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Interview with Maia Chiburdanidze
Friday, 02 July 2010

You have been in Armenia many times! What are your first impressions about the city of Jermuk?

I am enjoying my visit to Jermuk and I am ready to come here again.

Which of the previous Grand Prix tournaments was more successful for you and what was the reason of it?

I have played only one leg, but it was unsuccessful.

What expectations and objectives do you have from this tournament?

As God may give.

All Grand Prix tournaments have rather strong participants. What can you say about the participants of this tournament? Do you think there are favorites?

This tournament has strong players too.  There are favorites, of course, but surprises and unexpectedness are much more to be expected.

Which important traits do you appreciate in people? How do you want to see the world champion?

Traits: honesty. The champion should be humble but with inner strength.

The Grand Prix men’s tournament was devoted to the 80th anniversary of the world champion Tigran Petrosian and this tournament is devoted to the 100th anniversary of the famous chess composer Genrikh Kasparian. Are you familiar with his creations?

I like his beautiful compositions very much. It is always hard for me to solve them.
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