November 10, 2010

Close-up on the GM's!

Parimarjan Negi

Country: India
Born: 9 February 1993
Title: Grandmaster
Current Fide Rating: 2603
Peak Rating: 2636 (May 2010)

On 1st July 2006, at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 22 days, he became the second youngest Grandmaster ever, second only to Sergey Karjakin, achieving his final Grandmaster norm in Satka, Russia on 1st July 2006.  He is now 17 and studies in the Amity International School as well.

Amongst many other results, we shouldn't forget:

1. Winner of the Philadelphia Open Tournament in June 2008, with a score of 7 out of 9 (undefeated).
2. Winner of the Politiken Cup in July 2009
, in Copenhagen, with 8.5 out of 10. 

Besides being a chess prodigy and despite his early age achievements, Parimarjan is a very nice person, very modest and interesting to talk with. He likes to read Ayn Read's books and he is also interested in Psychology. (like me:)

Here are a few questions that he kindly answered during breakfast-time in Hoogeveen. 

Alina: Which is the place you would love to visit?
Parimarjan: My home, I tend to be more like a guest lately.

A: Favourite drink:
P: Sprite.

A: If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say?
P: If I would be on the front won't be for a serial killer report, for sure:)

A: What makes you angry?
P: Losing a game.

A: Which is your wish that is not yet fulfilled?
P: To beat Erwin! (that's my husband:)

A: Name one regret that you have...
P: That I don't feel like a chess genius.

A: If you could give the world one piece of advice, what would it be?
P: Read Ayn Rand!

A: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass on to your children, what would it be?
P: Maybe they should take them from their mother:)

A: One of your best games:
P: Postny - Parimarjan 2006.

A: If someone was to give you one gift, what would you want to receive?
P: A ticket to an Eminem's concert.

A: Favourite book...
P: I like so many books, difficult question:) But to name one: "Fountainhead", by Ayn Rand.

A: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
P: Somewhere on this planet, hopefully:)

A: How do your recover after a terrible lost game?
P: I go to sleep, it makes you forget:)

A: If you could pick any career, what would you want to be?
P: Author, or something that would bring me a lot of money:)

A: If you could choose to have a superpower, what would that be?
P: To read everyone's mind.

Thank you Parimarjan and good luck!


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