirited Robert James Fischer quotes;

“I like them (Soviet chess players) a lot.  The way they play just suits me.  It’s sharp, attacking, full of fighting spirit.” –
interview with a Russian reporter, New York 1958

“I think my subconscious mind is working on it (chess) all the time.  Even when I’m not playing or studying, I sit down at the board and get a
lot of new ideas.  Things are coming to me all the time.” -1968

“I win my games not with the help of some kind of spells, but much more simply; I arrive, I sit  down at the board and…I win!”
– Palma de Mallorca, 1970

When asked what his greatest pleasure in chess was, Fischer responded, “Crushing the other guy’s ego.  I like to see ‘em squirm.”
– Dick Cavett interview 1971

Alina Kashlinskay Interview

 

 

Hi everyone! My name is Alina Kashlinskaya. I was born in Moscow on  October 28, 1993. I have a big family which includes my parents, brother, 2 cats and 1 dog. 10
When I was a kid I used to do a lot of different things like playing chess, dancing, learning foreign languages, playing tennis, swimming, horseback riding and when I was six years old I also started to go to school. I liked my schedule very much, I had no time for being bored and that was really cool emo.But just a few months later I felt that I had no time to make progress everywhere. And I had to make a decision between dancing and chess – 2 things which I liked most of all and where I had some success. And as you can guess, I’ve chosen chess. So, from the age of 6 years my chess career started and till now I can’t imagine my life without chess. My first coach was Liudmila Zaitseva. In 2002 I played my first Russian Chess Championship G-10 and failed there. So, I got  good motivation to train harder and in 2003 with help of my new coach Vladimir Vulfson I won this Russian Chess Championship G-10. That was a great success for me! And I was so happy when I managed to take the second place in the European Chess Championship G-10. In this tournament I had to show my character, because I had to win 5 last games in a row and I did it! emo And I also took two second places in the Rapid and Blitz European Championships G-10. At the age of 13 I became the youngest Women International Master in Europe. In 2006 I changed my school and my coach, because I was invited to a special sport college where we used to live, train chess and study. Our coaches were Sergey Arkhipov and Valery Chekhov. At the age of 15 I achieved the title of the Women Chess Grandmaster and at that time I was the youngest chess player who had it. In 2008 I changed my school for the third (and the last) time and I also changed my coach. So far my coach is Sergey Dolmatov. 2010 and 2011 were quite successful years for me.Olympiad 2010 in Khanty-Mansiisk I also took the second place on my board. In 2010 I took the second place in the Russian Chess Championship (G-20). I also took part in the match Russia-China, where I managed to show a good result and help our team to win. Our team was: Nadezhda Kosintseva, Valentina Gunina, Anastasia Bodnaruk and me. In the same year I participated in the Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiisk (2010) as a member of the team Russia-2 with other Russian girls (Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Anastasia Bodnaruk and Anastasia Savina). In 2011 I also played in the Russian Chess Championship G-20, but this time I took only the third place. From 2011 I started to play for the Moscow Chess Team SHSM-RGSU (from this year – 2012 –  it is called “SHSM-NASHE NASLEDIE) and first time I played for this team we managed to win the Russian Club Championship and I took the first place on my board. In the European Club Cup in 2011 I also took the first place on my board. The other members of team were (and are) Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Marina Romanko and Olga Girya. From 2012 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Anastasia Savina and Varvara Saulina are also playing for our team. In 2011 I won the IX Marx Gyorgy Memorial Women GM Round Robin Tournament and fulfilled the second norm of IM. In 2011 I took the second place in the World Chess Championship G-18. And finally I won the Russian Women’s Blitz Cup. In 2011 I graduated from school with all “5” and with a medal and since 2011 I am a student of psychology in the Russian Social State University. In 2012 I took the second place in the individual competition and the third place with Russian Team in the World University Chess Championship. In December 2012 I took part in a very interesting chess match called “ Snowdrops-Old Hands’’ and I even managed to win some games against the chess legends! emo

 

 

EXTREME:
You’ve been in a unique position, having met a number of the worlds top Chess Players.
Could you tell us who made the best impression on you based on your experience with them?

Alina:

Nice question, but it’s not so easy to answer itemo The majority of top chess players are very interesting, intelligent and open-hearted. It is hard for me to single somebody out.

EXTREME:

At age 15 you were the youngest Woman Grand Master at the time.
http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/15-chess-news/3757-russian-15-year-old-is-wgm-at-15-years.html..
What type of attention did this get you and how did it change your life?

Alina:

You know, it was so funny, when I was a child (and I must admit, that sometimes I have the same thing even now) and I had some goals in chess, I thought that after achieving my aim I’ll be the happiest person in the World  emoWhen I became the youngest Woman Grand Master in Europe, I was really very happy, but I realized that the most important part of my chess career will be further. So, I just got more motivation to train harder to achieve higher results. I wouldn’t say that my life has  changed a lot after that, except that from that time on some people presented  me as “The Youngest Woman Grand Master” emo

EXTREME:

Growing up and training to become a strong chess player did you ever notice that you might view the world in a different way than others
that did not play chess?

