Anna Muzychuk: “Finally my efforts were rewarded”
The Slovenian player Anna Muzychuk held a press-conference after winning the World Blitz Championship.
– Anna, how important is this victory for you? How prestigious is winning the Blitz Championship?
– I am very happy about this achievement.
– You visited the press-center two days ago. You were in the lead, but there were many interesting events since that time. Tell us about the next two days of the tournament.
– As you remember, the first day was quite successful for me – I led with a decent margin. Yesterday was a tough day, I didn’t score many points, but the opponents were very strong. I tried to do my best and was a bit disappointed yesterday, but today things went much better.
– Do you mean the first game of the second day, when you blundered badly against Stefanova? How did you recover after such stress?
– Yes, it was horrible. I handled the game well, but blew it by blundering a mate in one. Fortunately, it didn’t knock me off, quite contrary: I was very aggressive in the second game and managed to even the score.
– What was your mood today?
– As I said, I was disappointed about the second day, but today I looked forward to winning after playing 10 more games.
– Anna, you were very close to the first place many times, but often finished second or tied for the first. As far as I know, this is your first clear big win. Is this a rewarding feeling?
– Indeed, I was close to the top many times, but didn’t win many titles. Finally my efforts were rewarded!
– Who supported you during the tournament and how will you celebrate?
– First of all, my sister – she was here, as well as my parents. I dedicate this victory to my father, tomorrow is his birthday. Hopefully the weather will be fine, and tomorrow we’ll celebrate it together. I also received support from my friends and English stream commentator Evgeny Miroshnichenko.
– Did you receive any congratulations from Slovenian authorities?
– When I tied for the third place at the European championship, I received congratulations from the Slovenian Prime Minister. So far there was nothing, because the tournament just ended, but one thing is for certain: there will be no celebratory meeting in Slovenia, because I’ll travel to Ukraine.
Kosteniuk is way better than this patzer. This is FIDE’s plan to discriminate against the chessqueen.
When was it?
She is great. Kosteniuk sucks (fortunately).