Garry Kasparov: "There's No Doubt That Carlsen Is the Strongest Player"

Время публикации: 01.10.2012 21:30 | Последнее обновление: 01.10.2012 21:39

Garry Kasparov has mentioned chess in his interview [in Russian] to the newspaper Sobesednik.

If taking into consideration the results of the last chess Olympiads, Armenia is the first chess country in the world, - thinks Kasparov. "In Armenia chess became something like soccer in Latin America and it's even an obvious subject at schools.

...It's actually a tendency too! - Azerbaijan also tries to keep up: There's a very strong GM team there, which managed to win the European Championship once. There's an active process of integration of chess into the school education system. At the recent FIDE Congress held in Istanbul, Baku made an impressive presentation and got the right to held Olympiad -2016. It's noteworthy that their Minister of Sports hospitably invited me there."

On a question "who is the most promising chess player for today?" Kasparov replied without hesitation: 

"It's clear - Magnus Carslen from Norway. He is the strongest player. Perhaps I could give him a fight in blitz, but it's unlikely I could do that in classical chess.

....Guys, you have no idea of professional chess. That is highest possible concentration, when your brain, mind, your entire life is concentrated only on one thing. Nothing should disturb the player during the game - neither physical, nor extraneous issues. And if you are also envolved in something else - for instance in politics - then it's over. My age is also not the best: Carlsen is 22, while I will be 50 next year. I don't panic about that, however, chess today - with a trifling exceptions - is a sport for young people. I'm still good in holding simuls though."


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