Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-14
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|Friday, 06 August 2010|
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Q1: Is it hard to live with a female chess player? What is the toughest part of it?
A1: I have never actually *lived with* a woman. Chess players are very different, it's hard to find something in common. Ok: they probably won't be willing to play chess at home and are likely to beat you (most men don't like it).
Q2: What is you next goal in chess?
A2: First of all, to make it as popular as possible. Secondly, if we talk about personal goals, increase my chess level, perform well at the Olympiad and World Women Chess Championship. Finally get those GM norms.
Q3: What does a grandmaster do when she wants a business to sponsor her as a professional chess player?
A3: It depends on the grandmaster, of course. The typical way is to send out business proposals and try to attract sponsors by showing how beneficial the partnership can be. However, this way is not very efficient unless you have connections. People will just regard such letters as spam. So, the best way is probably to become so popular that companies will start contacting you with offers themselves.
Q4: Are you planning a tour in South America? Or even just a trip as an anonymous tourist.
A4: I don't have any time for non-business related travelling and have a rather busy schedule in general. Nonetheless, I always consider all the invitations and offers I receive.
Q5: Do you support the idea that more female players should also do a good quota of photograph sessions or even modeling to help confirm and show that chess is not a game of only old boring gentlemen sitting at a library and smoking pipes?
A5: Absolutely. Of course, it should be done with grace, but photo shoots of beautiful female players definitely contribute to the popularity of the game.
Q6: What's your opinion on the Kasparov vs Deep Blue famous games?
A6: There is so much controversy around the match, I just lack the information to comment on it. In my opinion Kasparov should have just played his own game rather than tried anti-computer strategy and dubious openings. At that time the machines were much weaker than nowadays, he had a perfect chance to beat Deep Blue.
Q7: Do you think it is possible to reach GM-level by training at home, without playing in official events?
A7: That's usually a dream of people who think that GM-level is something one can achieve in a few months by solving tactics, reading some biographies and being smart. In theory, if a gifted and motivated person will work on his chess for years, hire top coaches and sparring partners, etc., he may probably get to GM strength at home. But that is irrational and highly unlikely.
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