Alexander Morozevich: "Judging By the Results, I Can Play"

Время публикации: 23.10.2011 02:12 | Последнее обновление: 14.04.2012 21:20

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Interview at full in Russian

E.KLIMETS: This is Chess-News, we are at the Governor’s Cup that takes place in Saratov and the winner of the tournament Alexander Morozevich is with us. Greetings, Alexander!


E.KLIMETS: Your result has been surprising for a lot and of course you know it; especially the first part of the tournament. Here’s the question: Do you think that’s because of your good shape or luck? What’s your opinion?

A.MOROZEVICH: It’s hard to give a definite answer. I think gathering a lot of points without being lucky is pretty hard in any strong tournament. Luck was on my side in a number of games, but at the same time I played two or three games at quite a high level; I constantly posed my rivals problems. To a certain extent I’m satisfied as with my results so with my overall performance here – which is pretty unusual thing for me.

E.KLIMETS: What task did set before the tournament? Was that to get the maximum?

A.MOROZEVICH: I didn’t have any special goals. That was something like: let’s start and then time will show. […]

E.KLIMETS: You had a break in your career but now you’ve returned by playing quite interesting openings, you breathe life into old variants. Is that a protest against some kind of a thorough preparation or that’s your wish to get your own play?

A.MOROZEVICH: But what openings do I play that are unusual?

E.KLIMETS: Almost all.

A. MOROZEVICH: In my view all of my openings are pretty usual.

E.KLIMETS: So in your opinion everything’s fine, everything’s usual?

A. MOROZEVICH: There’s no “fine”; that “unusual” seems to be an old image which exists just because people are lazy to actually look at my openings.

E.KLIMETS: Does the personality of your opponent or his chess style have any influence on how do you choose your opening?

A.MOROZEVICH: Certainly. […]

E.KLIMETS: You’ve already mentioned in one of your interviews that you’ve spent some time in Qatar and worked there as a coach. Did you enjoy it? Do you plan to continue your trainer career or that was that a one-time action?

A.MOROZEVICH: Not that it was the once-only action; that was a period when playing chess was categorically early, but on the other hand I couldn’t stand sitting at home. So, I tried to find some kind of a “golden mean” and I considered coaching to be a wise decision.To say that I’m planning to start to work as a coach in an official way including contract, like it was with Zhu Chen – not in the nearest future. Maybe sometime in future when my professional activity will be brought down, in that case could be as long as generally I enjoy this kind of job. […]

E.KLIMETS: I’ve remembered you said to Vladimir Barsky – that was in one of the interviews you gave earlier, in 2007 – that the most comfortable place to play the tournament is something like a theatre. That is a scene where the participants are playing for their audience. It’s was pretty much like that here in Saratov. Did you enjoy it or maybe you’ve changed your opinion?

A.MOROZEVICH: No, I wasn’t talking patently about the comfort. I could say that I just like that. To this effect my opinion hasn’t changed. It was pleasant for me to play on the stage, I do really love it; I feel some kind of aura which comes from the fact there is some stage and there are spectators, who are watching your game even if actually there aren’t any. Some sort of atmosphere exists and maybe that brings me additional strength.[…]

 E.KLIMETS: What’s your reaction on Navara’s deed at World Cup? Do you support him or do you think that was unsportsmanlike behavior?

A.MOROZEVICH: It’s hard to answer that. I wasn’t there. I have a general idea of what has happened from some print media and I can’t say I believe them completely. In any case this kind of picture appeared in my mind – I don’t really know if it corresponds to reality but – as if at some point Navara touched two pieces during the game or at least he thought so; it seems that Moiseenko let him to play another or at least one of the pieces Navara touched. They continued playing but then five or six moves before mate Navara suddenly remembered that he was allowed to play the piece he hasn’t touched or the other from the ones he touched. That brought a belated remorse and in a burst of unrestrained brotherly love he offered a draw. If all that is true then of course it’s sheer idiocy and Navara has obvious sadistic tendencies which he is unable to keep inside; that’s because if you feel any kind of guilt then at least don’t torture your opponent – offer him a draw in a better endgame and go home, but if you’re bringing it to mate then you’ve somehow won it, you made it. […]

E.KLIMETS: What about your leisure-time? How do you spend it – books, movies, music?

A.MOROZEVICH: Hard to say. Probably a little bit of everything. I’m not really into any specific hobby. Sometimes music, other times books. I enjoy going for a walk in the park. I don’t watch movies just because that long hours of staring at the computer screen is so tiresome that it seems to me that the worst form of switching over for a professional chess player is after the computer to watch TV or to go to the cinema.Therefore I prefer wither to do sport or to go out for some fresh air.   

E.KLIMETS: What is your favorite sport? Again except chess.

A.MOROZEVICH: I don’t have a favorite sport. It depends on my mood.

E.KLIMETS: Do you watch closely any sport? Football, tennis?

A.MOROZEVICH: I don’t love football. Once I loved tennis, but now it’s somehow… The tennis players of my generation are not playing anymore because of the specificity of tennis; and for some reason I’m not interested in watching how young generation is playing. Therefore a peak of my interest in tennis is in the past, although I still remember all winners of the Men’s Grand Slam from 1992 to 2002.

E.KLIMETS: Unbelievable! What about books – do you have any favorite authors or maybe you’d like to recommend any in order to improve one’s chess skills?

A.MOROZEVICH: I would if I knew. I don’t know how to improve my own skills. There are a lot of books but I can’t pick out saying read these specific ones because they’re useful for everyone – I wouldn’t say so.

A.MOROZEVICH: For whom? For Eljanov?

E.KLIMETS: For instance for you.

A.MOROZEVICH: Oh, for me? I think I need to play and to play unexpectedly well.

E.KLIMETS: Practice, practice and again practice?

A.MOROZEVICH: Yes, but it’s really hard to play, and to play well. That is so hard.

E.KLIMETS: OK. Then in conclusion – a short questionnaire, a blitz poll. Just one request: answer quickly without much thinking.  Ok?

A.MOROZEVICH: If I manage.

E.KLIMETS: Classic or avant-garde?

A.MOROZEVICH: But what does that mean?

E.KLIMETS: Don’t think about it, please.

A.MOROZEVICH: So, this is my answer. I just don’t understand the question.

E.KLIMETS: I see. A win and a loss or two draws?

A.MOROZEVICH: Two draws.

E.KLIEMTS: Common sense or intuition?

A.MOROZEVICH: A joy for life.

E.KLIMETS: A film or a book? Actually you’ve already answered that.


E.KLIMETS: Sea or mountains?

A.MOROZEVICH: Let’s say sea.

E.KLIMETS: Rain or the sun?

A.MOROZEVICH: Lets’ say the sun.

E.KLIMETS: He or her?


E.KLIMETS: Thank you! This was Alexander Morozevich, the Governor’s Cup and Chess-News.


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