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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Deimante Daulyte Interview



Deimante Daulyte was born in Siauliai, Lithuania on the February 22, 1989.

Deimante began playing chess at the age of seven, when her father taught her the game.
Soon after began attending the Dubysa Sports School for chess .
She has been coached by Renata Turauskiene, Sergei Petuchovskis, IM Gediminas Rastenis and IM Vaidas Sakalauskas

Became the second Woman Grandmaster in Lithuanian in 2009 and is a national team member.
(the first, endowed with WGM is Šiauliai Victoria Cmilyte ).

In 2007, graduated from Šiauliai Julius Janonis high school .
2007 – 2011, Siauliai University majoring in Faculty of Humanities – Bachelor studies.
2012- Mykolas Romeris University, European Union Policy and Administration- Master studies.

During her career she has defeated Lithuanian international grandmaster chess champion Sarunas Sulskis .
In 2006. – International Women Master ( Eng. Woman International Master , WIM).
In 2009. – International Women Grandmaster ( Eng. Woman Grand Master , WGM)


What’s your preferred opening, and why?
I like attacking style and aggressive openings, so my favourite ones are Sicilian Dragon and Gruenfeld for black.


When did you start playing Chess? Did your Parents inspire you to become a Professional Chess player?
I started playing chess when I was 7 years old. My father showed me the rules, but my parents have never forced me to play chess.


Do you think a good chess player should be choosy in openings? I have seen some good players in different sites avoid some openings, as some openings are little advantageous to either white or black pieces.
Everybody has his own style, some chess players prefer sharp lines, some others enjoy positional play and try to avoid concrete lines. I believe that a professional chess player must be good in both, tactics and positional play. Moreover, everybody chooses a certain strategy for every game depending on their opponents and goals.


What do you prefer most, Blitz games, Bullet games or long time day games, and why?
I enjoy playing chess in the different time controls, but I like long games most, because I can prepare for the game, and I have enough time to think during the game.


If I request you to name three Women Grand Masters of all time, who do you choose?
Nona Gaprindashvili., Judit Polgar,and Hou Yifan.


Which one is your best “Draw” game in international level and why would like to remember that game?
One of the most memorable draws for me was against GM V. Burmakin from Russia in the open of Cappelle la Grande in 2010. It was a difficult rook endgame, I was slightly worse but I managed to make a draw in a very nice way with the idea of the rook sacrifice!


Is there any International game where you have recovered from bad position and ultimately you won the game? As we know in tough situation it’s very difficult to recover.
Yes, there were many games where I was worse and I managed to win, and vice versa Chess is a very difficult game, and people make mistakes, so even if the position looks bad there is always a chance to survive The most important thing is not to give up but try to create as many problems for the opponent as possible.


“Beauty and brains are unlikely to be found in one place.” Do you think you have proved that statement wrong?
I don‘t really think it was me who proved that this statement is wrong. There are many pretty and strong chess players in the world! So I believe that beauty and intelligence can be combined


What physical sport do you do to stay fit?
I enjoy doing different kind of sports- mostly aerobics, jogging, and swimming. I also like riding the bicycle.


People say that chess players do not need physical fitness ……healthy mind stays in healthy body
…but they say that other games we need to exercise a lot and in chess people just have to sit and think ….do you agree with this comment on the game?
No, I disagree. I think that it is very important for the chess players to be physically well prepared in order to stay fresh all game long. It is difficult to keep concentration after several hours of playing. If you do sport, you form your stamina and you can expect better results in chess.


When training for a tournament how do you prepare your mind for the stress and pressures of the challenge?
Well, I don‘t have any special preparation for that. I just try to be focused during the game and not to be too nervous, but it is very difficult sometimes, especially if I have an important game.


What chess programs do you use when not training against an opponent from your team?
I use the same programs as other chess players- Chessbase, Houdini, etc.


If you feel it is right to reveal it… what are your weaknesses and strengths on the board at this point in your career?
I think I am much better in tactics and dynamic positions than in the positional play.


How would you describe your play style?
Attacking and aggressive style!


Tell me about your proudest achievement.

Probably the 3rd place in the European Youth Championship under 16.


