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Saturday, 17 April 2010

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

Q1: When are you planning to become Women World Champion?

A1: One can't plan such things, it takes a lot of talent, hard work and luck to become a WC All we can do is try to maximize our chances.

Q2: What do you think about WGM Elena Tairova's death?
A2: It was a hard blow to all people who knew her. Elena was a very kind and nice girl with a great chess talent. A tragic loss.

Q3: Will I benefit from working with two trainers instead of one?

A3: As long as they are both skilled enough, probably. The more approaches to studying chess you know, the better. The only issues that can rise are organizational: one of them may not know what the other one taught you already, blame your failures on him, argue who the main coach is, etc. If you avoid all that, it's going to be all right.

Q4: I suck at blitz, does that mean that I should improve in it to become a better player?
A4: While there is a certain correlation between playing strength in standard chess and in blitz, these games are quite different. If you feel bad about playing blitz not well enough, you may decide to train and improve. However, if you are thinking about boosting your blitz skills for the sake of becoming a better player overall, then it is hardly the best way to do it.

Q5: How many hours a day should one study chess?
A5: Few people can afford to spend a lot of time on it. Besides, after 3-4 hours one gets tired, and it becomes much harder to learn something new. The optimal time for a pro is about the same as the duration of a game (about 4 hours). Some practice more, some less.

Q6: What do you think about forfeiting players who are not present at the board at the start of the round?
A6: That is probably acceptable for World Championship matches and other top events, but not for regular open tournaments.

Q7: Have you ever played Judith Polgar?
A7: Unfortunately, no. Maybe someday...

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Why do so many grandmasters play the siclian defense?

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