Developing Chess Talent | April 21, 2010 1:59

The Monday Questions (6) for GM Artur Jussupow

arturWe formulated ten questions related to Developing Chess Talent and every Monday we'll ask them to an interesting personality in the chess world. Artur is a good friend, a very busy man and as he explained totally not into all sorts of modern social networking, which in his view may be a serious waste of time. Since he cannot fail in this series we have his quick answers anyway.

1. Please introduce yourself (name, age, nationality, etc.)!
Artur, 50, German.

2. What is your role in the chess world?
Chess trainer.

3. How did you develop your chess talent as a kid?
Played games, learned from other players and chess trainers, read good chess books.

4. Who had a profound influence on your chess development?
Mark Dvoretsky is my most important chess teacher. Without Mark I would never be a Junior world champion and a candidate for the world championship. As a coach I profit very much from our previous work. Mark is a good friend and for me he is the best trainer in the world.

5. What are your favourite sports besides chess?

6. What would be your advice for young people?
Read good books, analyse your own games, study the chess classics.

7. What has your main concern in life besides chess?
To be a decent person.

8. What is the best chess game you played?
Maybe my game against Andrey Sokolov, Soviet Championship, Moscow 1988.

9. What's your connection with 'Developing Chess Talent'?
"Chief adviser" of the project.

10. What question do you miss and what would be your answer?
This was the most difficult question.

    Background information

  • These interviews are produced for the Facebook Group Developing Chess Talent
  • Chessvibes is hosting them here and they will be linked to from the Facebook Group
  • The book Developing Chess Talent is written by Karel van Delft and Merijn van Delft and can be ordered via


arkan's picture

Well you can certainly notice he is "a very busy man" by his lack of real answers ...

Arthur's picture

It's hard to imagine that such a brief interview consisting of ten simple, almost childlike, questions can be of much value. I would be sorry to see other well-known chessplayers subjected to such trivia.

test's picture

To be honest I feel the same way.

If I would have the chance to ask players questions I would ask questions about current issues that are frequently discussed in the chess world like:

What do think about Sofie rules. Fide time controls. The WC cycle. The zero tolerance rule. Bilbao scoring. Banning of mobile phones. Anti cheating measures. Ilyumzhinov. Etc.

I think that would be much more interesting for everybody.

Dimos's picture

I feel that personal questions,however simple,Do make the difference!

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