What are you most proud of in your chess accomplishments?
4 times Lithuanian Women‘s Champion, 3rd place in the European Youth Championship under 16, 2nd place in the EU championship and 3rd place in the European Rapid Championship (women).


What do you like to do when are away from chess?
Besides chess I am studying at the university for the master‘s degree and that takes quite a lot of my time I also enjoy doing sport a lot, reading books, traveling, etc.


What are your lifelong dreams?
I don‘t like to make lifelong dreams.


What do you ultimately want to become in the chess world?
I just want to improve my play and to enjoy the game!


What is your personal motto in life?
Nothing is impossible

When I hear about some chess prodigies, I always wonder how can humanity benefit from someone who spends hisher genius on continuous mental exercise that is relatively -at most- only beneficial for the one practicing it,Please consider this
question with neutrality as much as possible because I want to know this only for curiosity….. chess masters or prodigies produce no materialisticmental commodity that builds into general good and wisdom like math prodigies and physicists whose work changes the world.I know that every ones effort and work is for some good … what do you think a chess master’s role is in society ?
Well, it‘s just like any other kind of sport, it gives a big pleasure for the people who are doing it. True, chess players cannot make discoveries like scientists and change the world, but chess attracts other people, unites different nations, genders, and generations. I think this is not less important.


Tell me the difference between a good and an exceptional chess player.
To my mind, a good just player learns and applies the knowledge, whilst exceptional chess player creates something by himself.


You have traveled to many places but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
For me the most important thing is to stay with the people I love, and it is not so important where.


Who are your heroes?
My favourite chess players are Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Tal.

Alexandra Kosteniuk Interview

Alexandra Kosteniuk  born April 23, 1984, was taught how to play chess at the age of 5 by her father Konstantin Vladimirovich.

Some notable achievements:

Became the European Champion among girls under the age of 10.
Became a Woman International Master (WIM) at the age of 13. July 1, 2005 reached an ELO rating as of 2516, which made her the fifth strongest woman in the world. On the USCF Rating list of August,2005, is 2565  made her the highest rated woman in the world. In August 2006,beating Germany’s top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5–2.5.She became the first Chess960 women’s world champion.

On FIDE’s Top 100 Women July 2012 list she is ranked 24th at 2472.

Alexandra Kosteniuk is into ; modeling, acting, writing and sports.

Most kids in the USA think that “chess is for geeks”, and a lame sport reserved for people that are not cool.
This is a stereotypical idea being put to sleep by successful players like you in showing that  you can be ; Chess player, Author, Model, Actress and athlete all in one.
Thank you for making chess cool again and for taking the time to answer some questions from your fans at


You won the Women’s World Chess Championship but Judit Polgar didn’t play in it.

She is “by far the strongest female chess player in history” (wikipedia),
and she’s “famous” for not playing women’s only tournaments.
Are you relieved when she doesn’t play women’s only tournaments,

or do want to play her so you can beat her?

It would be nice if Judit played more games with women. During my whole career I only had the chance to play her twice at the 2009 blitz world championship and have a score of 1-1. I posted the game I won on my YouTube channel “chessqueen”

Judit is a strong player but there are many strong women chess players nowadays, especially Hou Yifan who beat Judit in a recent tournament in Gibraltar, so it is not clear she would win all games against women nowadays.

You’re a very famous chess-player/ChessQueen so you must get lots of offers
to play chess games..  I’m asking about oppenents that are 500-1000 points  rated lower  than you (or even with no rating)..  Do you ever play them?
If so, have you ever lost to “some guy off the street playing you in a cafe”?

Yes I get lots of offers to play casual games from fans, but I cannot accept, that would disturb my training program (I train at least 8 hours a day and every move I play is important). That’s why I also usually refuse simul offers right before a tournament as playing a simul where you see blunders every minute (your opponents and of course sometimes yourself) is distracting and may hurt in the tournament performance where you must play at the top level each move.

1. e-4
You can get my email from the ChessRex admin so we can finish this correspondence game 🙂
(I estimate I’m 1000 points lower than you.)

1. e4 is a great move, my favorite, even though I now also play 1.d4
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 good success in fast games.  So, what do think about fast chess games?

