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Interview with Zhao Xue
Sunday, 22 July 2012

Dear Zhao Xue, what are your impressions of Armenia? Do you like the city of Jermuk?

I like natural landscape very much, people are very sincere here, the fruits are perfect and massage is also good. I like Jermuk as there is a good chess atmosphere here.

You always participate in Grand Prix tournaments. Which Grand Prix tournament impressed you more and what was the reason?
The tournament in Nalchik, Russia because I won the tournament.
All Grand Prix tournaments have rather strong participants. What can you say about the participants of this tournament? Do you think there are favorites?
I am able to participate in the Women Grand Prix, a tournament where all players are very powerful. It is difficult to say who is the most powerful, sometimes result is not the only answer. If I have to choose one of the players as a favorite, of course I’ll vote for myself.
The results of this type of tournaments play a great role in the struggle for the world champion. What character traits do you appreciate in a person? What you wish to see the world champion?
I think integrity and hard work are the most important qualities for success. A more exciting game, while at the same time, the promotion of chess in the world. I think professional tennis is the best example of this approach.
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