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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A lot of things about chess excite me: Boris Gelfand

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A lot of things about chess excite me, says World Chess Title contender Grandmaster Boris Gelfand. He says,"Looking for ideas, looking for great games that other players have played. Chess is a magnificent game. It's at the border of art, science and sport. Introduced to chess by his father, Gelfand says he devoured a book on chess and didn't look back thereafter.

Asked about being nervous during a match, the grandmaster says, "If you get nervous, you have to control your nerves better than your opponent controls his."

Gelfand is looking forward to playing Anand, whom he called a very formidable opponent. "It's a big challenge and a big honour to play such a world championship match. A lot of players fight for it their whole career. Some succeed. Some not. I am very privileged that I succeeded.

Gelfand also says the great games of chess live forever. He says, "There are some masterpieces that will last for years like a music composition or an art picture."

Read the full interview at this link. The interview was taken at the St Louis Chess Club.

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  • At July 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    I couldn't agree with Gelfand more. All the best for the upcoming championship to him.

  • At July 22, 2011 at 3:34 AM , Anonymous J.T. said...

    Here is another great chess lover - It is great that Gelfand is now going to go for the world title. A true lover of chess. Very inspirational too. Lest I sound biased but cannot help it, am from israel. Please support him everyone.


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