I love fast chess. Actually my best results are in rapid chess, not in blitz chess. You are right it’s tough to calculate when the time is short, but it’s definitely possible. Look at videos of Grandmasters, even in blitz the level can be very high. And the advantage of fast games is that you can have a whole tournament in 1-2 days. Not so many people can afford to take 9 days off to play a classical chess tournament. The Olympiads last 3 weeks! Tournaments like Corus last 2 weeks! The World championship in Rapid and Blitz can let you play dozens of games and it lasts only 2-4 days, that’s fun. Also, if you’re having a bad tournament, it’s not fun to lose in classical chess 3 games in 3 days, In rapid, you would play for example 12 games in 3 days, and there is no way you’d lose all of them, so it’s a nice factor.


I’m a Chess beginner so it would be a great pleasure if you can suggest how to begin a chess career.

After learning to play chess all you need is to find an opponent (online or a “real” person) a little stronger than you and play. Then review the game (in a software like “Chess King”), find your mistakes, and play him/her again. Read ANY chess book from start to end. That way you’re sure to improve at chess, good luck!
What are your favorite openings?

I have many favorite openings, the Ruy Lopez (especially after I became World Champion – I used it very successfully), but also the Sicilian defense with black (and white too!)
There must be some weak points you have, so how do you overcome these?

I have many weak points. The thing to remember is that we’re all equal, your opponent likely has the same weak points. Chess is a sport – don’t think of your weaknesses, just jump in and play chess the best you can!
Who inspired you?

All the world champions inspired me. When I was a kid, I was told to study the “classics”, and that helped me a lot.


When you Forced Magnus Carlsen to make the move after he touched a Piece, (and so you shoulda)
he then went to move the Rook on e1 in a 5min BlitZz Champianship in Moscow 2009…..
I noticed a nice Cheeky Smile that had to be covered with the Perfect move…the Hand!!    after he got up and left without even a hand shake!
Was this one of your most ChessCheekiest Smiles of Pleasure or do you have more that I may have
missed following a forced move, and who was it against?

I did not have particular pleasure in my win against Magnus. I just followed the FIDE rules, it is obligatory to play by “touch move” in official tournaments. I do like when players give a real smile at the end of a game. For example when I beat Aronian

he gave me a very nice smile at the end of the game. But that’s a real smile. I had a nice checkmate against Wang Hao

where he is in shock at my checkmate, check it out!


Alexandra, do you know who is playing in the FRC960 OTB Chessfun Challenge that is now just Over
Start Position #200 – QBNRBKNR – (that’s 400 games as they play both colours) and are attempting to
play Games up to SP #959 – RKRNNQBB ?
I don’t know.

Do you know anyone else that has Completed this Chess challenge OTB to date(meaning some one that has played all 960 positions)?
I don’t know.


If you are playing with your idol which opening would you prefer and why?

I’m not sure who would be my idol, I respect all world champions but don’t have anybody in particular. I’d most likely play 1.e4 but the rest would depend on what he/she plays .
In blitz which three openings are most advantageous and why?

In blitz you should play openings you feel comfortable with (have studied most), and which suit your style. It also depends of the situation of the tournament and the style of your opponent. If you opponent wants a draw, you can use a very sharp opening like the Sicilian to “frighten” your opponent and force him/her to take risks as a draw is not easy to get if the line is very sharp.
Do you play chess with yourself?  If so then which two openings would you prefer for each side?

I don’t play chess against myself, I play sometimes against a chess engine, but most of all I train on positions given to me by my trainers.
Obviously you have memories of fantastic wins but if suddenly you have to pick one…
which game would come first in your mind?

It’s very difficult to single out a single win, just like it’s impossible to name one favorite chess players, all are so different and so wonderful in their own right. I have selected my best 64 games in my book “Diary of a Chess Queen”.
How far do you calculate in a game?  Does it remain the same for every opponent or does it vary
with different opponents?
Calculations depend on the position. In some positions in the endgame you can go more than 10 moves deep, but in some others, just a couple moves. A famous GM once said it’s better to see just 1 move ahead, but the best move!


While playing, which things should we be careful of?

Always check for blunders before making a move, look what threat your opponent has as soon as he plays.
What do you think, a player should always play an opening he is good with, or try something new?

