A: I learned the moves at about seven but studied my first chess book at the age of twelve. I started my first tournament at the age of 13. I was pretty serious already at 13.
Q: I’m a patzer [weak player – editor] but (when I used to play) I found that if I went over tactical problems before or during a tournament, I was sharper and more likely to find tactics in my games. Is this still relevant at your level? Do you try to solve tactical problems while you’re training?
A: Yes this is always good. I solve combinations to sharpen up just before the tournament.
Q: How much use of computer software do you make in your preparation? Do you make effective use of large games databases and programmes like Chessbase?
A: Chessbase is a must for any chess player in our time and generation. I use chess software quite extensively.