The FIDE World Chess Championship will take place in the Hotel Potrero de
los Funes Complex, in the Province of San Luis, Argentina, from September 27
to October 16, 2005.
WCC San Luis 2005 Press Release
Polgar: “It will be an extremely difficult and exhausting event”
Judit Polgar, the only woman among seven men for this World Chess Championship
San Luis 2005, spoke to the Press Office of the event. “It is going to
be an extremely difficult and exhausting event from mental and physical point
of view”, she said, and that’s why she is carrying on a very important
physical training. “Every game can be extremely hard”, she stated,
revealing one of her training methods: “I am preparing against my opponents
one by one with both colors”.
Tips for this competition? “To be very clever, to save energy for critical
moments of the tournament, fighting spirit, stability, and to be very strong
in mind because the pressure will be high”. The Hungarian GM remembered
having good times in previous journeys to Argentina and has a special remembrance
of Najdorf and his family.
1. What are your expectations about this important competition?
I try to prepare the best way I can for this World Championship and to play
the best chess I can.
2. How do you evaluate the way of play of this competition? (Double round-robin)
It is going to be an extremely difficult and exhausting event from mental
and physical point of view. After all it is a world championship and everybody
I think has a very serious preparation already before the event.
3. Which are your favourite players among your seven opponents? And who
will be the toughest?
Generally I think it is clear to me that the toughest opponents will be the
highest rated players, but I am an experienced player and I know that every
game can be extremely hard. All the players come to Argentina to win and fight.
4. How are you preparing yourself for the WCC Argentina 2005?
I am preparing against my opponents one by one with both colors and of course
a lot on my repertoire. Also the physical training is very important part of
5. Do you think that you will be coming being in your best competition
Definitely it is my goal to be in my best shape and I hope I can be.
6. Which will be the "tips" to win the competition?
To be very clever, to save energy for critical moments of the tournament,
fighting spirit, stability, and to be very strong in mind because the pressure
will be high.
7. Will this tournament be very different from all the others you have
In one hand it is not going to be different because I have played in many
strong competitions in the last decade, but in the other hand it will absolutely
different. I will prepare much more than for other events. Also there will
be much more tension than in a regular tournament.
8. Will the spectators be seeing "new things" in the way of
Well, I am pretty sure that all the participants are going to prepare surprises.
9. Why should spectators not miss this championship?
Because it is a historical world championship and now that Kasparov has retired
and Kramnik is playing unstable in recent times, people will consider having
a World Champion again, even if some of great players are missing for this
10. Name the first things that come into your mind when you think of Argentina.
When I go to Argentina I have good time or very good time while I am there,
hehe. I remember Miguel Najdorf and his kind family.
Short biography of Judit Polgar
Grandmaster. She is one of the greatest attractions of the World Chess Championship:
the strongest woman in chess history. She will be the only woman in a men’s
environment, but she lives it as a normal situation and doesn’t care.
She is the only woman who has defeated the great Garry Kasparov and also the
only one to make it to the top ten (Elo: 2735). Polgar has achieved her success
by abstaining from participating in tournaments where there is a sex based
Source: Press Office of the WCC San Luis 2005