It’s good to vary openings a little, not good to play all the time rare openings. If the opening is rare and no GM ever plays it, there is a reason for that. Better to play openings that super GM’s play so you can watch their games and see their ideas.
You have played against Carlsen and Anand … what is it about them that differs from others?

Top GM’s are amazing! Anand and Carlsen show incredible talent, it seems when they play it’s so easy for them to find the best moves, for me it’s much harder!!


Alexandra, the Game of Chess (with 960 SP’s) that has many Start Positions has had a number of different names.
It was initially known as “Fischerandom Chess” after Fischer formalized his variation of Shuffle Chess.
Later name forms included “Fischer Random Chess” “FR Chess” “FRC”.
Some advocate of this variant, started a brainstorming process for selecting a new name,
which had to meet requirements of leading Grandmasters specifically, the new name and its parts:
1. should not contain part of the name of any Grandmaster
2. should not include negatively biased or “spongy” elements (such as “random” or “freestyle”)
3. should be universally understood that effort from the advocate has culminated in the name choice Chess960
derived from the number of different possible starting positions.
The Great Bobby Fischer never publicly stated his feeling about the name ‘Chess960’.

Alexandra, when you Talk about this Great Game what do you call it and why?
I know it’s Fischer who invented Fischer Random Chess so he deserves most credit for it. But Hans-Walter Schmitt in Germany worked to popularize the game a lot, and under his leadership and support the name “Chess960” came out, which is fine. Since he had the “Chess960” festivals, I tend to call it that way now.

What was the SP’s that you played in the final when you became the 1st Chess960 Women World Champion against Elisabeth Paehtz?

You can check my video on how I became Chess960 world champion in 2009 here

you can see in the video some of the starting positions. I should have in my files all the games I played with Elizabeth Paehtz and maybe even videos, I will check when I get back home.

As seen on the ChessPlay’s Youtube Channel with around 125 Games posted from the 400 plus games played

I am attempting to play all the Fischer Random Start Positions Over The Board against the Same Player from from #000 to #959
Alexandra, can you name my opponent?

Wow, that’s quite a goal. Are you sure you can find a player who is willing to play all 960 positions against you? Why don’t you just use chance to get the starting position? After all that’s the goal of Fischer Random Chess, to have you “be surprised” at the start of the game!


When you play against men and they lose do you feel that they make more excuses for losing to you than women would?

I am a Grandmaster and when I play a Grandmaster, people know it’s the best player who wins. A Grandmaster, if he’s got all the way to becoming a GM, knows that giving an excuse for losing is not the right thing to do.


Let’s assume that you’re the “Queen of Chess” (not the ChessQueen, that’s different) and you have to decide
the future of chess for the next 500 years.  Your choice prevents Traditional Chess OR Chess960 from being
played for the next 500 years..  What do you choose as the future of chess.. Traditional or Chess960?

I have a trademark for the term “Chess Queen” relating to a chess master

I love Chess960, I’d like it to be more played in the future. Note that classical chess is one of the 960 Chess960 positions, so picking Chess960 would not exclude classical chess!
Do you think FIDE should promote Chess960 more and eventually make it more prestigious than Traditional Chess?
(gradually, over the next 50 years)

Yes Chess960 is great, it avoids people to have to memorize long opening variations, chess imagination starts from the first move.
Do you think you can recapture the Women’s World Chess Championship?

Of course I strive to get the title back. 2011 was a bad year for me, but this year has been much better, I’ve gained lots of rating points, I hope to finish the year well. I will participate in the next world championship in November this year!

Does the ChessQueen have a beautiful queen sacrifice on her record?  What was your greatest sacrifice?

Yes I actually have played nice Queen sacrifices during my career. Tough to select just one though. I put several nice sacrifice games in my game collection “Diary of a Chess Queen”.


Problems with impersonations online: most chess sites that I visit have players that like to impersonate real chess players.
I recall that on Chessmaniac there was a person impersonating you and even claiming that your husband played under the same
account and that you both would alternate on the live chat. Site owners or moderators let this go because they may think this
is good for the site, or do not vet the account users to see if they are who they claim to be.
At there are simple rules:
1. No one needs to disclose who they are.
2. If you do claim to be someone and rated, prove it.
Before the question I would like to state that you do not play on our site. What most do not understand is that Chess Masters
use their Name to make money from teaching chess lessons, playing chess or promoting sites. How do you deal with people using
your Name Brand to promote their product with out your consent?

