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Dumbest interview questions ever?!
I had a few good chuckles reading Evgeny Surov’s interview today with the 39-year old former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. For those who don’t know who Evgeny Surov is, Evgeny is the editor-in-chief of CHESS-NEWS.RU, a very popular and usually high-quality online chess site specializing in up to date chess news, with services in both English and Russian.
The 35-year old Evgeny is rated 1909 by the ELO system.
Usually Surov does excellent interviews, but this one with Kramnik is a DISASTER! Probably Surov did not come prepared and at one point in the interview he seemed to batter the former world champion with some incredibly dumb–if not downright insulting–questions that most journalists would be embarrassed to have asked! A good thing for him that Kramnik is such a good sport…
E.SUROV: Does it ever happen to you that you would sit over the board and think: “What is this all for? Why I’m playing chess?”
V.KRAMNIK: No, it never happens.
E.SUROV: But I mean now, when you’re already not so young?
V.KRAMNIK: No, of course such thoughts never come to my mind… If they start to come, if I start feeling like this every second game, I will just stop playing…
E.SUROV: You don’t feel any pressure from the fact that you’re already outside the top 10, DO YOU?
V.KRAMNIK: I don’t feel any pressure.
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