By WFM Ana Daniela Madrigal B.
Q: Liem, congratulations on the victory! Did you expect that you would win the World Blitz Chess Championship? A: You know, this result was a big surprise for me. When I was coming here I did not even think about victory. There are lots of strong chess players who are famous all over the world. [...]
Belgian Grandmaster Vladimir Chuchelov is accompanying Italian star Fabiano Caruana in the Thessaloniki Grand Prix. He kindly agreed to a short interview after the beginning of round 9. Q: Vladimir, you are here in Thessaloniki as a trainer of Fabiano Caruana, who is sharing the second place after eight rounds of the tournament. How are [...]
Today is the second rest day before the final three rounds of Thessaloniki Grand Prix. It was a good moment to speak with the tournament director Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou. Q: Mr. Tsorbatzoglou, the tournament is reaching its final phase, what are your general impressions? A: I think it is going pretty well. If we take in [...]
During the opening ceremony of Thessaloniki Grand Prix, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov kindly accepted to answer a couple of brief questions. Q: Mr. Ilyumzhinov, you literally had only few weeks to prepare for Grand Prix in Thessaloniki. How did everything happen so sudden? A: Initially the tournament was supposed to take place in Madrid, where [...]