A: No single player. I read a book by Nimzovitch. He was the only one
I can remember that had an influence.
A: It's basically a variation of hypermodern style. It involves the flank openings
such as the Pirc and Modern defenses.It involves controlling the center from the
wings, using the pawns a lot and maintaining a very fluid structure. The style is
successful because your opponents are given a wide freedom of choice and often underestimate
the position. The style does not restrict the opponents play. This could be both
positive and negative. It gives the opponent more of a chance to go wrong.
A: Some players like to restrict the opponent and his choices. I don't
believe that it is necessary ... With the style I play, there is the danger that
if you overlook something, that the other side could gain a huge advantage. It's
difficult because you are creating a very large number of possibilities and an error
could lead to a large advantage for the other player. Other players restrict the
number of possibilities and have more control. Also, with my style, the space advantages
are exaggerated. It is strategically possible to have a space advantage without
being able to convert it. An exaggerated space advantage may make your opponent
overconfident. Petrosian, for instance, was a very creative player. He was more
interesting than some of the others. His style was similar to mine, not necessarily
in the use of flank or hypermodern openings but in his philosophical approach. He
wasn't a player who always had to have the initiative. I like his slow strategic
maneuvering and continual anticipation. He would allow his opponent to try something
and it would always fail except when his opponent was very strong. There is no consensus
about the best style. Different players have a different view of the game. It's
hard to describe. Some players believe there is objectively a best move. I don't
subscribe to that because the margin of draws is very high. If there was an absolute
best move then there would be many more decisive results. Also I don't believe that
restricting the number of responses is necessarily the best way of getting an advantage.
A: Talent for chess probably has to do with some spatial abilities in
terms of projecting a number of moves forward. There are different types of talent:
positional, tactical, etc. It may be as diverse as the number of styles of the players
playing the game. It probably involves memory and calculation ..(pause) .. hard
A: I like Lasker's play .. Fischer. Who else? ...Nimzovitch was a creative
A: It was very interesting. Don't ask me about the result though.I was
happy that I was able to do something. In the first game, I missed some opportunities.
Although I played well strategically, my technique was lacking in both games.
A: ...Same thing...I lost because of a technical lapse. The games (against
Fischer and Karpov) are very similar in the openings. I did not lose the game in
the opening and I was satisfied with the strategic outcome of those games. There
are other players whom I have had a much harder time with. I did poorly against
players who were technically solid .. players who didn't try to achieve much. For
example, against Geller, I may have lost a game without putting up a fight. There
the psychological factor comes into play. I would screw up out of frustration. I
found, the more creative the player, the more I rose to the occasion.
A: Well, I was very, very happy to see him play again. I think he did
A: Well, he's only played the one match. I believe from what I have seen
that on a strategic level, he is unmatched. He may be.. there were some technical
lapses which are to be expected after a prolonged absence. I believe that were he
able to recover some of his technique that he would be the strongest player. In
fact I believe that his play from a strategic point of view is stronger than it
was when he left. It showed a lot of thought. He wasn't sitting on his hands during
that long absence.
A: There was a stylistic change. There is less of a direct method. When
he played before, he was much younger. It was the force of his personality that
carried him through. What you're looking at here is somebody who probably has a
greater understanding of the game than he ever had and he knows that he cannot just
by force alone push through certain things and it shows up as a refinement of his
strategical thinking in the game. Unfortunately, maybe people misinterpreted a few
lapses in technique as weakness when in fact you see progress in the strategic side.
A: I did analyses of several games in depth. Some of the comments made
on them were quite superficial. The games he lost were very finely balanced. They
weren't anywhere near as one sided as the media made them out to be. Comments that
he was crushed simply weren't true. In fact the games were consistently of a much
higher caliber than the candidates matches being held concurrently.
A: I am sure that the computer will be World Champion strength in one
or two years. I don't know what effect it will have on the game.
A: I don't see a real contender at the moment -- unless Fischer decides
to play. I think he is more likely to be beaten by a computer than a person.
A: People put money into US chess to support it. I suppose it is easier
to attract wealthy sponsors when you're near the top. Also the US has attracted
strong Russian immigrants. Don't forget, in the early 70's J.G. Prentice was a strong
financial supporter of the CFC. The CFC was very supportive of Olympiads and Prentice
was the principal financier. When he died there was no replacement.
A: I had other interests: I became involved in stocks and in computer
programming. I quit because I felt I had developed a satisfactory strategic understanding
of the game and whatever improvement remained was in technique. This would require
a lot of effort for minimal returns.
A: Yes. I saw him six months ago. He is living in California and has a
family. He too has retired and is in computers. Our careers have followed parallel
A: The company is International Chess Enterprises. It is a public company
listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange. We publish the magazine Inside Chess and
several books. We also market several chess products. The company's largest shareholder
is GM Yasser Seirawan. I am also working with IBIS technology Corporation, a wholly
owned subsidiary of International Chess Enterprises. We develop software products.
We also intend to go into interactive multiplayer computer games.