Interview with young Chinese superstar Hou Yifan

– Yifan, how many times did you visit Nalchik?

– I am in Nalchik for the second time. I was here in 2008 on the Chess Championship.

– Do you like this town?

– I like it very much, because the air is fresher than in China, the vegetation is beautiful and very
green. People are very kind. It is nice here.

– You live in Beijing now. What do you like more: big cities or small towns like Nalchik?

– I prefer living in big cities just for several days. But for long living I prefer only small towns.

– What means of traveling do you prefer?

– Metro is not so fast and usually I use it. But I prefer bicycle.

– Do you like the local cuisine or you prefer the Chinese?

– The local food is good, but usually I prefer the Chinese.

– Do you have many friends?

– Yes, the majority of them are from the chess world.

– What other kinds of sports are you keen of? Do you have any hobby?

– I like swimming and also I am fond of skipping-rope. Sometimes I like learning something new, now I am studying English.

– Do you like to sing, what about karaoke?

– I visited it for several times and tried to sing, but I like listening more.

– Do you spend a lot of time with a computer?

– Yes, that’s why I am the person wearing spectacles.

– Well, do you often use the Internet to play chess?

– Not much. I usually prefer playing with my coache or with other chess-players.

– Do you like traveling and how many countries did you visit?

– Yes, I like traveling very much; I visited more than ten countries. Most of all I liked France.

– Did you visit some fashion boutiques there?

– No, that time I was younger than now and I just went sightseeing. I visited interesting places and I liked Eiffel Tower very much.

– Do you spend a lot of time to choose your dress?

– No. I make my decision very quickly. I just don’t like some colors. My favorites are purple and black and white.

– With whom do you like to travel?

– I don’t like traveling alone. When I am with my coach, he helps me in chess. When I travel with my mother, she helps me in my daily life. I feel comfortable with both of them.

– What country are you going to visit next time?

– I will visit several tournaments in China, and then I will go to the next Grand Prix in Armenia, Jermuk.

– Would you like to win?

– Now I don’t think about it, I just play chess.

– Is chess the most important thing in your life now?

– Yes, maybe chess is the most important thing in my life, but studying and some others things are also important for me.

I wish you good luck.

Thank you.

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