Boris Gelfand: "I've Been Permanently Buried for Already Fifteen Years"

Время публикации: 24.06.2013 22:07 | Последнее обновление: 25.06.2013 14:42

In the recent interview given to P-Sport agency, Boris Gelfand admitted that he "has been in one of his best stages of preparation" during the Tal Memorial.

"It was easy for me to play, since the tournament like this has ten favourites (smiles). I've done decent preparation, I've had a rest and everything went well for me from the very beginning of the competition. I managed to win a game already in round 2, which gave me some confidence. Later on, I have also managed to play well."

Gelfand considers the Tal Memorial to be the most prestigious tournament in the world: "There are a lot of reasons that make me love the Tal Memorial. First of all, that's one of the (big) events to which I am invited. There are a lot of tournaments in the world, aren't there? For instance, there's Bilbao, but I'm not invited there. What I like is that the organizers do not just invite the strongest GMs, but they also always give a chance to some talented Russian grandmaster. In the previous tournaments, among the participants were Evgeny Tomashevsky, Ian Nepomniachtchi, this year we had Dmitry Andreikin. The strongest Russian chess players are also rotated - Peter Svidler, Alexadner Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin..."

"Do you actually know that I've been buried for already 15 years? It started when I turned 30 - "that's it, Gelfand's time is over." You know, the fact that I have been permanently "sent to retirement" has helped me. Well, I didn't participate in big events over the last few years, but I have gathered the needed strength that helps me to play now. As for motivation... You know chess is a game which holds a lot of puzzles, and every time you sit to play, you are eager to find the best solution and to solve the given riddle."


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