: The game between Kosintseva sisters ended unexpectedly…
: All our games end with a draw. To say the truth last time when we played at the World Blitz Championship against each other, we decided to play because it was a blitz. We were interested to see what will happen. As a result we had 1:1. I won one game and Nadya won 1 game as well, so we anyway had an equal score. But we don’t play against each other in classical chess.
: I remember in 1997 you had a resultative game. Who won at that time?
: Yes, right, it happened at the Championship U-12 in St. Petersburg.
: Nadya won at that time.
: What has been changed since then?
: In fact we have ever played only two games against each other:
that Russian Championship U-12 in Petersburg and another Russian
Championship U-20. At the Championship U-20 we were outsiders, both of
us had few points. A draw would have not changed the situation. We
decided that probably one of us would have had another chance to fight
for better place and prize. As a result, as far as I remember, we were
playing a very long game and finished the last. Anyway we made a draw.
After these agonies we decided that we will not play against each other
anymore. We will sort things out at home and at the official tournaments
a draw is a law.
: What if there would be a situation when a victory would
guarantee the first place for one of you. Would you anyway make a draw
or would you fight? If I am not mistaken there were such situations at
the Russian championships…
: We had this kind of situation at the last round of the Russian
Superfinals. Nadya’s victory would have given her a chance to share the
first place whereas my victory would have guaranteed me the third one.
Finally we made a draw and Nadya became the second and I was the fourth.
These situations happen and of course they are not pleasant especially
when we play against each other in the last round.
: We think that if we have not managed to gain points in the
first rounds or we have missed something, this is our own entire fault.
Any result of our game would be anyway considered as prearranged, we are
sisters after all. So a draw is a law.
: what are you planning to do in this half-rest day?
: we are not planning anything special. We will walk around the
city. In fact it is a normal day for us, tomorrow is the next game. So,
we should not relax.
: you are traveling a lot. Where did you like most of all among
your latest trips? Which country, city, maybe some there was the most
memorable excursion in one of the rest days?
: Last time we were in China, just a few days before the start
of this tournament. We remember one excursion most of all. The
organizers took us to watch one of the popular water shows with a
lightning and illumination in West Lake. It happened in the evening so
everything was very beautiful and unusual. The producer of this show was
a man who staged the Olympic Games opening ceremony. So you can imagine
a scale of this show. This is what we remember from the latest trips.
: what are you expecting from the rest day here?
: They say it will be a fascinating and intense day. We are very interested what the organizers have prepared for us.
: Coming back to our tournament: how do you estimate your chances and who of the participants you see as favorites?
: The tournament has just started; an intrigue is ahead as it
happens in all women’s tournaments. Everything will be decided in the
last rounds, most probably in the final one. In fact, it is very
difficult to name the favorites, especially in the women’s tournaments. I
think all participants can show good results under the condition of a
wish and good shape. I think the attention of the observers would be
attracted and an intrigue would be developed.
: Tanya, what is your opinion?
: I also think that everything is just starting. Today is the
third round, a real fight is ahead. The truth is that Hou Yifan has
gained the lead, she has 2/2. In fact all the games are interesting and
complicated. All participants have set themselves to fight. As Nadya
said everything will be decided in the last rounds. Everybody will meet
each other at the chess board. Everything will be defined at the end.
: the last but not the least question: are you superstitious?
: Probably every chess player has some traditions and
superstitions. For instance some prefer to come to the games in one and
the same outfit. Maybe I had the same superstitions at some stage. Now
it went on the back burner. I don’t have any favorite pen, no lucky
amulet, and no pencil. It is difficult to say; most probably I try to
stick to a regime: I wake up early, get ready to a game. Nothing
special, like all other chess players.
: Tanya, what about you?
: I agree with Nadya: most probably we were superstitious before.
It is not topical now. The most important now is to concentrate before a
game. As Nadya said the most important for us is to stick to a regime
which is defined by every single chess player.