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Zhao Xue: I want my husband was not a chess player
Tuesday, 04 May 2010
040510_xue-int-2.jpg- How many times have you been to Russia?
- I can’t say for sure because I have been to Russia more than ten times.

- How old were you when you started learning to play chess?
- I was eight and a half. Actually it’s a very late start. The whole thing is that chess isn’t so popular in my hometown.

- Where do you live now?
- I have lived in Beijing for more than 10 years now. I have a coach. We’ve been working together since 2003.

- Why did you move to live there?

- We’ve got a peculiar system in China. The only place where you can study chess on a professional basis is Beijing. It has a special chess centre, so, for the most part, our national players live there. Sometimes I go to study in that centre as well.

- Do you actually live in that centre?

- Well, at the moment, I’m studying at the university, which is the oldest one in China, so I live in a dorm.

- What is your specialty?
- Politics and, specifically, governmental management.

- Are you planning to be a politician?
- No, politics is not the only subject we study there. We’ve got many more: economy, sociology, history and law. I became a student to learn more about life which, I’m sure, will help me play chess better.

040510_xue-int-3.jpg- What do you suppose you will do when you’re through with chess? Pia Cramling, for example, has said that she will keep playing for all life.
- Well, you know, she’s been one of the world’s best players for many years now. She won the European championship and is still keeping on with her chess career. I think I wouldn’t be able to do that.

- But you today’s game was brilliant.
It is OK.  But it’s not that my play was brilliant, it’s that my opponent’s one was not very good. She made a serious mistake, and I won easily.

- Do you travel alone?
- Mostly, yes. Sometimes my coach accompanies me, sometimes he doesn’t. It is not a big problem for me, because I am not a little girl, I feel quite comfortable by myself.

- How do you prepare for a game?
- I always get in touch with my coach through the Internet, and he always gives me some advice. I don’t feel quite good over here. Sometimes my play does not look like mine, and I can’t focus.

- What does your usual day look like when you are at home?
- I have little free time because usually I am very busy. I must study hard now – examinations are coming soon. So, when I go back home, I must catch up with the other students.

- What kind of music do you like?
- I like popular music. I listen to western music, because it helps me to learn English.

- What was the last movie you saw?
- I can’t remember that now, but I love American serials like “24 hours”, “Vampire’s diary”. And my favorite movie is “Beautiful life”. It’s a Polish film about the World War II. I like historical movies.

- Do you go in for sports?
- Yes, I like badminton. I think I’m the best badminton player in our chess team. I also love playing table tennis but I’m a lot better at badminton.

- Do you have a driving license?
- No, I don’t, but I want to learn to drive.

040510_xue-int.jpg- And what about cycling?
- Bicycles are very popular in China, especially among students. Our university is very big, so we move around the campus on bicycles.

- Do you like Russian food?

- Yes, I do. As a child, I used to love meat, fish and yoghurts. Russian yoghurt is better than Chinese.

- Can you cook?
- I can cook Chinese noodles.  

- Are you thinking about a family?
- Of course, I am. Sometimes chess players feel very lonely. I want to have my own family, but it is not so easy to do. It depends upon a lot of things.

- Will your future husband be from the chess community?

- I think, no. I am a chess player myself, and I don’t want my husband to belong to this community. I want us to be different, so we could learn new things from one another.
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