Serjey Karjakin vs. Alexandra Kosteniuk – 2003 – How to be a Chess Grandmaster Series




When did you learn chess and who taught you?

I started to play chess when I was 5 and my father was my first teacher.

When did you begin playing tournaments and how did you do?

I went to chess club at 6 and slowly started to participate in tournaments. At the beginning it was not easy, but very quickly I started to improve and win tournaments!

When did you begin making legitimate progress in your game and How?

I became Ukraine and European champion under 10, when I was 9. It was
probably my first big victories.

Can you recall a specific turning point?

I won against my first chess coach when I was 7, and I felt very happy at
that moment.

What are your top book recommendations for beginner to intermediate players?

It is always important to learn the books of all world champions. I liked Alechjin the most and I learned a lot from his books!

What are your top book recommendations for advanced players?

Books of Kasparov, Dorfman, Dvoretsky and for the 2500+ – Kasparyan.

How did you become a GM?

I worked a lot with many different chess coaches, with father, alone with computer. It was result of big work and young chess players have to understand that with out big work it is impossible to became GM.

How does preparation and study vary among players of different levels?

Professional chess players mostly work on the openings, but at the beginning young chess players have to study endgame, and middlegame as well.

What is next in your chess career?

My dream is to become world champion. At the moment I am 4th in the
world and I still have something to improve.

Nature or Nurture: Do you think top chess players are born with a
natural ability/gift or do they become so talented through hard work and the
right environment?

I think that top chess players are both talented and hard-worker. It is impossible to become top, with out this 2 things.

How do you feel about cheating in chess? (specific deterrents/punishments?)

Chess is game for gentlemen and I hate cheaters. They should be punished, for example on 5 years.

Who is your favorite player and why?

I don’t have idol and I try to improve my own play in order to be the best!

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[Event “Dannemann Match”]
[Site “Brissago SUI”]
[Date “2003.02.04”]
[EventDate “2003.02.01”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Sergey Karjakin”]
[Black “Alexandra Kosteniuk”]
[ECO “B32”]
[WhiteElo “2547”]
[BlackElo “2456”]
[PlyCount “67”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6
7. Na3 b5 8. Nd5 Nce7 9. c4 Nxd5 10. exd5 bxc4 11. Nxc4 Nf6
12. Be3 Rb8 13. Be2 Be7 14. a4 O-O 15. O-O Bb7 16. Nb6 Nd7
17. a5 f5 18. f3 Nxb6 19. Bxb6 Qd7 20. b4 Bd8 21. Be3 Bf6
22. Rb1 Qf7 23. Bc4 Rfc8 24. Qd3 Ra8 25. Rfc1 Qh5 26. Bb3 Bg5
27. Qd2 Bxe3+ 28. Qxe3 Qf7 29. Qb6 Bxd5 30. Qxa6 Rxc1+
31. Rxc1 Rxa6 32. Rc8+ Qe8 33. Rxe8+ Kf7 34. Ra8 1-0


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