Have you ever been in Armenia? What are your first impressions about the city of Jermuk?
This is first time I have been in Armenia. I like here very much: the air, the trees, and the people also are very nice.
Which of the previous Grand Prix tournaments was more successful for you and what was the reason of it?
I became champion in FIDE Women Grand Prix Nanjing 2009. The main reason I won was God’s blessing. Also I prepared very much.
What expectations and objectives do you have from this tournament?
I hope I can do my best in this tournament and enjoy it.
All Grand Prix tournaments have rather strong participants. What can you say about the participants of this tournament? Do you think there are favorites?
Yes, the participants are very strong in this tournament; everyone has an equal chance of winning.
Which important traits do you appreciate in people? How do you want to see the world champion?
Honesty, goodness. About world champion: foresight and patience.
The Grand Prix men’s tournament was devoted to the 80th anniversary of the world champion Tigran Petrosian and this tournament is devoted to the 100th anniversary of the famous chess composer Genrikh Kasparian. Are you familiar with his creations?
Sorry. I have not been familiar but now I am.
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