Interview with Konstantin Chingin By Ants Soosõrv, 2005 In 2003 you got the 4th place 2,5 from winner. This time the 3rd place and only half a point less than the winner. Are you satisfied with your result?
In 2003 you got the 4th place 2,5 from winner. This time the 3rd place and only half a point less than the winner. Are you satisfied with your result? Yes, I am satisfied with my result. I realize I was lucky during the entire tournament, so it could have been worse but unlikely on the contrary.
What were your expectations before tournament? Did you hope to get 8 points? I hoped to get among the top 7 to save Russian national place in AT.
Can you compare this final with AT in Vadstena? Which one was stronger? It is difficult for me to compare two last World Championships but definitely both could have been much stronger than they were.
Was it difficult for you to get into the Russian team for WC 2005? Yes, it was very difficult to get into the Russian team for me. I did not manage to get into top 3 neither in Russian Championship 2005 nor in Russian Qualification for WC, so I got into AT only thanks to better average results during two years in Russia.
What do you think, was trio – Savrasova, Artemyev, Chingin – best what Russia could have directly in AT? =) (As a very delicate and modest person Kostya refused to answer longer – editor)
You won all 5 games against players at the bottom level of the tournament, but you were not so successful against top players. Why? Were your tactics good enough? I don’t think it is a matter of tactics. I think it is normal if you get more points from the players at the bottom level of the tournament than from the ones in the top.
Was the feeling same playing against Yulia as it was against other players? For me it was the same, maybe it is because I have played many times against her before WC.
How much did you prepare for the tournament? I never prepare for particular tournaments, just analyze something if I have free time.
And how often do you have free time and how much do you analyze? I don’t analyze regularly. It depends on my mood mostly. Sometimes it happens that I don’t touch renju board for months just because I have no intention to do it (though it could be ok with free time =))
What were the weak sides of tournament organisation in WC? I didn’t notice any though I tried.
What is the most exciting place where you would like to go for a renju tournament? California maybe?
Do you have any clear opinion what should be renju opening rules in future? No.
You come from a famous “renju place” in Russia – Zhigulyovsk. How is the situation with renju there now? Thanks to activity of Sergey Gruzin there have always been very many young talented players in Zhigulyovsk. Unfortunately they show up rarely even in Russian tournaments, the main problem is money as usual…