Russell Sherwood Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Introduction (Russell Sherwood)
Today we are joined by an up and coming star of CC, Ivan Panitevesky, both in playing and organising terms.
I'm 27, single, live at the Sakhalin island, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk town. I love chess, especially by correspondence. I've been playing chess for 15 years (corr chess from 2009 started from play with my friend and then at bestlogic.ru). I have a technical secondary education, currently working computer technician in a geological surveys company. I live in a private home with my family (my parents and brother). We have own fruit and vegetable garden, 5 cats and one dog.
What I like in chess (and sports in general) is fairplay and friendly games.
In chess, I learned to play with my grandfather. In 2003, I started buying chess books and solving problems. Quite quickly my hobby was the examination of the progress of the games of the great chess players of earlier eras.
Then I went to the chess club, where for a few months I approached the candidate's standard for a master of sports (but could not get it). Entering the technical school, after classes I stayed in a circle of chess players and played with a teacher in mathematics, as well as with students.
Since I did not have enough time to play over the board chess, I started playing on the Internet. Started with the bestlogic.ru site. I found several chess Internet resources and forums, I learned about the possibilities of the game by correspondence. Six years i played at the Bestlogic, then began a career in the ICCF.
I want to note that my main method of choosing the move is manual work. Before I make a move, I carefully check all nuances on the computer and even if it advises me on an idea that I do not like - I will not do it. Often you have to choose between several solutions with approximately the same eval. The most important thing here is what move and variation I like personally.
1. Briefly Tell us about Yourself?
I'm 27 years old, I love chess by correspondence and play for fun.
2. How did you get involved in Chess?
With the help of my grandfather, who instilled a love for chess.
3. When and how did you get interested in Correspondence Chess?
It happened in the early 2000s. I knew about this on the Internet.
4. What do you like about Correspondence Chess?
I like that you can communicate with players from all over the world. That you can make a move at any time, very convenient time controls. You can achieve a lot without leaving home.
5. What are your Correspondence Chess Career Highlights?
I was able to qualify for WCCC Candidates, get a rating of 2500+ and the SIM title It means a lot to me.
6. What do you think an aspiring player should do to improve their game?
it seems to me, you first need to love chess, and then make every effort to improve. Everything will turn out. Also to improve - it is important to play with a stronger opponent.
7. Do you have an overall strategy when you start a game or Tournament?
My main strategy is not to rush anywhere. This is basic. And, of course, to a particular tournament, I put a specific goal (for example, play sharply or calmly). And I prepare for each opponent separately.
8. How do you select your moves, what is your general method?
The main thing is not to make a move, based only on the engine's opinion. My main method is for every move made to make me trust. To do this, we have to consider many options and possible responses of the opponent.
9. With so many draws in Correspondence Chess, what do you try to do to generate wins?
Of course, for this, you need to play sharp openings! For example, the King's Indian Defence. This is the best way to achieve results! It is also very important to put small traps in which the opponent can get caught. It can be a subtle strategic trap, based on nuances that are inaccessible to the engine.
10. What are your future aspirations in Correspondence Chess?
I plan to reach the WCCC final and also become a grandmaster and ICCF International arbiter.
11. What are your favourite Openings and why?
it is King's Indian Defence. Because in this opening there is a very lively game. Engines do not understand how to act, and there is a lot of room for human creativity. Even with black pieces against very strong opponents, I have a chance to seize the initiative!
12. If you could ask a Legendary player, alive or historical, once question about Chess, what would it be?
If this is a player of the past era, I would ask if he believes that there will be a computer in future that human cannot beat? And if this person live is our age, I will ask if he believes that there may be a person who can beat a modern computer?
13. Do you have a Favourite Chess Book or DVD? If so what?
Chess encyclopedia (Vladimir Linder, Isaak Linder).
14. Do you have a Favourite player? If so who?
My favourite chess players are Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Tal. Their books, their games helped in my becoming a chess player.