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Friday, 27 August 2010

The rules are simple - send us your questions and see them featured in the weekly Q&A column!

Q1: Why do many top players in countries such as Russia, England, France, etc. avoid playing in the national championships?
A1: Sometimes it's simply a matter of circumstances. In other cases there are conflicts with the federation or lack of motivation (financial, competitive, etc.). Both sides are responsible here: players should be more respectful towards their national championships, but the federations should also find ways of motivating their top guys to participate.

Q2: When is the next Women World Championship? What is your current world rank among women?
A2: In December, 2010 in Turkey. 15, I guess.

Q3: Are you planning to be a full-time chess player or become a lawyer, model, etc.?
A3: We never know. In the next few years I feel like being a chess pro. After then we shall see...

Q4: Is the Dutch popular among top players these days? Why?

A4: No, it's not that popular nowadays since modern theory states that White has an advantage there. Also, it's a matter of chess fashion. As variations are getting refuted or improved, the trends change.

Q5: What tools do you rely on in your opening preparation?
A5: Mainly chess databases - Chess Assistant, ChessBase. Also (occasionally) opening books, recently played games and advice of my GM-friends.

Q6: I'm planning to become a grandmaster and play chess full-time. Will it earn me a lot of money?
A6: It normally takes over 10 years of hard work to become a GM even for talented people. Depends on what you mean by "a lot", but an average (non-elite and non-coaching, etc.) GM makes less than $50k per year.

Q7: I want to increase my rating. Should I wipe out a lower-rated tournament or play against stronger opposition?
A7: If you wish to improve and increase your rating in the long run, it's better to "play up". Just make sure the field is not excessively strong (or you might lose all the games and hardly learn anything). Scoring next-to-perfect results in lower-rated groups is also a valuable experience, but you still need to face more skilled opponents to improve.

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1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:09 27 2010 .
Can you suggest a beginner chess book please? Also, what online sites for chess play do you suggest? Thank you!
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:25 27 2010 .
So what's better in chess, a good offense or a good defense?

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