Alexander Grischuk: It is nice to know that you are not the only one who has no clue!

Alexander Grischuk: It is nice to know that you are not the only one who has no clue!

In the 8th round the Russian grandmaster Alexander Grischuk defeated his compatriot Sergey Karjakin in a tense game. After the game the players attended a press-conference.

– It was a very complicated and sharp game. If there were no press-conference, would you start analyzing it by yourself, or go home and ask the computer’s opinion?

Grischuk: I think it is always interesting to discuss it with the opponent, even if it has no objective value, and computer would show everything right. But I’d like to know what my opponent thought about the game! Sometimes you just do not have a clue about the events in the game, but when you begin discussing it with the opponent, it turns out he does not have a clue either. And it gets better – after all, our opponents are not the worst chess players in the world.

Karjakin: Thank you, I appreciated your hint about the opponent who does not have a clue! As for the question, I think I would prefer discussing the game with the opponent. It is interesting even if you lose. And then I would go and ask the computer to check what was right and what was wrong.

– What do you think about the new coach of the Russian national team Andrey Filatov?

Grischuk: To be honest, I still think this is some kind of joke. I don’t mean anything bad, I just think that Andrey Filatov is a very busy man, and I don’t know why would he need it…

Karjakin: As far as I understand he becomes our trainer on Januray 1. I can’t wait to send him some of my chess questions. I am very curious about his reply (smiles).