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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Seven more Q&As this week (feel free to send me new ones):

Q1: What do you think about abolishing women's titles?

A1: I believe that currently women's titles serve as an additional motivation for girls. Thus I don't see anything wrong or sexist with them. Probably in the future, when we might have more strong female players, there will be only universal titles.

Q2: How do you memorize so many openings?
A2: I don't have such a great memory for openings and memorize key ideas, piece placements and most critical refutations. Everything else can be found over the board, if you are a good player.

Q3: What was the largest chess prize you ever won?

A3: Prizes in women's chess are rather modest as compared to men's. I think it was 6,000 (about $8,000) at European Championship last year. Btw, there's a poll at about this issue (see left panel of the website) - feel free to vote.

Q4: Do you want your kid to become a chess grandmaster?
A4: I want him to choose his occupation himself. If he likes chess, then why not; if he doesn't, I won't be trying to talk him into it.

Q5: I suck at Math, is it possible for me to play chess well?
A5: It seems that the relationship between Math skills and chess is strongly exagerrated. I myself and many of my friends are pure humanists, and it doesn't prevent us from playing.

Q6: Should I stay at the board during all the game?
A6: While some people try to make the most of it and keep thinking even when it's the opponent's turn, I believe this approach is not suitable for most players. That way you often waste a lot of mental and physical energy ("what if he goes there?!") and then see a totally different move! Being surprised and tired, you are likely to blunder. Therefore, when my opponent is pondering his/her move, I prefer to relax a bit, take a walk, drink some tea, etc.

Q7: Can you tell me the strongest line against the Sicilian?
A7: There are no "the lines" for humans. Unlike chess engines, we are not fighting for ethereal 0.05 of a pawn each move.  Depending on your chess tastes you may choose a lot of different options which are all more or less equal.

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1. Written by on 12:50 10 2010 .

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2. Written by Natalia on 13:11 10 2010 .
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Hi,with all respect just by reading a couple of your answers I now discover that your not just beatiful and intelligent but also is amazing all the knowlege you have and share, thank you for doing so. 
ps I sincerely hope I dont offend you with my comment.

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