Abigail Romero Woman FIDE Master Interview

 

EXTREME:

How often do you study a new opening?

Abigail:
I got used to studying a new opening every time that I study a Masters games, like general culture, but I add a new opening in a period of 6 months, some times more than that, because it requires hard study and time to practice.

EXTREME:

What do you think is more important to study most of all; The Opening, Middle or Endgame?

Abigail:
Well all of them are important, since I was a child I have dedicated more time to endgame, I remember a phrase that says, play opening like books, middle game as a magician and endgame as a machine.

EXTREME:

What was your latest tournament and your best game in it?

Abigail:
My latest tournament was a national team championship thank God, I won in my board and the same in the team score we won, I had another in Cuba 2 months ago, Capablanca in memoriam international tournament, my best game was one that I played in round 2, I didn’t know that my opponent was a GM and I played, thanks God I won, when I checked the rating list I couldn’t believe it. It was a hard match.

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?

Abigail:

That’s a good question, I saw them like idols but when you met them they are totally friendly, and many of them like to analyze a position if you played with them, my best impression is the humble and simplicity they are. And I think that is the base of success.

 

 

Higgie:

How do you prepare to face an opponent before a tournament?

Abigail:
I prepare two months earlier, Its better in that way I think, because you prepare yourself , you can dedicate your time mainly to strengthen your openings, look for new plans in the middle game and study possible endgame. Making the tournament just an opportunity to enjoy.

Higgie:

Why did you choose chess as a career, And what other career are you interested in?

Abigail:
I like chess because it’s my life, I feel it in my blood, its something that you know you are born to do , and I am trying to combine with architecture, it is the career that I have chosen in the university, I really like it, and I always make it like chess. I could say that chess helps me to imagine causes of the calculation we have to do in variants when we are playing.

Higgie:

Who have been your toughest opponents, and why?

Abigail:
In a tournament like Capablanca in Memoriam you have toughest opponents all the time, you’ve never know when you have to play against Grand Masters, a game with GM Kristansen Jens was hard. Because you might miss some movements that your opponent knows and sometimes you feel insecure about those thoughts.

Don Clavito:

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

Abigail:
I think it depends on your personality and if you feel secure maybe I’m wrong but, I think if you are a person whom likes to attack, you cannot feel good in a passive position. So you may decide what kind of play you like the most.

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?

Abigail:
Yes, not so often but I used to do that, trying to make my brain breathe, keeping the position in my mind, and trying to observe what’s news in other tables, maybe there are more interesting positions. Or maybe just a walk to renew or organize my ideas.

 

 

AWOLNATION:

Do you play music while you study chess or do you like complete silence ? We like to play this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPhnOKmhbBw Modest Mouse video on chessrex.com .

Abigail:
No, I prefer the silence to study chess, I think concentration help to analyze.

AWOLNATION:
Would you share your favorite Vimeo.com or youtube video with us so we may play it on our chat?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_U6iSAn_fY one of my favorite songs.

AWOLNATION:

Which do you prefer, bishop or knight during the end game?

Abigail:
Bishop, in a better position obviously.
AWOLNATION:

Who do you think was better in his prime, Kasparov or Fischer?

Abigail:
Hard question, I like both of them, I think I’m feeling inclined towards Fischer. He made a revolution in chess, many of his requirements are implemented now. He is a big legend.
HAL9000:

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

Abigail:
Is not easy to consider one most important than other, because that’s the reason why your opponent is stronger, so I calm down, and be secure of what I studied, trained before the tournament, and let the knowledge flow. Most of the time I consider the tactics in the position.

HAL9000:
How would you describe your play style?

Abigail:
Big percentage Positional.

HAL9000:

What is your favorite place that chess has taken you to in your travels?

Abigail:
It’s a dream when I remember, I prefer places that are so hidden maybe because I think I’m the only person who knows hahaha… One of them is in Cienfuegos Cuba, I trained there in 2009, I visited a hidden beach, and it was so amazing, I thanks God who gave me the opportunity to know it and I’ll never forget , the sun was in the right angle that makes the sea  an emerald color shining in front of me, and behind me there was  a big tree that made me feel a hug, that’s why I call it like a dream.

HAL9000:

What kind of chess board do you have at home?

Abigail:
I have one that I bought in chess Olympiad, not like a Staunton but I like it.
EXTREME over CAST:
Chess is a Universal game that many people all over the world love to play.
But Sadly many of them never get to play it because of educational resources and willingness.
What would you say to those countries or learning institutions that outlaw or put a ban on playing chess?

Abigail:
Many things I cannot say, I’m studying because I like my career, and it took much of time that’s the reason why I have to combine it with chess, for example the university is one of the institutions that they do not put chess in a higher position, I’m fighting against that kind of thought, I always say that sports are a school of life, so chess has a valuable addition. Chess players need a consideration, we represent our countries in a contest that consume the person not only mentally even more physically, so the institutions might support us. We need to improve a chess conscience, and chess culture.

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

Abigail:
Yes, as I said, I would like that people of my country consider chess like an important sport, and give it time to know of it.

EXTREME over CAST:
Is there anything that you would like to add?

Abigail:
Thanks God many things you can know in travels, many people that become your close friends even if they live so far from you, I mean winning is important but it’s not all, playing chess is a compendium of many details, the point of success is enjoy and do your best, do what you know to do, play chess, breath chess.

 

I want to thank the Commission for woman’s chess of FIDE (WOM) because they added me on a project “Rumbo a la Gran Maestría” by IM Martha Fierro who is a great person, chess player and friend. It’s a great experience and I’m so grateful to train with GM Carlos García Palermo, GM Alonso Zapata, GM Victor Moskalenko. I thank MF Arnaldo Valdes for being my couch since I was 15.

 


 

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