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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Another video from Grand Slam Chess Masters in Sao Paulo

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Hello everyone,

Here is a nice video from Sao Paulo Grand Slam Chess Masters even as the second section of the event begins in Bilbao, Spain today.

Declaraciones de los jugadores participantes en la final de maestros del Gran Slam de Ajedrez 2011. V. Anand, M. Carlsen, V. Iv from Proyeccion TV on Vimeo.

Here are sections from the official website about the comments in the video.

Ivanchuk, the provisional top player on the leaderboard, paradoxically seems to be the careful of the players. The Ukrainian assures that “I will play each match as best I can, since all of my opponents in this tournament are very strong and dangerous”. At the moment his is the man to beat.

The man in second spot, American Hikaru Nakamura, three points behind Ivanchuk, remains focused on capturing the title in Bilbao, although he is convinced that none of his opponents will make this easy for him.

Magnus Carlsen, number one in the FIDE rankings, insists that “after beating Ivanchuk (referring to the last round in Sao Paulo) anything is possible In Bilbao. I am going to give it my all to get as many points as possible”. When asked about the current tournament leader the Norwegian is confident that “Ivanchuk is the leader now but complicated matches in Bilbao still await him”. He however rules out Vallejo, currently in last place.

When asked about the results obtained to date (Anand and Aronian tied with 6 points), the Norwegian recalls how especially exciting “the victory against Ivanchuk was. I really needed to win that game; it was something very special for me”. On the other hand, his worst match was “seeing myself in trouble against Paco Vallejo wasn’t something I enjoyed but after a loss you have to keep going”.

World Champion Anand, who stands 4 points behind current leader, Ivanchuk, does not seem worried by the difference. “There are still matches left so we have got to try” he says. The Indian chessplayer appears very critical of the way he has played so far, saying “It hasn’t been ideal. I feel like it hasn’t gone too well. It is difficult to choose the worst match but I suppose it would be the one I lost”.

When asked to evaluate his performance so far, Aronian blows both hot and cold. He believes that “the majority of the matches have been interesting” but only seems dissatisfied with his game against Anand. He thinks it is “time to improve. I am confident that I will play better in Bilbao”, where he will undoubtedly fight for victory. donde además luchará por la victoria. “There are still five rounds left, so anyone who is not way down in terms of points can win the title”, he advises.

Paco Vallejo, special guest at the Masters Final this year, is not hiding his disappointment over his poor showing so far. “I haven’t been very inspired in the games”, he recognizes after ending up in last place in the first stage. In the five rounds played in Brazil the Spaniard has suffered four losses and has walked away with one victory. “It’s no use grumbling about it, so in Bilbao I will come out with full force. I am sure I will do much better” he assures. Vallejo is aware that he is competing among players all within the top ten in the world, but he believes he has “what it takes to play against them and do much better”. When it comes to what we can expect in Bilbao he is convinced that, “in the remaining matches there is still a lot of game left. I would not rule anyone out (when it comes to the title), not even myself…”.

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  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:47 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Has Ivanchuk reached Bilbao?

  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    He reached on Wednesday.

  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Carlsen is going to make a comeback for sure. It's his trademark style. Like any youngster he needs a loss to shake up and pull up his socks.

  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Symeon, Athens said...

    I like this scoring system. Though not sure if it fair in the longterm. I hope the games begin soon. And that there are more decisive games. Am getting kinda bored.

  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Anonymous A.T. Pokhara said...

    If Garcia was next to Ivanchuk the robbery would never have taken place in the first place. This guy is a commando journalist. Have they found the jokers who took the bags?

  • At October 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    Will Ivanchuk be able to play as well with his wife gone back to Ukraine? Emotional support?

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM , Anonymous Volkswagon said...

    They speak Spanish or Portuguese in Brazil and what's the big difference?

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Anonymous Miguel said...

    both Brazilian and European Portuguese differ not only from each other, but from Spanish as well;
    both European and Latin American Spanish differ not only from each other, but also from Portuguese; or
    either Brazilian or European Portuguese differs from Spanish with syntax not possible in Spanish (while the other dialect does not).

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:04 AM , Anonymous Miguel said...

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    te amo Chucky

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Where can we see the games live?

  • At October 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    At official website and


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