Interview with Nana Dzagnidze: “I like sonnets and Shakespeare very much”

Nana Dzagnidze showed her strength over the chess board from a young age when she won the under 12 World Junior Championship 1992. From this moment she has gone from strength to strength and in 2008 was part of the Georgian National Team which achieved Gold in the Dresden Olympaid. From January 2009, she has been a regular in the Top 10 players on the FIDE Women’s list.
Nana, you have had a lot of international experience. How important is it to you to play in the Grand Prix and what does this mean for you and your country?
This is my second Grand Prix and it is very important to me. So far I am satisfied because in Geneva I shared third place and in Dilijan I shared second place. So this is the third tournament for me. This is important as I believe I have a chance to win this Grand Prix series and play for the World Championship match with Women’s World Champion.
We know chess in Georgia for women is very strong. What support do women get for top players and for players who may not be as strong for the National Team?
The Government support us. We have a ministry of sport and they support us a lot. They help us with our travel expenses, with accommodation and we get a monthly salary. I think it is a great support for us as I have heard in many countries it’s not like this. The Federation supports my coach for this tournament. Chess is quite popular in Georgia and before it was even more popular. We have many people following our games in Georgia.
You mentioned about people following you. Is your family following your progress in the tournaments you participate in?
They are always following my results and games online. My child is saying “mum mum”.
Would you want your son to play chess when he is older and would you want him to become a professional chess player?
I will teach him how the pieces move and of course I will want him to play, but not professionally though. For him to play professionally, it is very hard, you need lots of energy and it can be quite nervous at times. I don’t want my child to be a professional.
You had an exceptional performance in Jermuk, Armenia 2010 where you scored 9/11 which consisted of 7 wins and 4 draws. Do you think this has been your best performance in an event, if not, the best against quality opposition?
I think it was of my best performances along with my performances in Gibraltar.
There are a few things you like to do other than play chess. What type of books do you like to read and what type of poetry do you like?
I like sonnets and Shakespeare very much. I don’t think they would inspire me in chess as there isn’t much connection between the two. When I am reading books, especially during chess tournaments they should be easy reading. I like romantic historic books.
Some of your favourite poets are Georgian; Galaktion Tabidze and Lado Asatiani. What is it you like about these poets?
Why I like them is because they love Georgia very much. It’s how they feel about their country. They are patriotic and they are close to me.
What type of music do you like to listen to?
I like to listen to music before the games. The type of music I like to listen to is pop music. I don’t like to listen to jazz before my games. When listen to music, it does all depends.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to me and I wish you all the best for the tournament.
Thank you.

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