This year she can't be the first
The last year winner of Maia Chiburdanidze Cup Bela Khotenashvili is fighting for superiority this year too, but unfortunately it is impossible for her to repeat the triumph because one round earlier Slovenian grand master Anna Muzychuk didn't let anyone overcome her and justified the status of favourite. For the last two years Bela's results are advancing, consequently we have special interest for her: she essayed her powers in Georgian team, on the Europe Championship on the fourth board she gained silver medal and did her bit in the success of team. Despite this she also tasted failure' which is difficult to overcome for every sportsman, but fortunately she found strength and energy to fight for victory again. In this tournament she didn't have the best start either but in the end overtook leaders and now she can gain the second place, it depends on the last game. After yesterday's game she agreed to answer some questions.
-Bela how can you explain the loss of points at the beginning?
-As you know two days earlier finished Tbilisi Municipality Cup, where I was also playing. There were playing very strong participants and I had to fight with high class men grand masters. I played succesfully on this tournament but got really tired and as it seems I couldn't restore my strengths for the first rounds. Fortunately then I managed to gain points, but I can't say that the feeling of tiredness disappeared. I hope that the resource I have today physical or chess will be enough for the good finish.
-You mentioned Municipality Cup and we want to ask some questions about this tournament too, how did your success reflect in numbers?
-First of all I want to thank everyone who organized this competition, it was a good present and necessary for professional growth. I gained 6.5 pionts, it was enough to take the third place in women. Several months earlier I had 2460, but because of bad performance I lost 50 points. On Municipality Cup I gained 12 points, I hope in this tournament my rating will also increase.
-You are the winner of the last year Maia Chiburdanidze Cup and were considered to be favourite this year too, were you thinking about victory?
-Of course I was thinking that's why I played this tournament but I know that you can't always win, so it won't be a tragedy for me.
-In this year your ratig increased so that you were included in the Georgian team. Did a failure influence on you?
-Yes unvoluntarily, it is the fact that Olympic team is almost complete, only one spare place is left and I will have a claim on it. I hope that the results of Municipality and Maia Chiburdanidze Cup will help me to be included in team.
-Who are in the team?
-Maia Chiburdanidze, Nana Dzagnidze, Lela Javakhishvili and Salome Melia, all of them proved that they are worth playing in the team.
-There are four months left before Chess Olympiad and many things can change in ths time. Are you going to participate in tournaments to strengthen your positions?
-Yes probably, but I haven't concrete plans. The main thing is to prepare well.
-As I know you were preparing without coach, are going to continue so or is there anyone who helps you?
-Unfortunately I still don't have a coach and I am studying on my own probably it will remain so until the Chess Olympiad, except official meeting of team federation will provide us with everything. But before this it is necessary to be included in the team.