Interview with Maria Eizaguerri Floris from Huesca (Spain)

Interview with Maria Eizaguerri Floris from Huesca (Spain).

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Maria is the only girl playing in the open sections of the World Championships together with the boys.

  • Hallo, Maria! Welcome to the interview. Please, introduce yourself and tell something about your chess carier.
  • I am Maria from Spain, I am 14, next month I will become 15. I live in Huesca. I like to play chess.
  • When did you start playing?
  • I started when I was 6. After that I came to our local club and started to learn more.
  • Who was your first coach? How did you learn chess?
  • I learnt to move the pieces from my father. We bought a book of Kasparov or Karpov. Later I started to play tournaments.
  • What are your best results? What have you achieved so far?
  • I won Spanish championships many times. When I was 8 years old I became 4th, last year at the World youth championship I became 8th.
  • Who is now your coach? Or you work by yourself?
  • Now my coach is GM Josep Oms from Lleida.
  • I know him… How many hours do you work every day?
  • With my coach?
  • Or alone. All time that you spend on chess every day.
  • May be, 2 hours.
  • What are your favorite subjects in school?
  • Mathematics and, may be, informatics.
  • How many years do you still have to go to school?
  • 2 more years, after I will go to the university for more 5 years.
  • In which city are you going to study in the university?
  • In Zaragoza.
  • What do you like to do in the free time?
  • To play badminton and piano.
  • Which expectations do you have from this tournament?
  • I hope to do well. I will play in the open section with boys.
  • This is excellent experience and practice! I wish you lot of luck since it is not so easy to play against the boys. Everybody will try to beat you. I hope you will finish very well. I will be specially following your play. Thank you very much for the interview!

Sergey Tiviakov. 10 September 2019