Peter Svidler (Пётр Свидлер; Pyotr Svidler, born June 17, 1976, in St. Petersburg is a top grandmaster. He is four-time Russian champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003) and in 2001, he reached the semi-finals of the FIDE World Chess Championship. He won the first edition of the Chess960 Open held in Mainz, Germany. At the 2003 Mainz Chess Classic, he became Chess960 World Champion. He successfully defended his title twice, defeating Levon Aronian in 2004 and Zoltan Almasi in 2005, before losing it to Aronian in 2006.
Svidler came shared second in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 in San Luis. In 2006 he was second behind Alexander Grischuk (on tie-breaks) at the World Blitz Championship.
We bring you the last interview of the Baku Grand Prix, which is Petya's. He told us about a funny questionnaire for chess players. The question was: "Why did you decide to be a chess grandmaster?"
a) I love the beauty of the game
b) I would like to crush all my opponents
c) I do not know what to do anything else.
Want to know Peter's answer? Watch and enjoy the interview!