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Exclusive interview with GM Vassily Ivanchuk
Note that this exclusive interview with GM Vassily Ivanchuk was taken one day before he became the Jermuk Grand Prix Champion.  Congratulations GM Ivanchuk!

The enigmatic and spectacular Vassily Ivanchuk was kind enough to grant an interview during the tournament, something he understandably prefers not to do.  Lilit Mkrtchian sat down with the chess superstar over dinner, in a friendly atmosphere, accompanied by his second: IM Manuel Leon Hoyos.
 
-GM Ivanchuk, how did start your cooperation with IM Hoyos?


-It is an interesting story. I was invited to Mexico in 2007 to play in some simultaneous games and give lectures. And I thought I would go there, relax, enjoy my time and take it easy. I didn’t take even my computer. Meanwhile, the Morelia-Linares tournament was to be taking place at the same time. And if you remember, Radjabov refused to play at the last minute and the organizers invited me to take part in the tournament.  I couldn’t reject such an offer, and frantically began searching for a second, someone who could be of help with computer analysis.  As such, I started working with IM Hoyos and happily our cooperation has continued.  He has accompanied me to several tournaments, and likewise he is here with me in Jermuk.

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Interview with GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Rustam, you have come to Jermuk without a trainer, isn't it difficult to compete without a trainer?
 
Of course it is very difficult to get ready for the match without a trainer, but on the other hand it is easier to be focused on chess alone. There are some tournaments in which I participate without a trainer, and in others I take a trainer, so it is very difficult to say in which case I’m more successful. Both cases have their advantages.
 
And what about trips with your wife?

 
Surely, it is much more pleasant when my wife is with me, but we have children and we don’t want to leave them alone for a long time. So that is the reason why we do not travel together very often: only once or twice a year.

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Interview with GM Svetozar Gligoric (continuation)
Below we present the second part of the interview with Svetozar Gligoric, Honorary Guest of the Tigran Petrosian 80th anniversary Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk, Armenia.  GM and Chief Organizer Smbat Lputian sat down to have a lengthy and warm discussion with the esteemed 86 year old Gligoric, who has made his muti-faceted mark on the chess world as a top-ten player, noteworthy theorist, eloquent commentator, inspiring journalist as well as a tournament organizer and arbiter.  Read part one of the interview here.

SL: How would you assess the current state of affairs in the chess world, and how would you asses the quality of the chess being played here in Jermuk?

SG: Of course I am pleased with the overall quality of play here in Armenia, and there have been some truly outstanding games.  It is my opinion that today, playing chess is much, much harder than it was back in the times when I played.  Nowadays, players are extraordinarily well-prepared, and the creative aspect of the game has diminished.  The role of the internet and the ubiquitous presence of computers are significant, and players are obliged to be aware of the latest information and topical lines.  On top of that, players are compelled to come up with new ideas, something that is not so easy to do in this day and age.
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Interview with GM Pavel Eljanov
With Sergey Karjakin and his beautiful wife Katya together in Jermuk, the young couple has been the object of interviews, photos and well-wishing by the spectators and chess fans.  But, the young GM is not the only one with good news from his personal life.  Pavel Eljanov also recently tied the knot, but traveled to Jermuk alone.  Focusing on his work instead for these two weeks, Eljanov in fact came to Jermuk with his second GM Zahar Efimenko. As his trusty second was close by during the interview, the two demonstrated what a good working team they are and answered many of Press Officer Lilit Mkrtchian’s questions together.

-Pavel, Congratulations on your marriage. Why did your wife not accompany you here in Jermuk?

-Thank you Lilit. She works and unfortunately, because she was unable to be absent from work, she couldn’t come. I should say that her presence has only been positive for me. She was with me in some tournaments I played in before our marriage and I performed very well in all of them.

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