Alina:

Well, everybody views the world in a different way. But in general, I’ve never noticed thatemoAnd I am not only a chess player. First of all I am a normal girl, a student, a daughter, a sister and so on. Of course, chess takes one of the most important places in my life, but it is not the sole.

AWOLNATION:
Most people play chess for fun and not a in the serious and dedicated environment as a Grandmaster would.
What do you do for fun when you are not playing chess?

Alina:

A lot of things! I am studying at the University and usually I enjoy it emo .Especially when it is not some test or exam emo Almost every day (of course when I am in Moscow) I go to the fitness club. Generally I have almost the same life, which everybody has: I spend time with my family, meet with my friends, read books, watch movies, visit theaters and museums, listen to the music.

AWOLNATION:

What other talents do you have apart from the skills that make you a great chess player?

Alina:

It is hard to say about your own talents. I believe only in one talent: to be able to work hard.

AWOLNATION:

We like to play this http://vimeo.com/4667800 Modest Mouse video on chessrex.com What types of music do you like ?
Would you share your favorite Vimeo.com video with us so we may play it on our chat?

Alina:

Thanks for the link, AWOLNATION! I liked it emo I can listen to all types of music and usually my choice depends on my mood. I studied to play  piano for 6 years, but then I had to stop, because I’d been invited to a special chess college, where we lived for 5 days a week, so I just had no time for that. And without practice I have forgotten almost everything and now I regret a lot, that I didn’t play at least in the weekends. Today I want to share with you this music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ESB1rZs5wA. It’s Beethoven Fur Elise, one of my favorite melodies emo

 

 

Finehas:

For you, who has been the greatest chess player of all time? And Why?
Alina:
My favorite chess player of all time is Vassily Smyslov. I like his style of playing, it always seems that his pieces are on the right places and that everything is in harmony. He was not only a chess legend, but a great opera singer and just a very interesting person, in my opinion.

Finehas:

What is your opinion on Robert Fischer’s game and style?

Alina:

His style is mostly universal, I think. Of course, Robert Fischer was a great chess player and it’s hard not to agree that he was  unique, he had  huge talent and he worked hard on chess. He played ahead of his time. Chess was his life. As he admitted: “I give 98 percent of my mental energy to Chess. Others give only 2 percent.”

By the way, soon I’ll play in the Reykjavik Open and hope that I’ll manage to visit his grave.

Finehas:

What did you think of the last World Championship between Anand and Gelfand? Too little fight?

Alina:

Yes, there is an opinion that the last World Championship between Anand and Gelfand was not that exciting as the World Championship should be. But it’s always very easy to say when you are watching games and especially when you switch on Houdini.emo As for spectators the majority of classical games were not so exciting as they could be, but still there were a lot of interesting ideas and moves in every game. And about tie-breaks… It was just breathtaking and definitely you can’t say that too little fight was there emo.

Don Clavito:

Greetings Miss Alina,

Do you believe that with the years a chess player changes style even so being a Grand Master?

Alina:

Yes, I guess so. And I think that sometimes it happens spontaneously just because of the age, experience and so on, but sometimes chess players try to change their style deliberately.

Don Clavito:

When you participate in a tournament, after you have made your move do you, walk around, see other matches, or things like that?

Alina:

Just when I started playing chess and till, maybe, 2 years ago I was completely sure, that it is better if you are not doing things like walking around, watching other matches and so on, because I thought that it influences on your concentration and after that you’ll need some time to make your thoughts back to the game. So, I was sitting during all the games and didn’t look aside. But then suddenly I realized that there can be another opinion about that: while walking you are relaxing and give your mind some rest, and the most important thing is that you can have a fresh look. So, yes, now sometimes I do walk and see other matches, especially if it is team’s championships. But not too much .emo

Don Clavito:

Do you come from a family of chess players and they influenced your taste for the game?

Alina:

My father used to play when he was a child and it was like a hobby for him. He even took part in some chess tournaments. He enjoyed spending time playing and analyzing chess games, but he never considered himself  a professional chess player. And my mum, well, she knows the rules of playing chess. emo

My parents were the first people who showed me chess and explained rules of the game. And I am very grateful to them for it. emo
Thanks for your kindness in answering our questions, and keep improving in your game.

Alina:

Thanks for your interesting question and your kind wishes, Don Clavito emo

 

HAL9000:

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

Alina:

Usually I try not to pay attention to the strength of my opponent. I am just playing chess. With stronger opponents I am just more careful with the openings and with time, because I like to think a lot during the games, that’s why I am fairly often in time trouble during a game and in case I am playing with stronger opponent this fact could be crucial. But I guess that I should be careful with such things playing with any opponent. emo

HAL9000:

How would you describe your play style?
Alina:
It’s hard to say as I am still searching my style. The only thing I can say is that I prefer active positional play. I have a lot of drawbacks which I try to eradicate, but I also have some positives. If you are interested in what style I have, you can always find my games and find the answer there .emo

Higginator:

G’day, Chess has been around for a few Years now! …..Other Over The Board games Come and Go!
Why do you think that Chess has remained so Active as a Board Game?

