Chess.com Player Profiles: IM Valeri Lilov
What music are you currently grooving to?
I like different types of music: When I work I like pop from the 80s and 90s. I also like classical music, but that requires you to really focus. I am a fan of movie soundtracks too, like the music from the Transformers: It really gets me pumped up and after three minutes I feel like I am able to win any chess game! Then there is the music from ”The Tree of Life” – not the Brad Pitt movie, but tracks made by someone called Audiomachine.
How do you train chess?
I do mainly two things: First I do thematic studies, like ”Guess the move” in grandmaster games. It´s enlightening. Then I study theoretical things – endgame studies and so on. I like to highlight the moment in a game when the player wins. I make pointers: When did the position get better, what did moving his d and e pawn do in the game etcetera.
What do you do when you relax?
Mainly I like to og outside and enjoy nature. I also like watching tv shows like ”Breaking Bad” with my dad, smart shows. Then of course I like to go to the movies very much.
Who is your favorite chess player?
There are a few, but the one that has had the most impact on my game is Alexander Alekhine. Through him chess became an art for me, and I began teaching. Alekhine was like a true painter of the game, he taught me how to be creative in chess. His games are like a symphony on the board.
Aleksander Alekhine - the fourth World Chess Champion. A creative genius and one of the greatest artists of the chess board.
What five words do you think best describe you?
Wise. Honest. Loving. Passionate. And well, let me think, Improvising. I am an improviser, and I always improvise with almost anything.
Is there any lesson you’ve learned in chess that resonates in your real life?
The most important lesson I learned from chess is patience. You can always take time and improve your position. To analyze your situation and keep searching, the more you get into it, slowly you will find something better, something more optimal than what is in front of your eyes in the present moment.
Do you have any thoughts on how Chess.com can get even better?
I think it would be great to see a social system on Chess.com – not just the tools and profiles, blogs and so on, but more like Facebook in a way, a version of Chess.com that would make it easier to communicate. I think that would attract more people, if Chess.com would implement a real social environment to make interaction between the users easier.