Garry Kasparov Named His Favourite: "Magnus Carlsen Can Become the World Champion"

Время публикации: 08.09.2012 19:12 | Последнее обновление: 08.09.2012 19:12

Garry Kasparov who is visiting Istanbul gave an interview [in Russian] to azerisport.com and noted that chances of Baku to become the host of Olympad-2016 are preferable. 

"Everyone knows that the development of sports in Azerbaijan is connected to the government, - azerisport.com cites the ex-world champion. - The head of the state is interested in chess development and in this case Baku is a favourite. Albena (Bulgaria) and Tallin (Estonia) also want to host Olympiad-2016, but reality shows that Baku is a better choice."

Then Kasparov is asked questions by a person whose name is not indicated.

- Would you like to visit Baku in future?
- Everyone knows what kind of relations Armenia and Azerbaijan have now, that's why my visit to Baku at the moment is impossible. While there's a conflict between the sides I can't come to Baku. I believe it's already time to settle this conflict, which harms only ordinary people. The sides should eventually find the way out   

- If Baku will host the Olympiad-2016 will you visit it? 
- Well, maybe Armenia and Azerbaijan will settle the conflict untill 2016, then I will think about that; but now it's meaningless to talk about that. While there's a conflict my visit to Baku is not possible.  

- Whom do you consider as the strongest player at the moment?    
- I consider the current FIDE rating list to be objective. Magnus Carlsen is just a prodigy. He's in an ideal shape and he permanently upgrades his skills. Carlsen deserves to be world #1. He can become the World Champion. FIDE is obliged to hold the Candidates tournaments in the way that it'd be comfortable for the players to participate in them. We all saw Anand-Gelfand. Carlsen - Anand would be more interesting, don't you think so!? Sooner or later Carlsen will challenge Anand for the champion's title.  

- What are Teimour Radjabov's chances at the Candidates tournament?  
- Teimour is one of the best players in Azerbaijani team. He just needs a team for preparation. My favourite is Carlsen. He's in an ideal shape now, while Radjabov should prepare better, so he'll be able to show his best. 

- Mass Media usually mentions that Heydar Aliyev has helped you a lot when you became the World Champion... 
- I never denied it and I never declined that help. I always said that Heydar Aliyev has done a lot for me to become the Champion. He created proper conditions for playing. If not him, maybe I wouldn't become the Champion in 1982 and 1984 [apparently the website quoted Kasparov wrongly. - CN] .


  


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