Indonesia open

GM Yu Yangyi: “I only want to play well”

China’s GM Yu Yangyi is the fourth seed and one of the favourites to win Indonesia Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012.

Yet the tournament leader after seven rounds of play insists that all he wants to do is to play well and will be talking the tournament game by game.

This has always been the approach of the young 18-year old chessplayer who finished in an unbeaten fifth place in the recent World Junior Chess Championship despite playing the best chess there.

Yu speaks very little other languages beside his native Mandarin and we have to thank Li Chao for helping translate the questions and answers for this interview.

Yu Yangyi

Yu Yangyi

Q: You played your countryman and translator (smiles) Li Chao in the sixth round with leadership of the tournament at stake and you both played for a win instead of making a friendly draw?

A; We fought hard for over three hours. But still we did not overdo it while trying to take advantage of any chances that arose so it was still a draw in the end.

Q: So what is your target in IOCC 2012?

A: I just want to play well and to collect as many points as possible.

Q: What do you think of your performance and to be the leader of IOCC 2012?

A: I have played well but did not imagine I would be leading. I just play with full concentration and wait for any mistakes by my opponents.

Q: In round eight you will now have to face another countryman from China, this time GM Lu Shanglei.

A: Of course I have found out who my opponent would be and have also looked up his openings and will play accordingly. If I play well I should be able to win.

Q: Last year our translator GM Li Chao (smiles) became champion of IOCC 2011. Do you think you can emulate his achievement?

A: This tournament is strong and I will try my best. Becoming champion would be very nice but I will just focus on playing my best.

Q: What do you think of Indonesia?

A: Indonesia is very nice and so I feel content to be here.

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