GM Pavel Eljanov: "It's Hard to Progress in Opens"

Время публикации: 09.09.2013 23:04 | Последнее обновление: 09.09.2013 23:13

Extracts from the interview 07.09.2013, 21.30

Е.SUROV: This is Chess-News radio and I am welcoming Pavel Eljanov, the winner of the Poikovsky tournament. 

P.ELJANOV: Hello Evgeny and everyone who listens to us.

Е.SUROV: How do you usually prepare for your games? What is your usual schedule during the tournament?

P.ELJANOV: Well, there aren't any special secrets. All that depends on the partners. That's because - and this is not a secret - I have no a coaching team which could be analysing things for me. It's certainly good to have a person or two who'd be helping in preparation for the specific game, while I would have time to rest, have a walk, etc. So, if I am facing some opening problems, I have to work on them by my own. It's good to have some balance, too much preparation right before the game might not be good, although being more or less prepared to the lines that may take place at the board is essential [...]  Nowadays, chess has definitely become tougher.     

Е.SUROV: Do you usually have a second at the tournaments?

P.ELJANOV: I haven't had any for quite a while already. I should note Mikhail Brodski who has been helping me out more or less regularly. We had a training session before the world Cup in Macedonia. I played at the Macedonian League and mostly it was a training. As you see it was fruitful as I played two tournaments afterwards and both were quite successful. If I can complain a bit about the World Cup, I definitely can't do that about Poikovsky.  

[...] I have only best impressions on the organization of the tournament [Poikovsky]. As I have said in my speech at the closing ceremony the cordiality we were welcomed with was really extraordinary. We were welcomed as dear guests and all that was absolutely honest. It was clear that the organizers were doing their best in order to meet all our needs. I would play there again with pleasure.  

It should be mentioned that the turning point happened after the rest day. I started with three draws and all of them were gained in a complex fight, in those games in which I was white I had chances; in Round 4 I have eventualy managed to use my chance beat Ernesto Inarkiev.

Even the loss against Sasha Motylev didn't break me. I just have such days when nothing works properly.

E.SUROV: We discussed that with Alexey Dreev on our radio. He thinks evry player has such days almost in every tournament. You should just try to go over it, nothing really can be done about it.

P.ELJANOV: That really happens frequently. Maybe this is what differs great chess players from the strong ones - first can feel their condition very well. the fact is that there are days when you should play especially carefully. Others don't feel it and that usually leads to losses. 

E.SUROV: Going back to seconds. You were helping Gelfand, weren't you? Recently we have interviewed Evgeny Tomashevsky and by the coincidence everyone who worked in Boris's team has been winning something lately.  

P.ELJANOV: Yes, I have listened to the interview a bit and then read it at full. I think that was a great interview with a lot of interesting ideas. [...] The world title match is of course a great test for a second. I have worked with Boris several times before, but Evgeny has joined us for the first time. Evgeny was absolutely right to mark out Boris's fascinating ability to self-control. We all were exhausted by the end of the match, we practically didn't sleep.


Е.SUROV: How necessary is chess profession for the society? 

P.ELJANOV: That's a very interesting question. I think this is really a great game. Although there are lots of minds saying chess is dying nowadays, I can't agree with them. The computers have really changed it, but let's say, for the ordinary chess fans it stays a very complicated and mysterious game. I personally think no game can compare to chess in profoundness.    

I think chess can teach us a lot. Once we had sort of a discussion with Ruslan Ponomariov and Sasha Areschenko in Tromso - we were talking of what kind of games are most popular nowadays. You know, all those online computer games are very popular and it seems tome that they are a deadlock kind branch of human development because they, unlike chess, don't help in developing a personality.

[...] I think the only way of popularizing chess is introducing chess in schools. I don't know in what kind of format that should be done, let's say, it will be an optional class first. Chess is a complicated game and you time, several months, in order to teach some bases. The systematic trainings are needed to grow a new generation of chess players, that's why it should be present at schools.   

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Е.SUROV: What is the situation in Ukrainian women's chess? How does Anna Ushenina prepares for the upcoming world title match? Is Ukrainian federation helping her?

P.ELJANOV: I am not really aware of that. I only now that Anton Korobov is one of coaches, so maybe it's better to ask him. I didn't take part in her preparation, I more concentrated on my own ambitions right now. Anton is now with Anna in China, so he surely knows what kind of help she got. 

[...] I think Anna has chances and a lot will depend on how the match will start. If she manages not to at least lose first three-four games then her chances will increase. I think she has a stable nervous system and a strong character, so I guess Hou Yifan may break at some point.   

Е.SUROV: You mentioned that now you are planning to concentrate your own ambitions. What did you mean?

P.ELJANOV: There are some as long-term, so short-term plans. In the nearest future I should reach the level when I could be sure of being invited to some high profile tournaments. Of course I would like to participate in decent events, because playing in Opens, firstly, it's hard to progress int hem and secondly, not everything depends only on you. A lot of factors play an important role there - the drawing, for instance.

Nonetheless, there are strong Opens as well. For example, my next Open - Chigorin Memorial. I only meant that it's hard to always play in Opens, but you can do it time after time.

[...] I remember Evgeny's words that at your early thirties having a bit more than 2700 rating it is naive to hope to become the strongest player or the champion, but I would like to realize my ambitions at full. I will regret if I won't do my very best and use all the resources.  


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