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Straight Talking Guys
Yesterday excerpts of a recent interview of Vladimir Kramnik by the Russian magazine Sport-Express were published on Chess-News.ru. The former World Champion held the opinion that this pandemic offers a unique opportunity for today’s up and coming talent to work on their game…
“The pandemic will end sooner or later, and immediately after it ends, we will see who has spent this time more productively. Those who work hard and do not play too much 1-minute blitz on the Internet will rise to the top.
Now is an important time for a young chess player: he can lay the the foundation on which his entire career will be built later.”
Dvorkovich ponders online Candidates
Last week on October 30, the Russian sport magazine RIA-Sports published an interview with FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich. In this interview Dvorkovich discussed the recent postponement of the Yekaterinburg Candidates Tournament to sometime in early Spring 2021.
When asked about the option of finishing the tournament online, Dvorkovich made some incredible comments.
I recently spoke with the Russian participant of the Candidates Tournament, Alexander Grischuk, and he expressed a rather paradoxical opinion that in today’s situation it would be logical to end the tournament in an online format. What do you think about it?
“Alexander really put forward this idea, including in our communication. And we discussed it with all the participants in the Candidates Tournament and with my colleagues on the advice of FIDE. But the majority still believe that we all need to be patient and in the spring to hold the second part of the competition in the classic format.”
“But I cannot completely rule out such an option. I would like to emphasize once again that we still hope that the epidemiological situation will return to normal, and next spring we will hold the Candidates Tournament in the traditional format. But I would not rule out the possibility of holding the tournament online. In any case, in the near future we will see more and more such solutions in various areas, including chess.”
“At the same time, I would like to clarify: the idea is not for someone to play from home, but it was about the fact that, in the event of such a scenario, the participants play in public places, under the full control of the arbitrators. This is such a mixed version – not traditional classical chess and not pure online play. I think this is one of the formats that will be used in chess in the future, given the epidemiological situation in the world.”
Levitov: It is important not to tell the truth.
Ilya Levitov is well known by now to my blog readers, having appeared dozens of times in various articles. A wealthy business man, tireless chess promotor and who at various times was Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation, his word always carries weight. Maybe not as much as before, but when Levitov speaks people listen.
In an interview on the 31st of October for the Russian magazine Realnoe Vremya Levitov reflects on his time in chess, the individuals that he remembers most and especially some of the many problems, challenges and obstacles facing the popularization of the game.
”The chess community is extremely retrograde and very aggressive. You must talk about everyone in the same way, preferably equally respectfully, not offend anyone. It is also very important not to tell the truth.”