Karpov is sure that the Yekaterinburg will have a great candidates tournament FIDE

certain that no coronavirus does not hurt, the candidates tournament will be held in Yekaterinburg will not fail?

Anatoly Karpov: Absolutely sure. And Yekaterinburg will hold a candidates tournament perfectly. We have some very strong chess Federation, one of the strongest in Russia. And its President, Andrey Simanovsky, extremely active. Helps a variety of sports – local football players, hockey players, volleyball players “Uralochka” with its legendary coach Nikolai Karpolan. And the work day at his company begins with the singing of the Russian anthem. I further put it to chess, but he set a condition: “You will lead the Board of Trustees of the regional chess Federation”. And for so many years as head of. Interest in chess there is huge, ranging from the Governor and to the kids who engage in open us sections and schools already allocated room where you will enjoy the Ural Karpov chess Academy.

the candidates Tournament in chess will be opened on March 16 in Yekaterinburg

that explains why candidates accept Yekaterinburg. If you go directly to chess: are there any clear favorites in this eight?

Anatoly Karpov: There are it people with a lot of merit. Among the first five players that have qualified for the candidates tournament, there was not a single Russian. We are worried, worried. But fortunately, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Kirill Alekseenko has won three of the last tickets of the three. Such a representation is three out of eight is a great success, if you take this stage of Russian chess.

Let’s start with our own.

Anatoly Karpov: Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi in the elite came. Alekseenko young, but in his 22 years prospects ahead. He now has fulfilled certain requirements. Given that the country-organizer – Russia, Kirill has become a participant of the tournament. If we talk about Grischuk is playing at a high level. Oneako I think the best years he lost. I got carried away, and it’s no secret, poker has reached a good level. But a few years were not engaged in chess. And in that moment, in my opinion, had all the chances to go to the world champion, and maybe become a champion. Ian Nepomniachtchi has won major competitions. But something for a qualitative leap it needs. Stability, nerves? Although the understanding of the game is very high.

Who seems the most likely favorite?

Anatoly Karpov: Well, the American Fabiano Caruana has already played against Carlsen. He is one of the main favorites. Even Wang Hao and Ding Liren from China, where chess is on the rise. Well before there was played only by women, today men are at a fine level.

What can you say about Teymur Rajabov from Azerbaijan? And as you are Dutch Anish Giri?

Anatoly Karpov: Teymur stable. A Kettlebell guy from St. Petersburg. His parents left when my son was five or six years. Speaking in Russian.

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You could say, our fourth?

Anatoly Karpov: To a certain extent. And for the victory in the candidates tournament he dry.

Not too heavy load to play 14 rounds?

Anatoly Karpov: this is heavy! In the championship of the Union in which I played, was attended by 22 people. And here 14 rounds is fairly and objectively, when you play with opponents one party white, the other black.

How to believe, what would be the result of the tournament, if it was attended by the representatives of the our, rather, your national school? Expect a Frank response.

Anatoly Karpov: Now, of course, knowledge of the opening theory above, because computers and information gets easier, faster. It has a positive side. And also negative: fear of any sort of computer development, Sahmatesty refuse many schemes debut. Second: if we could invent something, come up with the idea, and she lived for a long time, well, it’s a few tournaments for sure, now all the new is one party on one day. Immediately diverge, all analyzed with the help of computer.

It is not eliminates the skill?

Anatoly Karpov: This skill reduces. It is absolutely clear that at the best of times not only I and other leading players of that era in the endgame played and knew a lot more than today.

what about Carlsen? The current world champion won the title in classical chess in 2013.

Anatoly Karpov: Carlsen is coming to our level. But he’s the only one and unique.

In Primorye ended the match for the world women’s chess crown

But some ugly, unemotional.

Anatoly Karpov: Well, well, he’s Norwegian – cold Scandinavian.

And really invincible? In 2016 in the match for the world title, he was able to beat Karjakin. Because led’s…

Anatoly Karpov: Yes, Carlsen for many years a champion, but not all his matches were straightforward. You remembered Karjakin, and then had another match with American Caruana is a very boring results, but very good wrestling content. Although they are all parties ended in a draw, but at least three of one of the parties was a crucial advantage. The weaker side managed to defend himself. Or the strongest did not use the chance.

Can someone from this group of eight, winning the tournament in Ekaterinburg, to play against Carlsen in all seriousness? In other words, to oust him from the throne?

Anatoly Karpov: I Think, not counting the Chinese, no one likely does not have. Talking about the Chinese just because I don’t know too well. They can always be some mystery.

So, Carlsen quite a long time.

Anatoly Karpov: why? We quickly emerging young talents. In his 16 years Firodia Alireza from Iran for about elite, and it grows and grows. Only that the tournament “Aeroflot-Open” was won by 14-year-old grandmaster from Azerbaijan Aydin Suleymanli. Only 13 second youngest grandmaster in chess history the Uzbek Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Become well playing the Indians. Now everything is changing very quickly. Notice that the center of young chess moved there in Asia?

how. But why in Asia, but not in the US, with their Bobby Fischer and Gata Kamsky?

Anatoly Karpov: In America never had a serious school. Kamsky, notice our. In the US, great players appear once in 50 years. After the last Fischer in this galaxy Caruana is half American and half Italian.

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Anatoly Evgenievich, you know that you are a Deputy, what we talk in your office in the Duma… But no desire to play in a serious tournament?

Anatoly Karpov: No. Going to play and play periodically. But in order to play today with the strongest… a Terrible handicap not only in age. Every day they sit for several hours, and sometimes eight, with computers. I really don’t do that. I have not only an MP. And the Foundation of the world – I’m 38 years as Chairman. Not such a large-scale organization as before. But the work is ongoing, as programs go. Then public chess activity. I have the same chess school: last year we agreed to open them in five countries. Three have already opened. Two more will open soon. And then my chess school Budut in 36 States.

And finally. We have known each other since 1975. Live to see that happy moment when on the throne will be a new Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov? From Russia, not the one who moved away from us somewhere.

Anatoly Karpov: Can. Because what we are actively doing in recent years that is part of the state program – the inclusion of chess in school curricula, the development of the mass chess and increase their mass, popularity, significance, leads to the emergence and nurturing talent.