Alina:

Hello, Higginator! emo Probably because chess is a really very interesting game? emo

Higginator:

Do you think Chess Should remain Variant free and keep it as pure as possible?

Alina:

Of course, I believe that chess should be an honest sport, as pure as possible, free from unfair fight, including cheating. Thanks to ACP, the organization which is trying to solve this problem!

puffin:

To me the essence of chess is calculating during the middle game. I can’t do this
in fast games. Any starting clock 1 hour or less is not even chess to me. But you’ve
had great success in fast games by winning the 2011 Russian Women’s Blitz Cup So,.. what do think about fast chess games?

Alina:

At some point I can agree with you. When we are playing rapid or blitz, it’s more the question of concentration during the game. And exactly in rapid and blitz you feel the difference between levels of playing. But I also have to add that often games are finished not logically as they should have been finished if we played a classical game. And as far as I am concerned, I’ve never considered rapid or blitz being the level of serious classical chess. I like to play in blitz and rapid competitions, it gives me pleasure and adrenaline,  but the real chess – it is certainly a game of chess with classical time controls.

 

EXTREMEoverCAST:

With your background in psychology and your vast knowledge of the game… What side of the brain
do you think enjoys chess more or what side is in control when we play chess?

Alina:

Interesting question! emo
As far as you probably know, the right hemisphere of the brain tends to view information as a whole, rather than as individual details. It also tends to process information more intuitively or randomly. And the left side of the brain processes information more logically or sequentially. And usually the left hemisphere plays a major role in the analysis of information.
So, while playing chess both of the hemispheres are working, but maybe, I am not sure that I am right, the style of playing chess is somehow connected to which side of our brain is working more. emo

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Being a BabyChessMonster (I call those that were trained to play chess at a very early age) …
You started to play chess at the age of 5, did you ever feel addiction to the game or pressure
to perform?

Alina:

First of all, I should correct you a bit, because when I was 5 years old I didn’t even know that such game as chess existed emo So, I started to play chess when I was 6. I’ve never had any pressure while playing, like some children have from their parents, coaches, etc. There is democracy in our family emo So, if I just wanted to stop playing chess I could do that. But I didn’t see any reason for doing that. I fell in love with chess and I think that it is for  life now emo.There was only one tough moment 2 years ago, when I was close to giving up playing chess. In the last school year I had to make a decision and to choose the University and then I realized that it would be really hard (if not impossible) to mix active playing chess and good study and to be honest, I thought that maybe I should prefer a good education. I’ve almost finished playing chess…for 2-3 months. But then I just played in one tournament and that was enough for me to understand, that I just can’t live without chess. Chess is really kind of a drug, if you started to play, it’s hard to stop. Now I am also a student, but I am very thankful to the Russian Social State University, which gives me the opportunity to continue training and playing chess!

EXTREMEoverCAST:

When you were just 16 what was it like playing men in chess and beating them in a game that they dominate?

Alina:

Actually I started playing with men much earlier. Since I was 7 years old I played in a lot of the tournaments with older men and in the future I mixed both playing with men and with women. I think that it’s necessary to play with men especially in the young age to improve your level.
And beating them in a game it’s a very nice feeling, showing that a young girl can be stronger than an adult man! emo

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Chess is a Universal game that many people all over the world love to play.
But Sadly many never get to play it because of educational resources and dispositions.
What would you say to those countries or learning institutions that outlaw or put a ban on playing chess?

Alina:

It’s really a pity that such situations exist in the World. To be honest, I don’t see any reason in banning  playing chess. The only problem which some people who would like to play chess can face is financial problems to have a coach or to play in tournaments, because chess isn’t usually supported as much as other kinds of sport are. But I am pretty sure that even if some problems like that appear, a person who loves chess and dedicates all himself to it, should find a way to play. emo

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Are there any projects that you are working on that you would like to us to help you promote?

Alina:

I have my website www.kashlinskaya.ru, where you can follow the most important events in my life and in chess. But unfortunately it is only in Russian. So if you are interested, either you should learn Russian or you can follow my chess page on facebook, which is on English:  http://www.facebook.com/THECHESSGIRL , which has been first created as a page of popularizing chess, but from January the goal of that page changed and now it is kind of my own diary with a lot of photos! emo

EXTREMEoverCAST:

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Alina:

I would like to thank you all for your interesting questions. I wish all chess fans good luck and success in life and in chess. Play chess, enjoy it and be happy.
Sincerely yours, Alina Kashlinskaya emo

 

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