You have good rules at and I wish success to your site! It’s true people try to impersonate me, but since it is illegal when I find out I make a report and usually it’s fixed. Now I hope people are not so naive that if someone says they are me they believe them without checking. Pretty much everyone knows my 2 official emails are and so it’s easy to send me a quick email and verify!

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Playing Chess

Grandmaster and world chess champion Bobby Fischer is famously quoted as saying, “Chess is life.” But can this two-player game, consisting of a square checkered board and playing pieces that are moved in different ways depending on their royal or military designation, benefit your mental and physical health? Absolutely! Check out these seven surprising health benefits of playing chess and then consider your next move.

  1. Grows dendrites:

    Dendrites conduct signals from the neuron cells in your brain to the neuron they happen to be attached to. Learning and playing a game like chess actually stimulates the growth of dendrites, which in turn increases the speed and improves the quality of neural communication throughout your brain. Increased processing power improves the performance of your body’s computer, the brain.

  2. Exercises both sides of the brain:

    To get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and technique involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.

  3. Prevents Alzheimer’s disease:

    A medical study involving 488 seniors by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine shows that playing chess, which stimulates brain function, measurably decreases the risk of dementia and combats its symptoms. Instead of letting the brain deteriorate, keeping the brain functioning at a normal rate, especially with a mind exercising activity like chess, will reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease as well as depression and anxiety.

  4. Helps treat schizophrenia:

    Doctors at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in Bron, France, found that schizophrenic patients who were directed to play chess on a daily basis showed improvement in their condition when compared to patients who did not play. The chess-playing patients exhibited increased attention, planning, and reasoning abilities and interestingly, elected to continue playing chess as part of their daily routine, even after the study had concluded.

  5. Improves children’s thinking and problem-solving skills:

    A child who is introduced to chess at a young age is likely to do better in school for years to come. Research shows that playing chess improves a child’s thinking, problem-solving, reading, and math scores. Educators and chess experts generally agree the second grade is the ideal time to introduce children to chess, although some as young as four or five may be ready to learn and play.

  6. Builds self-confidence:

    With role models that include the young Norwegian grandmaster Mangus Carlsen as well as hip-hop producer RZA, the game of chess only seems to get cooler with every generation. But no matter what your age, playing chess will build up your self-esteem. When you play, you’re on your own, and if you lose, you have to take stock and analyze just where you went wrong. Playing and analyzing why you lost or won a game increases the level of mental strength and self-confidence that you bring to the world beyond the chessboard.

  7. Helps with rehabilitation and therapy:

    Chess can be used to help rehabilitate patients recovering from stroke or a physically debilitating accident and as a form of therapy for those with autism or other developmental disabilities. Moving chess pieces across the board can help develop and fine tune a patient’s motor sills, while the mental effort required to play the game can improve cognitive and communication skills. Playing can also stimulate deep concentration and calm, helping to center and relax patients who are experiencing different degrees of anxiety.

    Riley Merkel    Online Psychology Degree

EXTREMEoverCAST Chess Knights has futuristic graphics design for a multitude of chess sets.

Bellow is a serious Chess Knight named after the Great Robert James Fischer.

The newly developed chess set has character and attitude well attributed to Fischer’s character and play. Fierce and serious with a dark side this Chess Knight looks menacing on the board. The Fierce Robert James Fischer Knight at




Fierce Robert James Fischer




Match of the Century

Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky

Tension over the USA and USSR and the long standing cold war drew worldwide interest on this Chess match, two Super Powers were going to face off on the chess board.

Reykjavík, Iceland 1972 Robert James Fischer met Boris Spassky for the World Championship.

On July 11th, the “Match of the Century” had begun  Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky.
The drama surrounding the match on all levels from Grand Masters to Media and government agencies was a result of the High expectations for Robert James Fischer and Boris Spassky.

After 21 games of a possible 24 games the match was over on August 31,1972, with Robert James Fischer winning a game after 7 consecutive draws.
Robert James Fischer vs Boris Spassky


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