Thursday, July 7, 2011

Part Three of Boris Gelfand Interview is Published

Shay Bushinksy interviewed Boris Gelfand shortly after Gelfand's unexpected triumph in the 2011 Candidates' Matches. I posted links to part one and part two of the interview. The third installment has just been published. Gelfand's comments about clock management are valuable for tournament players and interesting for those who study sports psychology: "I strictly refrained from making a move thinking he (Alexander Grischuck) wouldn’t find the answer due to his time trouble. It’s a matter of self-control--to avoid being addicted to his clock." Such "self control" may sound simple and obvious to someone who has never experienced chess combat firsthand but it is actually one of the most challenging aspects of chess mastery.

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