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“What do you know, you never played Kasparov”

Alexander Grischuk is always entertaining speaker in the press meetings. As he became co-leader in the Geneva Grand Prix, Grischuk was interviewed by WGM Anna Burtasova.

After explaining why it is good to be tempo down in the reversed Dragon Sicilian, and why do Russians swim in Wijk aan Zee in the middle of winter, Grischuk was asked about the upcoming Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis.

Q: What do you think about the announcement that Garry Kasparov will play in Saint Louis?

A: It is fantastic for me as a spectator. For me it is by far the most interesting event this year, obviously apart from the tournaments I play in.

The only thing that I don’t like is that I can no longer say to Nepomniachtchi, Aronian and others “What do you know, you never played Kasparov”, as now this is going to change. So that’s the only thing that makes me unhappy.

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