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Friday, June 10, 2011

Am a champion at being lazy too, says Grandmaster Levon Aronian!

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Hello everyone,

Insightful, witty, humorous and clever is this interview with Grandmaster Levon Aronian. We are talking about the super site showcasing the talented grandmaster's Q&A at Crestbook.

Guess what Aronian's take is on why people play chess? He says, “For pleasure, peace of mind and the moral torture of their neighbour”!

Aronian was responding to reader questions posed in English at Chess in Translation and in Russian at the KasparovChess forum.

KC-Conference with Levon Aronian

The questions, and most of the answers, were written before the Candidates Matches in Kazan, which of course makes it hard not to regret that Levon didn’t emerge as the challenger to Vishy Anand. Nevertheless, he mentions Boris Gelfand as one of his best grandmaster friends, and in the post-Candidates section at the end adds:

I think Boris deserved this win. He’s a man who treats chess with great reverence, and who works a lot… and is very, you might say, patient with it. You know, it’s easy to work when you can see an immediate return, but he’s had difficult periods, and still to believe in yourself and try to keep working despite that… I’m very, very glad for him, that his dedication and love for the game has borne fruit. This success shows that there’s chess longevity in his blood!

Aronian and Gelfand before the Candidates Matches | photo: FIDE

The grandmaster also confesses, "As a talented player I always had a great talent for being lazy as well. If it wasn’t for my family (and particularly my mother) and my friends, who did the majority of the work for me, then it’s unlikely I’d have been able to achieve success."

Go on read the full article at this link. Pretty cool.

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  • At June 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Quite like me except the GM title. :) Duh.

  • At June 10, 2011 at 6:58 PM , Anonymous Glenn said...

    Can some of the pundits be proud of the "old man" now? Sheesh. And if 40 is "old" Anand is no spring chicken either. So for the youngsters keep trying. Maybe, with enough practice you'll get there too.

  • At June 11, 2011 at 3:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anand said if you're not a grandmaster by 14 you can forget about it... but now, if you're not a world champion by 40 don't forget about it


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