Boris Gelfand Interview Part 2

Boris Gelfand Interview Part 2

Nov 21, 2012, 2:13 PM |

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[Part 1]

   A couple of weeks ago, I posted a link to a lengthy interview with 2012 World Chess Championship runner-up Boris Gelfand as its subject. A little time has passed since, so I am here now to post the link to part 2 of the interview, featured at WhyChess.

   In this segment, Gelfand talks about Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and about chess, in general, coming under the great grey cloud of computers, depicted especially in a quote like this:

"Chess is changing under the influence of the computer, and if you do not adapt to these changes, you will end up on the scrap heap of history."

and this one:

   "It seems to me that we now have a generation to whom ratings are important, and not just in chess. They watch highly-rated films, and read highly-rated books."

   But the interview (at least this part) brings you more into Gelfand, the man: His likes when it comes to music or sports; his daily patterns and routines that he goes through; he does not like films. Here's why:

   "Chess demands such concentration, that I cannot focus on something else for an hour and a half."

   It's an interesting article and he lets you in on what makes him tick---what he likes, doesn't like and why. As far as I could tell, he doesn't avoid or redirect a question that is asked of him. It's a very laid back interview as you'll see from just his responses.

   So, if you're interested and have time, give it a look, and stay locked on to for all your News and chess needs. Have a great night.  Cool