Dmitry Andreikin is no stranger to computer games. He first shot to prominence as an internet blitz phenomenon and has only recently converted that potential into success in "over-the-board" chess. In a recent profile/interview he revealed he could imagine life as a Starcraft player.
Evgeny Atarov’s unconventional ChessPro profile of the defending Russian Champion and World Cup finalist took the form of Andreikin describing photos from his album followed by a quick-fire 25 questions. Highlights included:
Andreikin is usually a super-solid player, but managed to lose three games at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting in 2013. It wasn't all bad, though!
Just a couple of the 25 questions, the first about learning chess when he was five:
Did the game make an impression on you?
Yes, for me it was a kind of prototype of war. From the very beginning chess wasn’t a sport but a game. Just like toy soldiers…
Can you imagine yourself in another profession?
Absolutely… I just watched a very interesting video – the StarCraft II Championship. It’s held over many stages and for each the prize fund is $170,000! I love that game and in general it’s my top strategy game. So I could get into professional gaming, but any other profession – absolutely
article at ChessPro (in Russian)