My primary concern is my family duties
Chess News is on the air with Dmitry Andreikin who has just won the Grand Prix stage in Tashkent. Greetings Dmitry. It my first serious tournament which I won solely since, probably, the Russian Championship in 2012. For two years, I have been playing quite well and my results were good but clear first is clear first, all the more that it was a real supertournament. In Baku, I lost only 5 Elo points and I don consider that a disaster. It was just that I hadn played for a long time before Baku. Of course, I had had better expectations, but I think the Baku stage was within the normal limits anyway. After a long break, I wouldn usually be able to adapt to a tournament at once, even though I might feel opposite like being fresh and full of new ideas. It was like that in the Candidates, it was like that in Baku. And, of course, when you start a tournament from two losses or 0.5/4 it won become too good for you anyway. Here in Tashkent, I was certainly a bit tired, but the fact that I had been already warmed up was of more importance.
Another key factor is that I didn play at my full capacity in Baku; after my poor start I just began playing for fun, checking out some interesting ideas, trying to be pleased with the very process of play, etc. I recall we already heard this from you during the Candidates tournament. Ok, maybe in a sense that I would try some new ideas which I wouldn try otherwise. At the same time, I fight hard for each half a point in any case. This approach worked very well for me in the Candidates when it brought me the tie for the 3rd place in the end. Saying «for fun» I mean just playing chess without any obligations, but also without giving up in difficult positions in the Candidates, I saved, for instance, the ones against Aronian and Anand.
Of course, here in Tashkent it was already no fun, because I had grabbed the lead and had to take care of keeping it. For example, yesterday game as Black vs Gelfand was very difficult, both the game and the preparation. In another situation, I could try something more interesting and creative as the opening, but here I strived for the maximum score. Of course, that game was very important. These days, I work on chess mostly on my own. Besides, there always a lot of housekeeping, so I really lack time for any special physical preparation. I sleep well enough after this all anyway.
Nor do I practice physical training during the tournaments, although maybe I should. Sometimes I feel overloaded with all those opening lines prepared. Thinking about openings and preparation 24/7 isn of much help, it just tiring. For example, today against Giri I failed to disconnect myself from all this stuff maybe that why my today opening was so poor. So, maybe I really need some methodics to get rid of that, to refresh the brains.
By the way, I was feeling exactly like this in 2012 when I won several tournaments. Probably being in a condition like this can be useful when you are completely immersed into chess, but is that really equal to feeling happy? Hard to say. The thing is that I not too concentrated on chess between the tournaments, and I believe that fine for me. In fact, I consider my family duties (as a husband and a father) more important than my chess. Of course, whenever I go to a tournament I concentrated on chess. But chess isn my primary concern in my everyday life. It hard to say whether it should be like this, but that the way I prefer for the moment. But, as I have been successful here in Tashkent, and thus have got a good chance to be successful in the whole series (and maybe to qualify for the Candidates again, as a result), I will play in Tbilisi. It depends on what kind of defeat it was. If it was the objective outcome then it not a disaster you just need to analyse the game, make your conclusions and admit that the opponent played better. If you were just unlucky (which is of course much more painful) you can listen to music, or go for a walk, or watch a movie that is, to abstract away from it, and to play the next round as if nothing has happened. At least, that how it works for me. Of course, I against any kind of chemical interventions.