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Kramnik on chess, Anand, Topalov...

About Anand: I always considered him to be a colossal talent, one of the greatest in the whole history of chess. Each champion has had some sort of speciality, and his is creating counterplay in any position out of absolutely nowhere. He’s got an amazing ability to constantly stretch himself so that even in some kind of Exchange Slav he nevertheless manages to attack something and create something. He also plays absolutely brilliantly with knights, even better than Morozevich – if his knights start to jump around, particularly towards the king, then that’s that, it’s impossible to play against and they’ll just sweep away everything in their path. I noticed it’s better to get rid of them when you’re playing against him. =============================================================== In general, he’s improved a great deal in recent years, at some point after 2002. He’s a chess player of genius, but previously he didn’t work enough, by and large. ========================================================== Q. What’s going on with Topalov just now? ==== I don’t know. It’s not even a matter of his having a bad period. I don’t understand why he’s not playing just now. After all, you usually get out of that by playing, and if you play only one tournament every 6 months it’s very hard to get back into the rhythm. Of course he’s a phenomenal player, but it’s clear that he’s out of form and has suffered a real decline of late. His main problem, I think, is that for some reason he doesn’t want to play. If you do want to play then you can always find an option. ============================================================= For 1st part of the Tkachiev's interview with Kramnik click here:


  1. Marijan,

    This is a fascinating interview, and I must
    say, Kramnik does come across as a very
    gracious man in addition to his undeniable
    qualities as a chess player.

    Thanks for posting.


  2. Thanks for posting. A great interview. The website is a newly launched one (only about a month old) and they always seem to have very up to date and good articles.