What are the perfect interview questions to ask a master ?

  • #121
    chessmaster102 wrote:
    lol first troll thats aactually tells a good joke here. =)

    That's only because you didn't get any of the rest of them.

  • #122
    splitleaf wrote:

    Why are bananas so cheap?

     

     

    And why is cottage cheese so expensive?  I mean, who even likes it?

  • #123
    rooperi wrote:

    One of my favourite book titles:

     

    LOL

  • #124
    hoynck wrote:

    If you were a wife, you could ask about mating patterns.

    Ah, I'll bet cm102 is in stitches again.

  • #125
    waffllemaster wrote:

    I'm not trying to say titled players have wasted their time.  But for those that weren't whipped into masters before adulthood, you've had to spend a lot of time to get to where you are.  Basically I wonder if you ever regret it

    As for me, sometimes I do (until I come across threads like this one).

  • #126
    AndyClifton wrote:
    chessmaster102 wrote:
    lol first troll thats aactually tells a good joke here. =)

    That's only because you didn't get any of the rest of them.

    I understood them just not funnny.... to me that is

  • #127

    Well, good to see you aren't begrudging the rest of us our little chuckles. Smile

  • #128

    When the Almighty created the universe, do you believe He was guilty of "Playing Magnus Carlsen?"

  • #129

    How old were you when you got serious about chess ?

    Thirteen.

     

    Are you self taught in chess or did you get lessons from a master ?

     

    I was completely self-taught for the first few years (up to about 1900 strength) before I took my first lesson from a titled player. Even then I've probably had just 15-20 lessons from titled players.

     

    What do you think are the primary ingredients in a chessplayer ?

     

    A love of the game, fighting spirit, creative impulse, an urge to seek "the Truth" (whatever that means!).

     

    What do you do nowadays to get better at chess ? How do you train ?

     

    Primarily I play Grandmasters in tournaments and study the opening well into the middlegame in order to assimilate as many new patterns as possible.

    How do you deal with the stress and strain of chess sometimes ?

    Physical exercise. A mix of cardio and some minor weight lifting. During a tournament, I will briefly review my game immediately after its conclusion (with my opponent or computer) and then try to completely forget about chess until shortly before the next round. I'll turn on the TV or surf the web or just take a nap.

  • #130

    Whats your favorite chess book ?

     

    Too many to list, unfortunately. I am an avid reader of chess books!

     

    What do you ask yourself before making a move ?

     

    Typical things I might ask myself is: have I overlooked a tactic, is this a critical moment in the game (and, therefore, should I spend more time?), what is my opponent planning, etc.

     

    What is or was your favorite type of opposition to play against ? (up 1 section your own section someone 400+ stronger)

     

    I have always wanted (and liked) to play people stronger than myself: both for the competition and also because the chance of learning something new is higher than playing someone my own strength or weaker.

     

    What was the best advice given to you in chess ?

     

    I've received a lot of good advice over the years from various sources. Some were: always play people stronger than you, if your opponent is stronger than yourself and he offers a draw don't take it, never offer or accept draws in general, study what interests you, sleep well and eat well during a tournament, I could go on!

     

    Whats your style of play ?

     

    I have tried very hard not to have a style (remembering Karpov's famous line: "Style? I have no style"). Having a style means having a weakness, or means you tend to shy away from types of positions. When you play Grandmasters on a regular basis, they will quickly find the holes in your overall game and exploit them ruthlessly. If you don't like endgames, you had better develop a liking for them if you want to improve!

  • #131

    Thank you, MichiganEagle, for the interview! I enjoyed reading through it.

  • #132

    Yes! Excellent interview! Those were some very good answers.

    (I still think we should have asked about his Uncle Jack.)Tongue Out

  • #133

    thanks you could have also jusst PM me but its great to see a pro willing to share his perspective from my interview questions.Smile

  • #134

    Most interviews are filled with the same mindless questions, over and over again. In my view, the best interview is created when you let the master ASK and ANSWER his own questions. It's that simple.

  • #135

    Ah yes, the joys of watching masters talk to themselves. Smile

  • #136

    I'm afraid you missed an important question that on a certain level affects us all: why does a kangaroo have three vagina's and two wombs? Maybe I should ask coach Heisman.

  • #137
    JDzokic wrote:

    I don't think the really intellectually rigorous stuff starts until you are ~2100- 2200 or so. then all of sudden improvement starts to come much slower than before, takes much longer, requires more consistent focus, study etc. you begin to have to "hone" calculation and visualization processes in a variety of semi-disturbing ways. and, finally, you have to start learning a little something about openings/theory.

    You're obviously not speaking from personal experience, so what are your sources for these beliefs?

  • #138

    1) When you choose an opening do you choose it because of its

    a) variations

    b)tempo

    c)aggressive style?

    2) When you play is it your preference to use quiet development with deeper strategy or more forcing moves involving immediate tactics, and why?

  • #139
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