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Henrikh Chepukaitis
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For fun and in earnest. Part 1

We have got as a guest many times champion of Leningrad - St.-Petersburg, Moscow etc. cities in lightning game (blitz), Master of sports of the USSR, the champion of Russia among veterans in 2003, the author of numerous publications, the poet, the great-grandson of baron Muenchauzen. Here is what he has told us about himself.

The triple champion of the Baku air defense zone appeared in Leningrad 1957. In those years the agiotage around of the blitz-championship of Leningrad was at a quite high level. There were many grand masters - Korchnoi, Furman, Tolush, Taimanov, Spassky. And masters were those who became grand masters Mark Tsejtlin, for example, and others. I have managed already to get into the city final next year and beat all "grandmasters''. Nobody has known me, a these first-ranker yet, and I have divided the second - to fourth places together with M.Taimanov and B.Spassky. V.Korchnoi won the first place having lost to me and Spassky. There were three prizes. Korchnoi was given a TV set, Taimanov and Spassky a photocamera each... Tournament organizers left uneasy, and they brought me similar one the following day. But so far as I worked at the LOMO, I was not in need of it at all. An attempt to pass it a commission shop of second rate things was not crowned with success. I was told one should wait for better time because they had the similar ones already... Further on I played serious chess with not a very serious result. I played 17 times in Leningrad final "chess classics", but all this experiences was "an empty number". Once I even had castling out of eleven zeroes!

And what is it so?

I do not understand serious chess indeed. I have no patience and understanding. I had it for all other things. For love, preference game... Therefore, as a serious chess player I was "a nought"! But by 1965 I "had grown high" already and won the city blitz championship I did the Moscow championship in 1966. And I played much than a little 47 times in Leningrad finals every year. Whether I got into it or not nevertheless I was allowed to play for old merits. Migration of chess players from the city and from the country was growing as "a snow ball". At first it was slow, then all the more. Went away those who was something decent, but in other countries now. And Leningrad championships began to gather all the less representative body, and a chess itself lost popular charm.

But nevertheless how did Your chess lines more in 60-70 of the past century? Who was your teacher, the trainer?

A well-know master V.Makogonov taught me two years in Baku. G.Borisenko and S.Furman spent much time with me in Leningrad. I represented nothing in "chess classics" at that time. Blitz, incessant fighting with strong grand masters improved my class. I began to understand something. For example, I became a champion of the voluntary sport society "Trud"! Then I got into an International tournament in which I was not allowed to play. It was the beginning of 70th years. And then it turned out that I began to understand chess so well that my blitz results lowered. Earlier I understood nothing and was afraid of anything, and now I know one should not play this way and that way as well... But one is absolutely not in need of understanding in playing blitz! Only hands are important there...

So, we passed directly to the blitz, that thing where You achieved the greatest successes and became a fame! But quick brains are also needed here!

Head plays "the second fiddle" and further on there took place the known events, "the perestoika" (reforming) stroke "a chess clan" considerably Chessplayers had no place to gather together. Out of fifty chess clubs there were no more than five. Commerce in a chess brought to that grand masters stopped playing in internal championships, but they began visiting different countries as trainers playing for their club teams. It happened that our chess was all the less needed. And then there appeared fearful enemy number one - the computer! This senseless personality absolutely deprived grandmasters and masters of their personal style! Either you play, as computer recommends and you choose an optimum decision. And the risk, a bluff, chess tricks go to the second plane. But I remained an adherent of a chess where the psychology plays an important role. It turned out, that great masters learnt computer's things, but they have no motion very often in pure psychology how to move figures on the chessboard when his partner is leading an obviously "perpendicular" strategy. A very solid grandmaster Vasily Yemelin, who "made rustle" in the "Aeroflot Open" lost five chess games in succession to me, and there was no computer drawing in any game, but there was deviation from the generally established norms. And then I found "bonanza", Trompovsky Opening. Then I did not know still, that it carried such a name, but I liked the more "Bg5". Tigran Petrosyan called of his lectures: " An opening to one's taste or why I love the move "Bishop g5"? In truth, he made it the third one. And I guessed on the second move because to be the first it is can not be according to the rules. The "Bishop g5" is a pure kamikaze which is often lost, changed, let ship... But, nevertheless it turned out, that one could play without it if your pawns on the black squares. I had a simple strategy. I discovered nothing new everything was according to Nimtcovich. It is called coordination of forces according to the rules! Accordingly, if the pawns control the squares of one color then your figures should control of squares, in order your position reminded "a hedgehog" custom-house all the time! "The enemy" shouldn't have come! And an idea of "hedgehog" prevails now, even at the computer! Of course, there are some counted variations still, but when one is calculating, all the time he gets to the wrong place. I made observation, that if a chess player, or an ordinary man, married for example, he chose the wrong direction! To make blunder is all the same his profession! Even great masters make blunders up to this time! I play chess trying to make less choosing. Choosing is a fearful thing! To guess where you lose a Knight, and where "life", is a dark affair! Therefore I try my opponent could choose and I hope, he will do the next blunder! A man is bound to make it! It is so because humanity hasn't become cleverer! Judging by everything what takes place in the world one can not see that we are decent people! Such events happen eternally at ours, which couldn't be looked upon, including those on the chessboard! It paints especially that a grandmaster practically can not create a masterpiece! Even G.Kasparov, having scarified a castle in the tenth game against V.Anand, recognized after wards that it was his home preparation. Thus, it can not be called the masterpiece, as it is "a computer produce". When Karpov had to play with Anand, by the way, in very "nice" situation. Anand had played six knock-out rounds while Karpov got that right at once. He consumed all his purse, that is all his worked out variations. I don't say about his energy. And then Anand thought out to play Trompovsky opening at the score 2:3. In so far as the elite does not esteem this opening, even A.Karpov could not understand its subtleties and the score became equal! Who has rushed by this high barrier which makes knock out? Ponomarev, Khalifman, Anand. Kramnik tried, - didn't succeed. And Kasparov does allow this in no way, explaining it differently. And it is but one. The risk in using such a system is greater than risk itself!

Playing blitz, one must not think and it is better to understand less.
Master is young, when losing feathers eaglets are learning to fly!

To be continue...

Translated by Sergeev V.V. Town of Pushkin.


На верхupdate 19-03-2005 

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